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    Hi this is my first long term ride and I need some advice on training. I cycle to work every day 11 miles each way about 50 minutes each time so I ride about 110 miles a week in a little over 8 hours a week. I have seen the training programme suggesting doing a long cycle on a Sunday which I am happy to do. But is cycling twice a day in the week enough training or does it not count if I split the distance throughout the day? What should I do to get ready? I would appreciate any advice?

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    Alan Bull

    Hi Alia,

    It’s great to hear that you are planning on cycling from London to Paris soon. When will you be doing the ride? Independently or part of a group?

    As for training as part of your commute. It’s so difficult to find the time in a busy week to go out and cycle for a couple of hours a day, doing this on your commute is one of the best ways to do this.

    Your daily commuting will give you a good level of general fitness, but you do need to get a number of longer rides under your belt to train for endurance. The weekend rides are great for this and it’s good to follow a training plan like that found on this site.

    Your body needs to get used to burning energy over a long period of cycling and doing so on consecutive days, just like the London to Paris bike ride. Therefore make sure you do quite a few long rides in the weeks before your trip.

    I would say if you can comfortably complete a 60 mile ride like the London to Brighton then you will be more than prepared for Paris.

    #507 Reply

    I think Alan’s absolutely right. You definitely need to work up to longer rides. There are things which only become apparent after a couple of hours, and you’ll need to be thinking about food and nutrition as well as comfort on the bike.

    What period are you doing the L2P over? What sort of pace will be expected? You might need to look at doing some speed sessions too to push up your overall pace (that’s if you’re doing one of the 24 hour L2Ps)

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