Go the extra mile
Taking on the Velo Birmingham? Daniel Lloyd, former-pro cyclist at Global Cycling Network, offers his top tips to help you get through your first 100-mile race.
1 Train on hilly terrain ahead of the event. The Velo Birmingham route has over 2,000 metres or climbing, so it’s important you are prepared.
2 Learn how to feed effectively. Over the course of a 100-mile ride, you’ll need to take on a lot of energy to fuel you all the way to the finish line. Aim to take on board a gel or high-energy food every 40 minutes to avoid hitting “the wall”.
3 Get Get used to riding in a group. Riding in a ‘peloton’ can save you up to 30 per cent energy compared to riding solo. With 15,000 riders at Velo Birmingham, there will be plenty of opportunities to ride in a group with other riders, but it’s important you know the skills and etiquette required ahead of the event.