By Jessica Ward
Fancy taking part in some cardio fitness in the name of cardiac health?
The British Heart Foundation has just added London to Bath to their portfolio of charity bike rides. This is a 113 mile run from Twickenham to Bath’s famous Royal Crescent, via some wonderful countryside and with some interesting hills.
As well as raising money for a fabulous cause, the event is a great reason for lots of people to get themselves fit.
Does it seem a huge distance? With training and determination it is more achievable than you think. While the event is not a race, the target time is a little over nine hours to ensure that no-one is left too far behind. This includes some brief snack and ‘comfort’ stops.
While this ride is unlikely to be suitable as a first event, it is perfectly possible for ordinary mortals to cycle the distance after some build-up.
So how could you approach this? The British Heart Foundation has collected all the training information needed to get you started. Most of the training focuses on cycling itself.
You should also include in your training program:
And the benefits?
This year’s ride is on October 5th, so go along to cheer on the cyclists for a good cause. After that, why not start training?
Who knows, next year you could be the one receiving the cheers!
I take my hat off to all who can do this!
My friend just did this bike ride, said it was knackering but he doesn't go to the gym, just cycles to work every day.
You also need decent road tyres!