Train to gain

If you’re targeting a century ride, you may be starting to think ‘Am I training enough?’ or even ‘Perhaps I should start training this week!’

Wherever you are with your training, our friends at Wattbike are here to ensure you reach your goal by helping you to fit your training around a busy lifestyle and making sure you get the most out of every session. If you want to get a head start then test yourself to set your personal power and heart rate training zones.

During the week time is limited for most people so indoor sessions, which focus on high-quality interval-based training, are a great way to train and will complement your longer outdoor riding at the weekends. The experts at Wattbike think this is the best balance to ensure you get the most out of your riding while still managing all your personal and professional commitments.

The most time-efficient way to train for a sportive is using a combination of power, heart rate and cadence and there's no better way to do this than on a Wattbike. The Wattbike is appearing at gyms up and down the country but if yours doesn’t yet have one then why not ask the gym manager if they have any plans to get one? 

The ultimate convenience is, of course, to have your own Wattbike at home but if you are looking to train just before or after work then the gym is a great alternative. The Virgin Active Health Club at 200 Aldersgate in London (pictured) has a great set up. Its suite of eight Wattbikes means you can get involved in a group class based on power or just take a session from the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 Training Plan (which will be published here in due course) with you and enjoy a session on your own.

If you spend some of your weekend riding with your friends then you’ll know how motivating it can be to challenge each other – first to the top of the hill, sprint for the road sign or just keep pushing on chaingang-style at 30kph+. Indoor training should be no different apart from being able to track your performance and get the most out of those intense 45-minute sessions. Drop in to your local Virgin Active or other gym and ask about the Wattbike – it will make a big difference.

Also ask the personal trainers at your gym for some guidance on getting set up on the Wattbike but also for pointers on exercises to build your core strength as this will really help your cycling, including your efforts on climbs like Leith Hill and Box Hill.

Don't underestimate the climbing on the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 as, while Box Hill may not match an Alpine pass, you will certainly be ascending with fatigue in your legs at that point. 

Wattbike is the Official Indoor Bike of Prudential RideLondon.

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