Here’s my projected (and completed) Audaxable rides… Based around one build to Bryan Chapman, then another to LEL.
Lead up to Chapman is basically two lots of three hard hilly rides with a couple of weeks in between to recover.
From there lots of flat distance rides, ideally with another 600 in there, and shorter weekend rides in ‘off’ weeks to keep sharp.
ACME winter Series Essex 109km 21 Jan – Winter 100 (Fixed) Done DIY 200km 18 Mar (My usual spice run ride, to see how I felt) Done The Dean, OXFORD, 307km – 25 Mar, 2.5AAA 3,500m climbing Done, bloody hard. The Shark, GREENWICH 202km – 2 April, 3.25AAA 3,200m climbing Done DIY 200km 27th or 28th April from home Done Green and Yellow fields, DUNMOW, 300km – 6 May (or 300 DIY depending on family, probably Tour of East Anglia) Didn’t make that, but did a 150km solo training ride instead. Bryan Chapman Memorial, WALES, – 600km – 13th May 7.5AAA 7,500m climbing Done Bonus! 200km hilly DIY in Chilterns 27th May Asparagus and Strawberries, DUNMOW, 414km – 3 June – zero climbing! Maybe – 3 Coasts 600km. 17 June – 1.75AA, 5600m climbing (or maybe organise a DIY with others?) No, didn’t make that one either! Kingdom of the East Saxons, DUNMOW, 400km 1 July – no climbing Extended this out to 520km on one hours sleep, a good ride. Maybe – The Buzzard 600 8th July – Nope! Hereward the Wake, DUNMOW, 300km 14th July – no climbing – Nope! Suffolk Lanes Extravaganza, SUFFOLK, 200km 21st July OR DIY OR REST UP! – Nope!
Turned out my last long ride was Asparagus and Strawberries. I did a couple of rides up to 150km to check gear and also some short intense rides but by this stage I was conscious that I didn’t want to wreck myself before the main event…
LEL, LONDON, 1400km, 29 July – 2.74AAA, 11500m climbing – Done!