I’ve been invited to a Sportive (there’s a shorter option of 30-40 miles) next week that sounds like fun…but I haven’t been on a bike for years (apart from nipping to the shops etc) and have never ridden more than about 10 miles. It’s in the Cotswolds so am assuming some hills but nothing too drastic.
On the other hand I’m reasonably fit and run two or three 10ks a week.
It’s work-related so I don’t want to embarrass myself. Should I a) take the challenge; b) be inspired to get my bike out of the garage, rack up some miles over the summer and hope for a repeat invite next year; or c) never think about cycling again?
The thing you will struggle with is being on the bike for hours and being comfy. 30 miles is about 50km, would take a fit rider a couple of hours if there was about 500m of upness with maybe one stop. Do you know how much elevation is in the route (or perhaps you have a link)?
^This. 30-40 miles sounds like a substantial distance, but in reality it’s 3-3.5hrs tops. Just prepare for climbing hills at a pace you’re comfortable with and being in the same position for a chunk of time.
Most of all (if it’s a nice day) make the most of being out in the countryside and remember to enjoy it
normal sportswear will be fine, but you would probably find some padded shorts comfy. cycling specific jerseys are good for storing stuff like food / a jacket / tools, but you could get a saddlebag.if it’s a sportive you’ll probably have some mechanical support anyway?
I dunno mate, if it goes near Hook Norton / Great Rollright the roads basically go up then down then up then down… you get the picture. I did some triathlon training around there a few years back and massively regretted it.
But yeah you should do it, what’s the worst that could happen?