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How To Ride 100 Miles On Your Bike When You Haven’t Done The Training

How To Ride 100 Miles On Your Bike When You Haven’t Done The Training


– Sound familiar? You’ve signed up for a hundred mile ride. And maybe it’s for charity but you haven’t been able
to get the training in and you’re nervous. I mean, you’re really nervous. – Yeah. It’s not surprising really because riding a century
is a pretty big deal but we think we can get you round one if you follow this advice. (upbeat music) – On one hand, we want to make this ride as easy as possible and we can do this by making sure our bike is in tip-top condition. So start off by making sure our chain and gears are clean and make sure our chain is moved up. If a chain is rusty and dry, then it’s going to rob
you of precious energy. Then, we’ll look at our tire pressure. I would go for an 80, 90 PSI and that’s a good ballpark for a road bike but it totally depends on your weight. You don’t want to be too soft because that will also
rob you of good energy or you don’t want to be too hard because, frankly, that’ll
be far too uncomfortable. And then, we want to make
sure our bike is clean because, after all, a
clean bike is a fast bike. (upbeat music) Now, this is super important because, ultimately, food is fuel and you need to make sure you keep eating and drinking throughout your bike ride. But before you set off, think really carefully about what you put in your pocket. Yes, sports nutrition products are great and they pack the calories needed and are easily digestible but we would suggest you go for some solid normal foods like jam sandwiches,
flapjacks or even oat bars and that seems to work
really well especially if you’re not used to those
sport nutritional products on your stomach. And on that last hour, if
you need an emergency kit, why don’t you take a gel. (upbeat music) So the first thing to do
on morning of the event is to check the weather. The
last thing you want to be doing is carrying around wet weather kit if there’s no chance of rain. 13 degrees and sunny. Perfect. Make sure you’ve got
good kit that fits well and is comfortable because the last thing
you want to be doing is riding an ill fitted kit ’cause it’ll slow you down. You might feel like wearing Lycra but if you can grin and bear it, tight lycra really does work and it’ll make your riding a lot better. (upbeat music) Keeping your undercarriage as comfortable as possible is also paramount. But if you haven’t done
a ride of this length, then you might feel a little bruised at the end of the day. But don’t worry because
you will get through it. One thing you can do that will prevent any chaffing or unwanted irritation is to use something as
simple as chamois cream. Think about it as a
lubricant for your bum. I personally don’t use it but some people really find it helps. (upbeat music) We can’t stress how much of
an effect this will have. Even if it’s only one rider, it’s the equivalent of taking your 100 mile ride and
taking it down to 70. As long as you keep nicely tucked in behind the rider in front making sure you’re saving as much energy as possible and giving you the best chance of getting around your 100 mile ride. (upbeat music) – That said, you need to
be really conservative with your own pace. So if the person whose
wheel you’re following goes a little bit too
hard for your upper climb, you need to be prepared to back off and let them go. – So try riding the climb at
a comfortable pace for you. This stops you burning precious energy more quickly than is necessary. – You can think about it
a little bit like a car. You’re going on a long journey and you only got a limited amount of fuel. If you start accelerating really hard away from junctions or
going really fast up hills on the motorway, you’re
going to burn through that patrol really quickly so you need to drive efficiently and it’s exactly the same
when nursing your body around a century. – So be conservative and sick to a pace you’re comfortable with the entire way around your hundred mile ride. (upbeat music) – Despite those tips, the 100 miles is still sounding a little bit daunting. So why not go for a 25 mile ride instead and then just do it four times. – Yes, sounds stupid but it works, not only physically allowing
you to grab some food and have a nice respite,
but also mentally. We can all do 25 miles,
so don’t worry about it. And before not too long, the
ultimate goal will be in sight. – That’s right. Make the most of the
little break that you get between your 25 mile rides. Take on some food. Maybe fill up your water bottles and mentally reset before
you start the next leg. The only thing I would say
is you probably don’t want to rest for too long between 25 mile rides because it is going to be a big day anyway and if you start adding in loads of rest, you might actually find you
start to run out of time. – Know as the day wears on, you might find you stiffen up. So try to be disciplined, and maybe keep those breaks to around five to ten minutes before you get going again. Right, I reckon it’s time to get going. – Already? – It’s been 10 minutes. – Man, time flies. In summary then, the first step is to try and make that 100 miles as easy as possible. So you make sure your bike
is in tip-knot position. You make sure your clothing
isn’t going to hold you back and you make you shelter from the wind as much as humanly possible by following a rider or
riders in front of you. – Then you need to think
about your own ability. So fueling up as best as possible and being conservative in your pacing. And don’t forget to shave your legs. – Hang on a minute, mate. I thought we established
that we weren’t going to recommend leg shaving, it really doesn’t make much difference? – Really does. Looking good. Feeling good. Going fast. It makes sense. – We’ll carry this debate on a little bit later on. In the meantime, please give
this video a big thumbs up. Best of luck in your century quest. I’m absolutely positive that you’ll make it round. Just follow the advice that we’ve given. And if you would like a
little bit more information about the nutrition side of things, which is super duper important, then we’ve got a video
devoted to that subject. You get through to it just down there.

