Start your cycling training 3 top tips to get your training off to a great start


Taking on a charity cycle is a unique challenge.

There’s nothing quite like being out in the fresh air, feeling the wind on your face and watching the scenery go by.

There will be tough moments on your journey but when you cross the finish line, you’ll know that you’ve achieved something amazing, both for yourself and for children across the UK.

We’ve teamed up with Full Potential, professional athletic coaches, to help every member of #TeamNSPCC get to the start line happy and healthy.

Every week we’ll bring you top cycling training tips. Every week you’ll get fitter and stronger until you’re ready to roll.

1. Get the balance right

When you’re preparing for a challenge, there’s always the temptation to launch yourself head-first into your training programme.

Our advice is to start slowly. You need to find a balance between training and the rest of your life. Training requires focus and commitment but it doesn’t have to take over.

Structure your training around your life, not vice versa. Don’t train hard every day as you’ll soon get very tired and very bored. By all means put some harder sessions in, just make sure you have easy or rest days too.

2. See the big picture

Getting ready to cycle a long distance is tougher than you think. Unless you’re a seasoned cyclist, you’ll likely be using muscles that you haven’t used before. You’ll ache in unusual places. Sometimes you’ll get off the bike and your legs will feel like jelly.

There will be ups and downs along the way. Some training sessions will be brilliant, some will be horrible. It happens to us all.

See your training as a big picture where each week you paint a little bit more to make it more complete.

3. Track your progress

Write down all your cycles and how you felt after each one. It’s an excellent way to track what’s working and what isn’t.

It’s also great for some extra motivation. If you ever feel like you’re struggling and the last thing you want to do is get back on the bike, then you can look back at your journey and see how far you’ve progressed.