The type and quantity of cycling training a triathalete will undertake over the year will vary dependent on the main triathlon events entered for the forthcoming race season. Cycle distances vary dependent on the classification of the triathlon. Typically as follows:
- Sprint: 20km (12.5 miles)
- Olympic: 40km (25 miles)
- Middle Distance: 90km (56 miles)
- Ironman: 180km (112 miles)
A key element in the triathlon, as the ability to cycle at pace and to then be able to run well after the cycle is the goal of all triathletes. The cycling stage can make or break a great triathlon time. Cycle too fast and the run performance will definitely suffer. It’s a fine balance.
The cycle section of a triathlon is also, in terms of time, the longest part of a race so it’s important to build up and maintain bike fitness whatever the intended triathlon distance. At MVH, we focus on group cycle training each Sunday morning, each departing from the carpark at The Waterfront, Barton under Needwood at 0900 hours. (Postcode DE13 8DZ)
Typically there are two group cycle rides each Sunday. A shorter and longer distance group; The shorter distance route is about 30 miles in distance and roughly 2 hours duration. Designed around the ‘new to triathlon” cyclists, the focus is on technique and developing confidence in peleton riding. The pace set is always suitable to the group.
The longer distance group will cycle between 40-50 miles and as this is made of mainly intermediate and above triathletes, the pace will average between 25kph and 30 kph. This group through the training year focus on themes eg strength & stamina, speed, endurance, race fitness as examples.
Our group cycle rides are also a great means by which to get to know other club members. Routes change from week to week as different members take the ‘lead’, click here to find out more. Group cycle rides are a great way to ride safely in the beautiful Burton countryside. What’s more, they are fantastic fun too!
All members are responsible for their own health and safety at all times and dangerous conduct will not be tolerated. In the event of an accident, no matter how small, it should be reported to the lead rider who will advise the Cycling Coordinator to allow us to look for and address possible accident black spots. All riders participate at their own risk and must always ride in accordance with the Highway Code.