31 comments on “How To Ride 100 Miles On Your Bike When You Haven’t Done The Training

  1. I didn't read all the comments but in the video they didn't really talk about hydration. I think that is very important too.

  2. I thought this was supposed to be "how to wing 100miles with no training and as little preparation as possible".

  3. Learn from experience on a long distance sportive:

    Don't cane it like it's your 10 mile commute for the first 30 miles.

    Don't suck the wheel of someone who is obviously faster than you.

    If that hill gets too much, just stop, there's no shame in it and you won't be the only one.

    Accept that probably between miles 50 and 70 you will wonder just what the ** were you thinking??

    Learn to understand that the quantum physics of space time will impose a degree of elasticity on the last part, and thus the distance between the sign that says "5 km to go" and the finish line is the square of your desire to get the hell of this damned two wheeled monster.

    Wear that cheap piece of lighweight mass produced bling like it's solid gold.

  4. I rode 110 miles without having cycled in 2 years. Found this video too late, but it was alright. The next day I rode 70 miles.

  5. I did a 50 miler on my tod and cycle probably half that distance once a week if that. I stopped a couple of times for a pint and it was a great day out. I felt pretty fresh at the end.

  6. If I shave my legs, I will have to shave my whole body because I would just look funny with no cloths on

  7. After my first century I thought I was going to die. I trained, but not enough. I don’t recommend doing one without training.

  8. Still doesn't answer my question. So after carbo and water intake… U gotta drop a duece eventually. How and where does the cyclist do this discreetly? You know mile 75 cramp in lower ab, you take a break, 5 min. Break…ears ring, tunnel vision and BAM turtle head poking out the Lycra. Whoo buddy! Doom

  9. I've got a double century coming up in 2 weeks. I've not managed to train half as much as I would have liked. I'm shaving my legs. I don't care, every watt is going to count over that distance!

  10. Check the weather: did that yesterday. Forecast said it was going to be 23 °C, no chance of rain. So didn't take any waterproofs (planned distance was around 130 kms).
    By the afternoon it was lashing down, no chance of stopping..

  11. Ride London to Surrey 100 miles tomorrow.
    I did 22 miles on the 28th of may and 40 mins on an exercise bike last week.

    It's for charity so I'll try and complete it.
    My plan: eat well, hydrate well, and pace myself.

    I'm not sure how my ass will feel though!

    I'm 93 KG so dread hills.

  12. Did the Ride 100 yesterday, only did 45 miles as my max as training, new baby gets in the way. No training, just commuting each day 6 miles total. Just rode sensible, tried not to go off to quick and managed my ride to my heart rate to ensure I didn't push to hard, except for the hills. Then freewheeled on the way down them to recover, also a few stops to take a breather helped with correct fueling.

  13. Get an early start. As a cyclotourist I get everything ready the night before so at first light i.e. before you even see the sun begin to rise I can start eating some miles up. For which you will be rewarded by the dawn chorus of all the birds singing. Breakfast is in the handlebar bag in case you were wondering…
    Also take some soothing nappy powder and creams to look after your bum, because a rash willl turn even the most expensive saddle into a prickly pear cactus.

  14. I started active cycling this year in april and i ride about 4-5 times a week between 30 und 50 miles and once every 2 Weeks i go for long distance rides. The first time i rode 100 miles was on a 40 years old Olmo Gran-Prix Bike where i lost my gears after 70 miles. My goal for this year is a full TDF distance in the Alps with 145 Miles and do it under 10 hours (Systemweight=240 lbs) 😉

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