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    British Heart Foundation London To Brighton Bike Ride 2019

    British Heart Foundation London To Brighton Bike Ride 2019

    We are absolutely ecstatic to announce Dirty Wknd as the official training partner for the British Heart Foundation's London To Brighton Bike Ride. Every year on Father's Day (Sun 16th June), thousands of people will ride from Clapham Common down to the Brighton seafront on mostly closed roads and this year you can be involved.

    As official training partner we will be running 12 training rides exclusively for L2B riders, as well as providing training blogs, videos and tips to help you get ready for the big ride.Not only that but we will be entering a number of discounted Dirty Wknd teams into the event. So if you've always wanted to cycling London to Brighton, or want support the great work BHF do, now is your chance!

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    90 Day Booze Free Fitness Challenge: January Update

    90 Day Booze Free Fitness Challenge: January Update

    I haven’t touched a drop of alcohol since New Year’s Eve. I haven’t even really been tempted -  not even in the pub watching England dismantle of Ireland in the Six Nations last Saturday (sorry Stephen). If you read my first blog (if you didn’t, you can do so here) then you’ll know that I am not drinking for 90 days for research purposes. Namely to see if not drinking will effect my health (weight, muscle mass etc), mental health (bit harder to define) and cycling performance (mostly FTP results).

    Before going into the results, it might be worth a quick note on how easy (or not) abstaining from booze has been. This is the longest I’ve gone not drinking since the age of about 15, so it’s quite a big deal, and not a great description of my teenage years. What can I say, not much going on in rural Norfolk! However, the first month has been surprisingly easy. I haven’t missed drinking, apart from the odd pang usually at about 5pm on a Friday night. It has probably helped that most people have been doing dry January. Perhaps February will be bit harder.

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    Dirty Wknd Ride London 2019 Training Series

    Dirty Wknd Ride London 2019 Training Series

    Ride London is one of the biggest sportives in the world and a fantastic and challenging ride through London's closed streets and famous Surrey lanes. It's a tough ride, but one that is very doable with a bit of training and a great group of ride mates around you. Our 'Ride London Training Series' is now in it's 3rd year and going from strength to strength. This series of London group rides will give you the tools to perform to the best of your potential and, most importantly, enjoy the day! 

    All of the rides are free for members. Membership is just £9.99 a month (the same price as one ride!) and you get loads of other perks too (10-50% off our partner brands). To find out more and become a member - Click Here.

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    What Is Average Speed And How Do You Pick The Right Group

    What Is Average Speed And How Do You Pick The Right Group

    The questions we probably get asked the most revolve around average speed and which group is the 'right' one for people to join on a ride. Not only that, but the fear of picking the 'wrong' group or being worried about the level of the ride is probably the biggest cause of people not joining a ride in the first place. And this isn't just new and beginner riders; we get questions from experienced riders who are also trying to gauge the pace of the ride too. It's big deal, so we thought we'd cover some of the main concerns, as well as try and explain what each of the group levels really mean.

    It is worth saying at this point that none of the below is designed to put people off from joining a ride or even the group they want to join. It's merely a guide to try and help you into the right group or ride for your level, and then give you options when you do feel ready to push yourself a bit more. If you are at all unsure about what group to join then please always email us or message us on social media. We're aways happy to have a chat and work out what's best for you.

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    Alice Thomas PT - January Offer

    Alice Thomas PT - January Offer

    Many cyclists don't pay attention to the 'off bike' side of fitness, thinking that purely miles upon miles is the best way to up their performance and get faster. Well, that simply isn't the case. Getting into the gym or a strength class might actually be a much quicker way to see those sought after gainz!

    Not only that, at this time of year gyms are warm, and chucking some weights around for an hour might seem a lot more appealing than a 3 hour ride in the rain. But where to start? Strength training can be complex - what weights should you lift? How many reps? What even is a rep? It's a minefield, which is why our club PT Alice Thomas' January member offer couldn't come at a better time.

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    Win A Cycling Holiday To Costa Blanca

    Win A Cycling Holiday To Costa Blanca

    An escape from the harsh winter conditions is a welcome relief for anyone, but it's even more glorious for cyclists. Riding in shorts with the sun on your face, long cafe stops sitting outside topping up your tan and post ride beers as the sun goes down seem like a very distant memory in those long winter months!

    That is why the 'cycling holiday' is such a treat over winter. Some much needed vitamin D usually means hopping over to Europe where the roads are open, the scenery is beautiful and cycling is oh so good. Getting away for a week or weekend will not only help to keep you sane in the winter months, but it's a great way to kick start your training for the spring and summer to come.

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