There’s no need to get in a spin with our top tips on get­ting pre­pared to Pedal for Scot­land

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START NOW: The amount of time re­quired to train for Pedal for Scot­land will de­pend on your fit­ness lev­els.

Al­low­ing more time, rather than less, will give you the best chance of ar­riv­ing at the start line in good shape.

Start now and cy­cle a few times a week if you plan to ride the Clas­sic Chal­lenge event.

Those who can al­ready ride 50 miles could aim for the Big Bel­ter over sev­eral months of train­ing.

A great way to pre­pare for any of the rides is to join one of the many group led rides for the event. You an find them by vis­it­ing www. ped­al­forscot­land.org BUILD SLOWLY: It might be tempt­ing to go out and ride for hours in one go just to see if you can, but this will most likely lead to sore leg mus­cles and ex­treme fa­tigue. In­stead start with a dis­tance you can al­ready man­age and build the mileage slowly over the weeks of train­ing.

Adding a shorter, faster train­ing ses­sion each week will help you build power in your cy­cling mus­cles. BE EQUIPPED: You can com­fort­ably ride the Clas­sic Chal­lenge on a range of dif­fer­ent bikes, in­clud­ing a hy­brid, moun­tain bike or racer bike.

A racer will be best for the Big Bel­ter be­cause it’s lighter and eas­ier to ride over longer dis­tances.

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