Everyone wants to ride faster – even those people who say they don’t! – and we have a whole load of articles here on road.cc that will help you get there. If you want to be fit and fast by the summer, you need to be focusing on it now.
We’ve run a Six Weeks to Fitness series that shows you how to get into shape for a sportive or a big ride.
(NB this series was originally published in association with the now-defunct retailer Cycle Surgery, hence the company's logo appearing on the pictures etc)
Six Weeks to Fitness - getting started
Six weeks to Fitness - Week 1, developing strength 1
Six Weeks to Fitness - Week 2, moving from strength to greater endurance
Six Weeks to Fitness - Week 3, working on threshold
Six Weeks to Fitness - Week 4, taking the intensity higher
Six Weeks to Fitness - Week 5, leg strength work and sprinting
Six Weeks to Fitness - Week 6, tapering
Check out our article on 15 personal training and coaching apps to help you get fit too. There’s bound to be something that works for you, like Strava or TrainerRoad, for example
If you want to do some of your training indoors, find out how to get started with Zwift and make your home trainer sessions more fun.
But there's more to connected training that Zwift, deservedly popular as it is. Have a read of our guide to 12 of the best indoor training apps.
What about if you just want to get thinner? Dave Smith’s article on fat burning myths will help you there.
If you're planning long rides this year, here's our advice on how to ride further without breaking yourself!
If lower back pain is holding you back, as it is for many cyclists, check out Dave’s article on how to prevent and treat it... including a trick with a tin of rice pudding!
Don’t forget that your diet is crucial. Here’s our advice on how to eat right for sportives and longer rides.
If you’re lacking fitness, chances are that it’ll be exposed on the hills, so make sure you read our 10 top tips to becoming a better climber.
You can gain time on the downhills too if you get your technique dialled, so make sure you take a look at our 14 tips for better descending.
Fine-tuning your cornering skills will make you faster and safer. Here are our 11 tips for better cornering.
Along similar lines, and particularly relevant if you're heading off to ride a Continental sportive this year, here's our video showing you how to ride hairpins.
If you're going to ride fast, you need to know how to control that speed effectively, so read our 12 tips for better braking.
Riding fast might make you nervous, so check out our guide to curing speed wobbles too.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.