Training for a cycle event

Cycling challenges are designed for people of average fitness but you still need to have a training plan in place. You will need to prepare for the challenge ahead and ideally your training should start months in advance.

Preparing for your challenge

Overseas cycling challenges will be on different terrain and in different temperatures to the UK, and even if your challenge is in the UK it’s essential to get your body used to spending consecutive, long days in the saddle!

You could also ask at your local gym about a personal trainer, spinning or other fitness classes that could help in strengthening leg muscles.

Visit the Training Zone

Our training zone is an excellent place to start.

Here you can find the perfect training guide for your cycle whichever distance you've chosen, get top tips to ensure you've got all the kit essentials and get all your questions answered by experts.

Be safe and sensible

If you want to lose weight as well as get fit for your trek, it's best to consult your doctor to ensure you're doing it in the most sensible and appropriate way. They might be able to also suggest which foods will help give you more sustainable energy when training and during the challenge itself.

Remember when you're out and about training for your challenge, to always let someone know where you're going and roughly what time you'll be back, especially in the darker winter months.

Take a mobile phone in case of emergency or look into joining a local cycling club and have fun getting fit with others.

Try and vary the route you take if you cycle to work or at the weekends to help keep your training interesting. Ask a friend or family member to come with you - they can improve their fitness while keeping you company too!

There are lots of cycle paths and routes in the UK.

Get into gear

The right equipment and clothing are essential and will make all the difference to your cycle.

Don’t forget to buy your own CLIC Sargent cycle top to show that you are part of our team and helping to support children and young people with cancer, and their families.

Here is some advice from one of our suppliers, Scimitar Sports, the technical sportswear specialists:

  • Make sure you have a good pair of cycling shorts. Look out for shorts that have a chamois with a good level of padding. Shorts can cost up to £200, but it is unnecessary to spend this much. The padding used in expensive shorts is generally never any better than the cheaper versions.
  • Bib shorts are often used on long rides for their comfort factor and the fact they don’t ride up or down. It is a good idea to buy shorts with gripper around the legs and quite high at the waist to stop them slipping and that your shirt doesn’t ride up your back.
  • Whilst fully waterproof cycling jackets are good for rain storms they are not breathable, so lightweight reflective jackets can be better.

Choosing your kit boils down to personal preference and what will make you as comfortable as possible during the challenge.

Good luck with your training!

Find out more

For more information or advice, please contact our Challenge Events team on 0845 124 1188 or email: