Whilst it can be all too tempting to opt for the longest distance in an attempt to gain bragging rights amongst your peers, be sensible and look to match distance with what’s realistic in terms of an achievement, where you are with your training and how long you have to prepare.
For the most part you may be training alone which means you seldom have anyone to share the workload with or face the wind whilst you try to recover. Take this into consideration and remember that riding efficiently and saving energy in the bunch will mean that you may be able to step up a level in distance than you’re normally used to. For example, if your goal is to conquer a century ride then make sure that your training builds up to regular 70 mile solo rides. Smart riding, adrenaline and courage on the day will all help you go the extra distance.