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I,ve just been persuaded to enter my first audax 100km.
I currently commute a 20 mile round trip 4 to 5 times a week.Any tips or advice would be much appreciated.I,m approaching 40 been cycling 6 month lost over 2 stone and know feel reasonabily fit at 13s 11lb.My bike (although probabily not perfect for the task in hand) is a dawes 2004 horizion hybridized, straight ritchey bars,8 speed, 23mm slicks,brooks b19 saddle,spd pedals,race blades,straight aluminium forks.Like I say any tips or advice would be very much appreciated.Thanx Jason.  39

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dave atkinson [6262 posts] 7 years ago
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where is it? is it a hilly one? I'd think that if you can manage 100 miles a week then knocking off 60 in a day should be well within your capability. Audax rides are a real mish mash of bikes so if you're happy and comfortable with yours then there's no need to worry: there'll be everything from carbon racers to ancient tourers there if my experience is anything to go by. full mudguards ceased to be a requirement a while a go so race blades will be fine.

if you're worried about the distance then best to try and get a 40-50 mile ride in over a weekend just to test your legs for a bit longer than you're used to. And don't go after it in the first 20 miles on the day and kill yourself! find your pace and there'll be others riding at the same speed, stick with a group and you'll make it much easier.

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Blackhound [447 posts] 7 years ago
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You should have no problem managing 100k. A few years ago I did a charity ride from work and one guy borrowed a bike to do 70+ miles. Year later he borrowed another one and did it again.

Just eat and drink plenty and enjoy it......

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chatty31 [78 posts] 7 years ago
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Thanx for the advice chaps was just a bit worried about 3 x my normal daily distance and was wondering if I was over stretching myself.
It is a hilly one hebden bridge over to burnley and back I think its called misty mornings (not sure my work colleagues sorting it out) but I am used to hills living in marsden in the middle of the pennines.Thanx again and any more tips are welcome.

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chatty31 [78 posts] 7 years ago
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completed it and really enjoyed it.Sadly though I,ve now become addicted to long hard climbs.....is there a Priory for cyclists !!!!  4 4

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dave atkinson [6262 posts] 7 years ago
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good work! no stopping you now, before you know it it'll be the fred whitton...

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Blackhound [447 posts] 7 years ago
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And Paris-Brest-Paris in 2011!