Getting started on Ride300 3 top tips to get you into the saddle and off to a great start

Top tips to get you started on your cycling training journeyThere’s nothing quite like being out in the fresh air, feeling the wind on your face and watching the scenery go by. 

The next 30 days will be a challenge but once you’ve completed your final ride, you’ll know that you’ve achieved something amazing, both for yourself and for children across the UK.

We’ve teamed up with Full Potential, professional athletic coaches, to help every member of #TeamNSPCC take on Ride300 happy and healthy.

1. Get the balance right

When you’re preparing for a challenge, there’s always the temptation to launch yourself head-first into your challenge.

Our advice is to start slowly. Be realistic with your goals and build your riding up gradually, ensuring that you factor in rest days in between. By doing this you won’t dampen your enthusiasm and burn out, plus you will reap the positive effects of cycling far more efficiently. 

2. See the big picture

Unless you’re a seasoned cyclist, you’ll likely be using muscles that you haven’t used before. You’ll ache in unusual places. Sometimes you’ll get off the bike and your legs will feel like jelly.

There will be ups and downs along the way. Some sessions will be brilliant, some will be tough. It happens to us all.

See your rides as a big picture where each week you’re ticking off a few more kilometres of the challenge.

3. Track your progress

Ensure you’re keeping track of your rides so you know when you’ve reached 300k.

Whether you’re using Strava, a Fitbit, or using your own logs, write down how you’ve felt after each ride. It’s an excellent way to track what’s working and what isn’t, it’s also great for some extra motivation. If you ever feel like you’re struggling and the last thing you want to do is get back on the bike, then you can look back at your journey and see how far you’ve progressed.