How to train for long distance

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We’ve got a rider lined up for the Ride Across Britain, and here’s how she’s preparing for this long distance endurance cycling event

Laura Scott is an ultra endurance cyclist, who grew up moving between England and Canada. She picked up cycling four years ago after deciding to ride from Paris to London after a few beers down at her local.

Last summer she took on the iconic Trans Am Bike Race, completing 2,200 miles with a dislocated shoulder and fractured collarbone after being hit by a car on day one.

On 9th September Laura will be taking part in the Deloitte Ride Across Britain; 969 miles from Land’s End in Cornwall to John O’Groats at Scotland’s northernmost tip, over nine days.

The sportive takes place every September, and is 9.7 times the mileage of RideLondon, 4.3 times the ascent of the average Etape, and three times longer than London to Paris.

Goal Setting

Anyone can extend their endurance and achieve 100 miles or more; it is just about teaching your body to go longer.

I have always found it useful to set goals/milestones to hit in your training. As you become used to riding certain distances, it is important to adjust your goals every few weeks.

For example, if your initial goal is 100 miles start adding on 10-20 miles each week till you hit your goal.

Physically and mentally this will help you reach your target.

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