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