Entries for one of Britain’s most anticipated sportives, the Dragon Ride, open on Monday and if previous editions are anything to go by are likely to sell out in double-quick time.
If you’re thinking of entering – and you’d better be fast with your fingers on Monday morning if so – here’s some tips from one of cycling’s greats, Stephen Roche, Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and World Champion, whose son Nicolas won Stage 18 of the Vuelta today.
“It’s a long, long ride whichever route you are doing,” says Roche of the event, which is orgaised by Human Race.
“Firstly don’t overestimate your fitness and don’t underestimate the challenge because out there it’s always tough. They are very undulating roads which are energy sapping.
“Be honest with yourself, if you’ve only done a bit of training don’t try and stay with the fast riders, just keep with a suitable group and try to finish.”
Roche, who in 1987 became just the second rider to win the so-called Triple Crown of cycling, the Tour, Giro, and rainbow jersey in the same year, continues: “It’s not a race, it’s a cycling event. You don’t own the road so be safety conscious and respect the rules of the road.
“The camaraderie is very, very important. If you pass a hole in the road, shout hole to your fellow riders so they are aware of it.”
He added: “After all you’re all there to have fun. It’s a Sunday on the bike and it’s the famous Dragon Ride, so enjoy.”
Entries open at 9am on Monday 14 September, and you can find out more details about the routes on offer and pre-register here.
Here's a video showing highlights of the 2015 event.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.