Training

Staying Healthy

There are plenty of off-the-bike ways to ensure you're in tip-top shape for your next cycling challenge. From strength training moves and the best stretches for cyclists to self-massage tips and how to use riding to beat stress, discover simple ways to stay healthy below.

  • Medical Advice Please read this advice carefully – we want you to enjoy the event as safely and comfortably as possible...
  • Self-massage tips Avoid having to employ your own soigneur with these self-massage techniques that target post-ride muscle soreness...
  • Look after your skin Expert James Gillespie of www.reactivbodycare.com has put together some simple ways for you to protect it...
  • Roll out tight muscles The foam roller should be your friend. It’s an excellent tool for cyclists, but you need to persevere with it. Here's how...
  • Stay safe in the sun Tan lines are cool, red-raw sunburn is most certainly not… here’s how to stay safe next time you’re riding in the sun...
  • The importance of recovery The quality of your recovery should match the quality of your training. It’s a bold statement and one that is misunderstood – or ignored – by many cyclists...
  • Uncomfortably Numb Long stints in the saddle can lead to pain and numbness for more than 20 per cent of cyclists. If you’ve suffered in silence until now, here’s how to prevent one of cycling’s most common injuries…
  • Fix hand problems fast You’ve got enough to worry about when you’re out on your bike without stressing about sore hands, so next time your hands hurt, follow this advice to prevent painful paws from ruining your ride…
  • Tube Train At this time of year, punctures can be a pain, but turn a negative into a positive by embracing your inner Blue-Peter presenter and transform the stretchy rubber hoop of a holed inner tube into a great off-bike workout tool...
  • Stretch Yourself The human body isn’t designed to be hunched over a bike for hours. Find out how to stay supple and stretchy here...
  • Sleep on it Poor sleep doesn’t just make you tired: it’s bad for recovery, performance and your immune system...
  • Recovery Rides he need to recover effectively is a vital part of your quest for better riding. Find out more here...
  • In a Spin Spin classes can offer a great alternative to road training...
  • Knead for Speed Physio Chris Ball explains the mysteries of massage and we show you how to do it yourself...
  • This is Hard Core Try this simple sequence of exercises to banish backpain from your riding for good...
  • Workout for the Best We bring you the final five moves in our sequence of 10 exercises to help you to build a stronger core...
  • How to treat sunburn If you return from a long sunny ride looking like a lobster, follow GP and cyclist Andy Ward’s advice…