1. Don't panic!
1. Don't panic!
A record 86,001 cyclists entered the ballot for the third edition of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 sportive – and this week approximately 25,000 will have received the news that they have secured a place on the start line.
First off, congratulations… it’s a superb event – we rode the inaugural edition in 2013 – which has established itself as one of the top sportives in the UK – and undoubtedly the most popular.
But now it’s time to prepare ahead of the ride on Sunday August 2. The nature of the RideLondon-Surrey 100 – it’s mainstream popularity and ballot entry system – means many will enter on the whim in the hope of securing an entry, without too much thought as to preparation and training.
If that’s you, the first thing to remember is… don’t panic. While 100 miles is undoubtedly a long way to ride a bicycle – any cyclist’s first century is a significant milestone – there are six full months between now and August 2.
In reality, most reasonably fit people can ride 100 miles on a bike and cyclists of all shapes, sizes and ability will cross the finish line in London.
However, a century ride remains a daunting prospect, and while in reality the RideLondon route is relatively flat, the combination of 100 miles in the saddle and the route’s three main climbs – Newlands Corner, Leith Hill and Box Hill – will undoubtedly test unprepared legs.
The best way to enjoy the ride on the day and all it involves – riding on closed roads on an excellent route, cheered on by roadside spectators in a carnival atmosphere – is to make sure you’re well prepared.
So, now we’ve told you not to panic if you’re fretting at the sight of entry confirmation that’s just landed through your letter box, what else do you need to do between now and August?