New Stuff

The Fan Zone

One of the main complaints we get when we exercise using an indoor trainer is the problem of overheating. When we overheat, we sweat bucket loads, we feel terrible and the result is significantly poorer performances; I am convinced this is the main reason we dread the prospect of the indoor winter training months. To give you some context of why we overheat, when riding outdoors at say 15mph on the hoods, the cooling airflow you get is about 9,000 cubic feet per minute (CFM), whereas the average fan that people use in their indoor setups will blast you at a measly few hundred. For me, I have been using a tower fan, and even at (a generous) 1300 CFM, was not keeping me cool, resulting in pools of sweat on the floor, my clothes and body soaked and the feeling of being totally drained after just a modest workout. Something had to change.  See our latest Blog for our freview of the Wahoo KickR Headwind training fan.

Autumn is Around the Corner ! 

Are you worried about losing the hard earned fitness that you built up over the summer ?  I do not want to be a harbinger of doom, but the nights are starting to draw in already, the days shorter and will begin in just a few weeks to become autmunal once again.   However, this is a fantastic time of year to go our riding, enjoying the colours of the changing season and the quieter roads.   To keep you fresh and motivated, we have developed 8-week blocks of training that is tailored to maintain your summer fitness levels before you have to succumb to the dreaded winter sessions (usually on an indoor trainer).  We have options to purchase additional blocks as you maintain your fitness levels.   By taking one of our plans we will work with you to keep pyou motivated nd injury free, help to monitor your fitness and ensure you emerge in 2020 fitter, faster, stronger. What's not to like ?   Click here for more details.


Over-50s Endurance and Conditioning Plans (TrainingPeaks) 

Developed using world leading techniques and science backed research from market leaders, this plan gives you road-based endurance sessions and high intensity workouts (road or turbo) to build VO2Max, plus strength and conditioning exercises to help you retain muscle mass. We also offer yoga videos to help keep you supple and hence more resilient to injury and soreness.  You can review the plan here

Cycle for Fitness chosen for second year running to support The Princes Trust's Ride Across Britain riders.

For the second year running, we are delighted and honoured to be chosen to support #TeamPrincesTrust riders embarking this September on one of the greatest cycling challenges going; 969 miles in 9 days in support of the Princes Trust and their work to help and empower our youth get into jobs, education and training. 

Customer Testimonal Video 

We were delighted to help Sean regain his fitness with a plan tailored to his specific needs, and avoid his usual propensity to become injured when training. The video captures his thoughts having completed our programme, and you can tell it comes from the heart, making it all that more special for us to be able to help. 

October Cycling Breaks (inland from Costa Blanca) 

Four nights cycle break in private and intimate Villa located on the outskirts of Beniarres, inland from the Costa Blanca in Southern Spain. We specialise in catering for riders who cycle for fitness rather than competitively. The rides are inclusive of all abilities (our support vehicle is available as and when you need it, or to start you above the steepest climbs).   If you have a good level of fitness and are comfortable on a road bike then this is for you. We tailor the rides to those below the “competitive cyclist” level, for example the average club rider or the cyclist wishing to become fitter for their season of sportives and other cycling enthusiasts’ events. 

We have four long weekender breaks available, however can cater for cycling clubs...contact us for special requests. Imagine quiet and unspoilt routes in classic "La Vuelta" cycling country. A luxury villa, swimming pool, tapas and mountain stews, accompanied rides, coaching, cycle fitness training; all in an intimate and stunning lakeside setting, just one hour from Alicante Airport (transfers included). 

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Want to ride faster, then learn technique 

A recurring theme that I hear from clients, friends and other cyclists is an obsession about what speed they should be going and how they can get faster. Now don’t get me wrong,if you are wishing to be a competitive cyclist, or ride with a club then sure I get it, you need to train to improve your performance, ie to be faster. But for mere mortals, i.e. those of us that might like to join our buddies on a mid-week ride or Sunday “ride to the cafe” jaunt, or we ride purely with an intent to improve our fitness and wellbeing, by concentrating on speed without understanding the need for the accompanying bike handling skill is tempting fate. 

Testimonials and Clients

 

" Grant prepared me for a 1 day 205km ride from Leicester to London in 2018. I had an ok bike and an amount of bravado but Grant helped me to prepare properly. As the ride was in March, with Grant’s advice I bought a Turbo to ride indoors through the winter and all the electronics to analyse my riding ability and fitness. Grant has great experience and patience and developed a programme for me to improve my fitness and technique, including rides we did together. He really knows his stuff and I had a great sponsored ride, surprising myself with my ability to go the distance (with the help of loads of pasta, bananas and sponge pudding and custard!). I would recommend Grant to anyone wanting a sympathetic yet challenging cycling trainer""

Trevor D, Oxfordshire, England

 

This program is ideal for people like me who would like to cycle more but don't know how to get into it. I bought my bike last year but hardly used it, having the coach encourage and guide you makes the process so much easier. 3 rides a week is just about right to get you into the swing of things and the coach is there all the way to encourage you and answer all the little questions you're afraid to ask. The team are so friendly and enthusiastic about cycling, you can't help but catch the bug. The bonus is you get fit too!”

Sarah S, Oxfordshire England


" Grant's passion for cycling and his knowledge and ability to impart it are very inspiring . I have had the pleasure of accompanying Grant on a few long rides now. Some of them around the 100 mile mark. 4 years ago I was 3 stone overweight, depressed and feeling very low about myself. This year I cycled 1500KM in 15 days incorporating 5 of the hardest climbs on the Tour De France calender! One of the descents off of Mont Ventoux was with Grant. It was a highlight of the trip.   I can highly recommend Cycle For Fitness!"

Alexander R, Plymouth, England


“I was fortunate enough to have a 1-2-1 training ride with Grant prior to a large road event. His expertise and knowledge on how to ride efficiently was second to none. I learned how to change gear properly (at last!) and how to attack hills with maximum energy. This really did make a world of difference to the ride and all of his techniques and tips made for a much smoother, easier and (I'm pleased to say!) faster ride. Thanks Grant!”

Claire, Hampshire



 
 
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