The Catley Lakeman-sponsored London to Paris bike ride (see Regional news, issue 201) is looming. Although June may seem a long way off, it will come around faster than expected for the riders who have signed up, writes Natalie Fast.
In the run up, we will be profiling some of the competitors to find out how their training is going and if they have any top tips for readers who might fancy such a challenge.
It seemed fitting this week to feature a seasoned pro, so I chatted to David Pegler from Brewin Dolphin’s Brighton office. He is not shy of long distance competitions, having raced the London to Paris before, and he completed the gruelling Austrian Iron Man last year in 12 hours and 24 minutes.
Pegler always liked cycling, but started swimming and running additionally after his children, in their delicate way, remarked on his physique.
‘I live in the South Downs, so mountain biking has always been my great love. But when I was 39, the kids said I was “a bit fat”,’ he explains, ‘so I went for running as a high impact option, and then swimming for a low impact one. I carried on cycling and ended up doing all three disciplines.
‘I wanted to renew my support for the [Leukaemia & Lymphoma] Research charity. I will take any excuse to get on my bike.’
Currently, Pegler is training eight to 10 hours a week, four to five of these dedicated to cycling. ‘I try to cycle to and from work one or two days a week and will increase this to three days a week nearer to the time. It’s a good 36-mile round trip.’
His top training tip is to try to cycle for your commute, as he says it forces you to get on the bike and get used to being on the road. However, he also has some excellent advice for poor weather: invest in a turbo-trainer or rollers, so you can get used to cycling on your own bike, but from the warmth and comfort of inside.
You could even set this up in your office and use your bike on your lunch break. ‘It’s more intense riding inside, so you wouldn’t have to go so many miles,’ he explains.
Pegler will be contributing to our blogs and also writes his own blogs, so follow him for more training tactics.
Pegler’s top tips for the ride are:
• Try commuting on your bike
• Take part in some long rides, such as the Evans Cycles sportive road events
• Get used to taking on nutrition during long races
You can follow his current training blog here: www.trihardtraining.blogspot.co.uk/