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    A Guide To Using A SPOK'D Training Plan - Part One

    A Guide To Using A SPOK'D Training Plan - Part One

    Despite having ridden bikes for many years, I've never used a training plan before. It never seemed necessary, as I was just riding for fun, and being lucky enough to cycle for work meant that I wasn't short of KMs each week. Regular Dirty Wknd rides sort of worked like a plan anyway; laps Tuesday and Thursday, hill reps Wednesday and Friday, longer rides most weekends. However, I always wondered if working to a specific plan, with a proper workout, would make a difference to my fitness and riding ability. 

    What Is SPOK'D?

    In the words of founder and ex pro Rich Lang, "SPOK’D is more than just a cycling software tool. It's your cycling coach." I've never had a coach either, so this sounds very interesting. Lang goes on to explain that every week the plan adapts to the rider, taking in to account your work week and social commitments. Then, based on the results of your training, the plan updates further to ensure this balance of work vs rest is maintained. "To get faster on the bike, it’s not about going harder. It’s about being smarter" finishes Lang. All sounds pretty good to me, let's give it a bash!

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    The Dirty Festive 50 - The Festive 500 For Runners!

    The Dirty Festive 50 - The Festive 500 For Runners!

    The Festive 500 is a great Christmas challenge for cyclists and something you should try and undertake, if you have the time. Cycling 500km in 8 days, through the Christmas period, is no mean feat. It requires planning, dedication and no small amount of luck to go your way. This is why the feeling of completion is so sweet on New Year's Eve. Yes, you have deserved that mad night out (or bed by 10:30pm, totally up to you!)

    But what if you know you can't complete the challenge. Maybe you're away for Christmas or you know there's a load of unavoidable family time booked in. Cycling for 2-3 hours per day is a big ask, so why start a challenge you know you can't finish. And what other options are there out there that take less time?

    Well, we've just created one! Presenting the 'Dirty Festive 50', a Christmas challenge for runners, walkers or the chronically short on time! We challenge you to run, walk or crawl 50km in the 8 days between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. However you want to complete the challenge is fine by us, but it must be outside and on your own two feet!

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    Top Tips For Completing the Rapha Festive 500

    Top Tips For Completing the Rapha Festive 500

    So you've decided to attempt the Rapha Festive 500? Good on you. It's a tough challenge and a fun thing to do over the Christmas period. However, due to many circumstances that can pop up over the 8 days, it can be very hard to complete the Festive 500. As someone who has attempted the challenge about five times, and completed it a grand total of zero times, I can attest that it is pretty tricky.

    If you're still unsure as to what exactly the Festive 500 is you can read our handy guide here. If you haven't yet signed up for the challenge I can highly recommend it. At the very least it might get you out of the house on Boxing Day when Uncle Gerald starts arguing with Aunty Maude and Mum is suggesting another round of 'Eye Spy'.

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    A Beginner's Guide To The Rapha Festive 500

    A Beginner's Guide To The Rapha Festive 500

    Whatever your opinion of Rapha (and nearly everyone has one), it's hard to argue that the Festive 500 is not a good thing. Riding your bike more is generally considered to be a good thing, so joining a world wide challenge to help you ride your bike more can only add to that good thing. 

    But what is the Rapha Festive 500? This being it's 10th year, the #festive500 (you have to use a hashtag every time you type it, it's the law) is a self set challenge to ride 500km in 8 days. Sounds pretty ok, right? 62.5km per day doesn't sound bad, what's the big deal? Well, those 8 days happen to fall in between Christmas Eve and New Years Eve!

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    Christmas Gifts For Cyclists 2019 Edition

    Christmas Gifts For Cyclists 2019 Edition

    Christmas is a wonderful time for cyclists. So many opportunities to give and receive gifts that will increase the love and passion for cycling. Whether you're a rider hoping to receive that all important and game changing upgrade this year, or you own a cyclist and you want to put a massive smile on their face come Christmas morning. 

    Our curated list below is based on the things we really want to receive this year, simple as that. We've split the list in categories and have tried to give a broad representation of price ranges to suit all. However, if you're ultimate gift is not included and you feel it should be, comment below or tell us on social media (@dirtywknd). Who knows, maybe your loved one will see it and be inspired!

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    Free Digme Fitness Week For Dirty Wknd Club Members

    Free Digme Fitness Week For Dirty Wknd Club Members

    From 4th - 11th Nov 2019, Dirty Wknd members will have access to a free Digme Fitness class anytime during that week. Read on below for more info...

    Indoor Cycling is a great way to keep your cycling fitness and form up all year round, but especially during the winter months. A 45 min class in the warm and dry can be a little bit more tempting than a 3 hour ride in the rain and, to be honest, it's probably going to do you more good as well.

    However, we're not talking about your average spin class here! Our partners Digme Fitness run the best indoor cycling classes in London, complete with useable and trackable data to gauge your improvements. The classes are road cycling specific and an incredible workout, and best of all they are accessible and open to anyone. Beginner cyclists benefit hugely from these types of classes as they are a great introduction to things like training with power, cadence and heart rate.

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