Whether you're a seasoned Sportive rider, or just thinking about your dipping your toes for the first time, then feel free to contact me.
My experience of Sportives goes back 15 years, covering such diverse events as l'Etape du Tour (1995), the "Midland Monster", the Polka Dot Challenge and a completion of the classic Lands End to John O'Groats . I have also ridden 6 mountain stages of the Tour de France and completed the Raid Pyrenean ... as well as riding all 100 miles of the South Downs Way on a number of occasions !
Oh - and I've completed 3 out of 5 monuments (Paris-Roubaix, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Tour of Flanders) as well. I'm just waiting for the opportunity to get the other two! (Milan-San Remo, Tour of Lombardy)
Trust me, I have suffered on the hills far more than most would ever want to and I know that training to get the best out of your body is key (if you want to enjoy the hills !)
So, you've had the pub conversation that we all fear. Maybe your soon-to-be-ex best mate has talked you in to riding up the Alpe d'Huez? Or your colleague from Finance has signed you up for a 3 day London to Paris fun fest? Perhaps you have decided that it's time to get fit again and you've signed up for your first "century" ride. Who knows!
Well, anything is possible with the right training and, trust me, the Alpe d'Huez is hugely enjoyable when you come down the descent !
The fitting session is conducted at your home, or place of work, at a time to suit you and includes diagnosis of common cycling patholigies and overuse syndromes associated with cycling. That's a fancy way of saying we help you avoid the pitfalls that are commonplace in cycling and therefore and minimise your chance of consequential injury!
Experience shows that the foot-pedal interface is the key aspect of rider comfort, so we focus on adjusting the cleats in fore-aft and medial-lateral positions, as well as checking for unwanted foot rotation We also assess the need for shims, either as foot wedges or to adjust leg length discrepancies.
Our mobile bike fitting services are perfomed using the BikeFit Systems products and methods, along with Hudl slow motion capture videos.
I do focus on fit to road bikes for foot/pedal, backside/saddle, hands/handlebars etc but some aspects are indeed relevant to MTB and Tri-bikes.
When you think your body has completely "had it", there's a least 100 miles in the reserve tank - you just need to know how to tap in to those reserves. That's really easy for me to say, of course, but how can it be done it reality?
The answer is not a magical tap on your handlebars that you can open, when you need an extra dose of something. Equally, it's not ripping open a handy gel and expecting to turn in to Geraint Thomas or your favourite Pro cyclist. The truth behind how you can access those hidden resources is rather more mundane. Yes it is about being fit enough, Yes it is about being hydrated and fuelled properly but, most importantly I believe, it is about knowing you are prepared and that you can adapt, improvise and overcome if you need to.
So, why can't you prepare enough? What gets in your way of achieving your personal Sportive objectives? What does success look like, when you think about attempting L'etape du Tour, La Marmotte, Paris-Roubaix or events closer to home such as the Dragon Ride, Fred Whitton or Peak Epic. What would other people say is stopping you?
Let's get talking to find out what is blocking you and then find ways to get over, under, around or through them!