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100 mile+ rides

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Anyone else on here partial to a long days cycling too? Last year I was doing two 100 miles rides a month or so and been getting back into it with the longer days. I set a goal of doing a 200 miles within 24 hours ride just for kicks, my best is 153 miles but that was knowing the route by heart in perfect conditions. 

Any long distance tales or tips?

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Not sure how active he is on here now, but @CalopS puts in some insane mileage.  Worth a follow on Strava...

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@trialsmax04 doesn't frequent these parts much nowadays, but covers more miles on the bike each year than the 12 active TF users do their cars combined. A lot of it comes down to time in the saddle, miles in the legs :)

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I did a 200k a while back but can’t say I enjoyed it too much. It was a great day out, and had a load of laughs but after 140k my max power output was severely depleted (anything uphill had us crawling along) and my back was in pieces. 

My friend from work has over 100 audax points this year though. He will ride with anyone as long as it’s a long way!

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I've done a few UK based 500mile epics as well as multiple road cycling trips abroad in warm climates. So, Eat LOADS. Drink LOADS. I run 2 water bottles and have bananas in the back pockets (as well as spare change for coffee shop stops)

Having a gouch friendly saddle helps. One of the ones with a cut out down the middle that eases the pressure on that part of the anatomy.

Going straight into the low front end of a road bike in the drops can be absolute murder. So getting used to that flat back ride position would help. Try not and grip the bars too tightly, but rest your hands on the bars. Swap between the hoods and drops regularly.

You really have to think about making circles with your pedal strokes. Being clipped in and finding that flow and consistency with pedalling helps. Bend your ankles as much as your knees.

If its cold, a good set of socks and gloves go a low way. The extremities of the body, like fingers and toes go numb the quickest and its not pleasant. If its warm and sunny, get the sun block on the neck, backs of lugs, calves, knees and fore arms.

Edit: Oh, and bog roll if you're going to be in the middle of no where for a while. All those energy gels and bars (f**k that shit) mixed with coffee really gets the guts moving.

Hope that helps.

Edited by Ross McArthur

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