Last minute training

South Downs Way Mountain Bike Challenge Man Hill Climb 210x137 Whilst we would always recommend a long and thorough training schedule ahead of taking on any of our off-road bike rides, we do know that sometimes it's just not possible. So if you've got a mountain bike challenge in the next 3 weeks check out these super fast, intense fitness models. They might just get you fighting fit in time for the ride. 

The below is our suggestions for last minute training for our 75 mile London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride. If you're taking on a different event, the distances can be adapted based on the length of the ride you're taking part in. 

The most important question

If you're looking at this page, chances are you've not got long until the ride, and you've not done much preparation. It's important to ask yourself if you seriously think you'll be able to do this ride. Research the event and the challenge involved and ask yourself honestly if you think you can get yourself in shape in time for the challenge. You will need to put in a lot of hours in a short space of time to get yourself anywhere near ready for the ride and if you push yourself too hard on you'll run a high risk of causing yourself an injury. There's no shame in being sensible and waiting till next year, or taking on a different challenge instead. If you're feeling confident, read on. 

Three weeks to go and I've not done any training yet

Week 1
Four days of riding the following distances: 10 miles, 10 miles, 20 miles and 40 miles.
You should aim to spend some time training on the road and some time off-road. Aim for 5-9 hours of road cycling and 7-14 hours off-road. 

Week 2
Four days of riding, increasing the distance throughout the week: 20 miles, 20 miles, 30 miles, 60 miles.
9-13 hours of riding time on the road and 12-24 hours off-road.

Week 3
The event is at the end of the week, ride three days decreasing the distance throughout:  30 miles, 20 miles, 10 miles.
Do these rides early in the week.
4-6 hours of riding time on the road and 6-12 hours off-road.

The actual event is just a bit further than the longest ride you have done so if you manage these distances then you should be able to use the adrenaline of the day to fuel you to the finish line. 

Two weeks to go and I've not done any training yet

Week 1 
Four days of riding, increasing the distance throughout the week: 10 miles, 15 miles, 20 miles, 40 miles.
You should aim to spend some time training on the road and some time off-road. Aim for 5-9 hours of road cycling and 7-14 hours off-road. 

Week 2
The event is at the end of the week, ride three days decreasing the distance throughout:  40 miles, 20 miles, 15 miles.
Do these rides early in the week.
5-7 hours of riding time on the road and 7-14 hours off-road.

One week to go and I've not done any training yet

Check your bike works. Good luck.