It’s been a glorious summer here
in London and for a lot of people the focus was on the massive cycling event here - Ride London. If you live in London then you can’t help but be effected by it (whether you like it or not!). So how
was your Ride London?
It seems like ages ago now, and the dust has settled - well, it would have done had it not been the first day of rain for 8 weeks or so (and boy did it make up for it!).
Anyway, Did you participate? Maybe as a rider or in another way - did you give someone a lift, or were you one of the many volunteers? Myself, I didn’t get a place to ride this year so I volunteered.
Sounds noble, but honestly all I did was wave a flag, blow a whistle and make sure no one rode in to the traffic island I was standing in front of!
It is of course, a hugely inspiring event. It also raises a huge amount of funds for loads of charities. So although there are a few dissenting voices in London, I myself really hope it’s here to
stay - in all honesty, it’s by no means perfect, but it gets better every year.
So if you’re not sure, just enter it. You’ll not regret it.
There are questions that you will start to ask though:
Are you doing it for charity or through the ballot?
Are you doing the 19, the 46, or the full 100 on Sunday?
Did you do the 19/46 this year but want to step up a distance next year?
Does that extra distance worry you? - Feeding, how do I eat!? Drinking/hydration - how do you drink out of a bottle whilst moving!!?
Maybe you want to do longer training rides but not sure where to start or where to go!?
Or you you might want to go faster next year (we all want to get faster!)?
Would it be better experience if you more confident riding in groups?
There's a group of you ythat want to do Ride London (either work or charity)?
How on earth do you improve on all that!! Well, my advice would be before anything else to plan ahead. Don’t wait until June to think about these things. Get out riding. Then you'll have a much
better idea of what you need to do to complete your challenge. As the great man Eddie Merckx said; ‘Ride as much or as little, or as long or as short as you like, but ride.’
I take groups out throughout the year, of various abilities, and help individuals and groups overcome some of these anxieties. Some of it with simple drills, others just by sharing some of my
experiences on various adventures and sportives that I’ve done well, and probably more pertinently sharing those mistakes I’ve already made!
We can learn to become more confident in groups, improve communication skills whilst on the move, as well as becoming more confident about route planning and taking rides further afield then maybe
people are used to. Perhaps stepping a little out of that comfort zone.
If this sounds like something that you might find helpful, please do get in touch and we can discuss what your goals and barriers are about training and with a little bit of hard work we can get you
riding confidently and achieve your goals!