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Human Race Cycling Beginners

   

Cycling Beginner

On this page you will find a range of support and advice to help get you to the start line in the best shape possible. We hope through providing you with tailored information from our range of partners and experts that you will feel confident and excited about taking part in any event. Take your time to read through the content and if you have any specific questions you can always visit our FAQ page or contact us on Facebook or Twitter.

Events Recommended for Beginner Cyclists

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Macmillan Cycletta @ Wiggle Dragon Ride Sunday 7th June 2015 Margam Country Park, Port Talbot, South Wales Read more
Macmillan Cycletta Bedfordshire Saturday 20th June 2015 Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire Read more
Macmillan Cycletta Scotland Sunday 19th July 2015 Scone Palace, Perth, Scotland Read more
Macmillan Cycletta Surrey Sunday 6th September 2015 Loseley Park, Guildford, Surrey Read more
Macmillan Cycletta New Forest Sunday 20th September 2015 Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Hants Read more
Macmillan Cycletta Cheshire Sunday 27th September 2015 Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire Read more
London Cycle Sportive Date TBC in 2016 Herne Hill Velodrome, London Read more

Training

Wattbike’s pedalling technique guide
Wattbike’s pedalling technique guide

When is the last time you thought about how you pedal? Although often overlooked, the correct pedalling technique can help you achieve performance gains like improved power output and ultimately more speed.

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Get the perfect bike position with Wattbike
Get the perfect bike position with Wattbike

Whether you need to be comfortable in the saddle during a 100km sportive, or you need to push the power through a fast and flat triathlon course, bike fit is a fundamental aspect of your cycling.

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10 Cycling mistakes most beginners make
10 Cycling mistakes most beginners make

Everyone makes mistakes when they first start cycling, which is why we’ve teamed up with the experts at the fastest growing social network for cyclists, The Cycling Bug, to help you avoid the worst of them.

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Sportives 101
Sportives 101

What is a sportive? Why should you do one? What do you need to know?

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Sleep: An essential training technique
Sleep: An essential training technique

A regular sleep routine is a fundamental part of any training schedule, and one that should be respected as much as your CV workouts, strength training, stretching and nutrition regime. In fact, scrimp on your sleep and you run the risk that you won’t get the results you deserve from the effort...

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Macmillan Cycletta Training Plan - Novice Rider
Macmillan Cycletta Training Plan - Novice Rider

Kerry Bircher is an enthusiastic and inspiring Personal Trainer and British Cycling coach. Kerry’s coaching career led to the development of RevolutionCycling.co.uk and evolved from her passion for all things fitness, giving up a marketing profession to provide women with the opportunity to get...

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Kerry Bircher's Training Tips
Kerry Bircher's Training Tips

Kerry Bircher is an enthusiastic and inspiring Personal Trainer and British Cycling coach. Kerry’s coaching career led to the development of RevolutionCycling.co.uk and evolved from her passion for all things fitness, giving up a marketing profession to provide women with the opportunity to get...

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Stephen Roche Tips for Beginners
Stephen Roche Tips for Beginners

1)    Be seen - Make sure you clothing is reflective and even in daylight make sure to wear bright colours.

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Winter Riding Tips
Winter Riding Tips

Our 10 top tips for riding in winter Mornings get frosty and evenings are dark, so what can we do to stay safe and stay warm? We have the answers and here are some top tips to keep you on your bike during winter.

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Wise words from British Cycling
Wise words from British Cycling

Wise Words: 33 ways to enjoy cycling even more Riding a bike is brilliant, we all know that much. But what would make riding even sweeter? Here are 33 ideas which might add a little more flavour to your cycling.

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Victoria's words of advice and exercise programme
Victoria's words of advice and exercise programme

Victoria has specifically designed a traininng programme to take you through a few weeks and get ready for your Cycletta challenge: Download Victoria's Training Programme

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Bike Advice
Bike Advice

Cycletta has teamed up with British Cycling, Cycling Weekly and Cycling Active to provide comprehensive support and advice about preparing for cycling; whether a seasoned regular on the bike or getting started for the first time.  We offer you online support, practical hints and tips.

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Bike Maintenance and Repairs
Bike Maintenance and Repairs

Five quick Bike safety checks The quick checks below should take less than 30 seconds but are an easy way to make sure you stay as safe as possible each time you go out on your bike.

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Victoria's Favourite Cycle Routes
Victoria's Favourite Cycle Routes

We asked Cycletta ambassador and Olympic Gold Medallist Victoria Pendleton to let us know some of her favourite cycle routes. Why not try one near you…

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How to get your bike to the event?
How to get your bike to the event?

To get your bike in the car: Firstly, take the front wheel off and put your bike on the back seats of your car.  A good tip is to think about putting a sheet down to stop dirt getting on back seats. A fast and hassle free way of getting your front tire off is with the use of a quick...

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Top Tips for Cyclists
Top Tips for Cyclists

Take a safe start position at lights: Wait in front of other vehicles when you're at traffic lights - the blue painted box with a white cycle symbol shows you where.

