We have designed four route distances with increasing mileage (44, 76, 104 and 140) and climbing in each. The 44m we keep sensibly easy but with a couple of climbs, the 76m has a few challenging hills and the 104m has a few longer, steeper climbs and 140m is as tough as we can make it! If you want to push yourself then we suggest that whilst you set yourself a challenge, you don’t go massively over both the distance and climbing that you have accomplished before. Push yourself on one but not both at the same time! The key is to set a challenge that is sufficiently stretching and for which you know you can train in the time you have available before the event.
You can change your distance at any time so if the preparation doesn’t go well don’t worry. However, it’s much more satisfying to be realistic in your goals and to be able to achieve them. A sensible achievable challenge is roughly not more than 25% over and above what you’ve more than once recently ridden. When we chat to riders in the broom wagon, they usually confirm that significantly more than this has resulted in failure. Of course, with a favourable wind, a super human effort and great support along the way, you’ll achieve the unthinkable. But preparation is everything.