Olympic, world, Commonwealth and European champion during a glistening triple jump career – and still the world record holder to boot – Jonathan Edwards is one of Britain’s finest ever athletes.
But the world of cycling is a whole lot different to the world of hop, skip and jump as the 47-year-old will find out when he tackles the 60-mile, closed-road Etape Pennines sportive on Sunday July 20.
So fittingly, ahead of his first ever cycling event, Edwards has enlisted the services of a man boasting a similarly glistening palmares, and one who is no stranger to logging big miles on the road.
Olympic and European champion, former world champion and still world record holder, track ace Steven Burke is already a big name on the boards despite being just 26.
And with long, training rides on the tarmac a key part of his preparation for the track season and a new road team – Haribo-Beacon – for 2014, Burke has been passing on advice to Edwards ahead of the sportive
So how do you prepare for your first 60-mile sportive? Burke shared some of the tips he will pass on to Edwards with RoadCyclingUK.