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Nutrition

Rhian Stephenson - Basic Sport Nutrition
Rhian Stephenson - Basic Sport Nutrition

High quality nutrition, consumed at the right time, and tailored for your training regime will result in more efficient training, performance and recovery.

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Why should Spatone® be your first choice iron supplement?
Why should Spatone® be your first choice iron supplement?

Spatone® has become the UK's best selling iron supplement¹ for a number of reasons... Spatone is natural Spatone is a naturally occurring iron-rich mineral water which is collected and packed straight from the source in the heart of Snowdonia, North Wales. The iron in Spatone is highly...

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The Importance of Iron
The Importance of Iron

Lead Legs? A drop in performance and an onslaught of fatigue? Don’t just sit back and watch as your training takes a nose-dive and there seems to be no ‘logical’ reason as to why. Iron depletion is one of those conditions that can disguise itself as being over-trained or under-rested. As a...

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Hydration

Hydrate the right way with Wattbike
Hydrate the right way with Wattbike

When thinking about pre-event preparation, one of the most important elements to get right is hydration.

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Hydration and Performance
Hydration and Performance

By Anita Bean BSc RNutr - Human Race Hydration Expert During exercise, staying hydrated is crucial for achieving peak performance. It may surprise you to know that about 75 per cent of the energy you put into exercise is converted into heat, and is then lost. This extra heat has to be dissipated...

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Equipment

What's in your pockets?
What's in your pockets?

Essential kit to carry on the bike.

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Wiggle Cycle Checklist
Wiggle Cycle Checklist

Whether you’ve been training hard for an upcoming cycling event or you’re considering your first ride, you’ll need to make sure you have all the equipment you need to perform at your best. Human Race partner, Wiggle, has put together this handy check list to make sure there are no surprises....

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Cycle Shoes Guide
Cycle Shoes Guide

This guide helps to explain the wide variety of cycling shoes available. We consider specific designs for road cycling, triathlon and mountain biking, and variations within these sub-categories. What are cycling shoes? Starting with the basics, what are cycling shoes and how are they different...

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Compression sportswear brand CEP announces the launch of its Night Run 2.0 range
Compression sportswear brand CEP announces the launch of its Night Run 2.0 range

With state-of-the-art production methods in Germany and medi compression technology based on decades of research, knowledge and experience in manufacturing compression sportswear, CEP has been going strong since its arrival in the UK in 2012.

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Top-tips for tip-top care and maintenance for bikes
Top-tips for tip-top care and maintenance for bikes

Yes, push bikes! Why?This is one of the questions often asked in amazement – by those new to cycling, occasional cyclists and often even fairly serious competitors! ‘Why on earth would I clean a bicycle!?’ Well we think it’s fairly obvious really that if you keep something in good condition it...

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Buying the right bike and getting started
Buying the right bike and getting started

When you are considering purchasing a bicycle it is important to choose a bike that is suited to the type of riding you will be doing. For example, if you intend to ride on the road, a bike that is lightweight will help the miles fly past. The staff at your local bike shop will help you identify...

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Garmin Edge 510
Garmin Edge 510

Garmin Edge 510 Train smarter and share every detail – all from the road. The new Edge® 510 is a compact, touchscreen GPS bike computer that tracks advanced performance metrics and offers connected features (1) through your smartphone. Compatible with heart rate (2), speed/cadence (2) and power...

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Panel of Experts

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Martin Yelling Martin Yelling (PhD) has a background in endurance coaching and performance. A former international runner, elite multisport athlete... Read more
Anita Bean "During exercise, staying hydrated is crucial for achieving peak performance. It may surprise you to know that about 75 per cent of... Read more
Emma Wight-Boycott Emma Wight-Boycott MSc mBANT is a Registered Nutritional Therapist with a passion for simplifying the science. With 17 years... Read more
Simon Griffiths Simon Griffiths is the founder and editor of H2Open, the world’s first dedicated open water swimming magazine. A keen swimmer and... Read more
Karen Pickering Karen Pickering is ambassador for the Open Water Swim Series. With 13 Commonwealth medals, an MBE and her own swim coaching school... Read more
John Lunt "I did my first triathlon in 1984. The following year I raced at five more events and it went from there. Ater racing in the Nice... Read more
Jeff Archer Jeff Archer is Managing Director of The Tonic Corporate Wellness, a business dedicated to helping professionals and organisations... Read more
Stephen Roche "While it is a very hard and sometimes very cruel profession, my love for the bike remains as strong now as it was in the days when... Read more
Kerry Bircher Kerry is an enthusiastic and inspiring Personal Trainer and British Cycling coach. These attributes and qualifications enable her to... Read more
John Brame "I started RG Active with another triathlete, Dermott Hayes, over 5 years ago. It was originally something both Dermott and myself... Read more
Rhian Stephenson Rhian’s unique approach blends modern day scientific knowledge with natural medicine and nutrition to give her clients outstanding... Read more
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