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Welsh Cycling head coach Darren Tudor’s top sportive tips

Tudor prepares to help rugby legend Gareth Thomas take on Etape Cymru

I think looking at this particular route, it’s 88 miles and they’re hard roads – you’ve got the mountains on top of that as well. The types of roads are heavy going as well. It’s a hard 88 miles, there’s not going to be a lot of places to hide. I guess it’s making sure you are in good enough shape to ride six, seven, eight hours.

Darren rallies the troop ahead of the Etape Cymru training ride – ensuring you have the legs is vital for preparing for sportives

You need to make sure you get out at the weekends and if you can’t get out in the evenings you need to be on the turbo trainers. That’s ideal for the workload you’re going to have on the climbs.

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