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Live like a pro for the weekend

Train with Marco Pinotti in Ashdown Forest

If you’ve ever fancied life as a professional rider, Cadence Cycling Performance Centre is offering you the chance to give it a go on a training weekend next month with pro riders Marco Pinotti and Matteo Carrara.

The Performance Weekender is designed for everyone from sportive riders to triathletes and competitive road racers. You’ll go on three rides in Ashdown Forest, East Sussex, with a support car, groups allocated according to fitness levels.

As well as the riding, you have the opportunity to do a physiological assessment at Cadence Cycling Performance Centre, Southeast London, some time in the weeks leading up to the event.

You’ll also get post-ride massage, a technical seminar, and a presentation on training and racing as a professional from Marco and Matteo. Marco, who races for BMC, has won two individual stages and two team time trials in the Giro d’Italia, while recently retired Matteo has raced each of the Grand Tours.

Accommodation is at the four-star Ashdown Park Hotel, and you get use of the on-site spa and health club.

The Performance Weekend runs from 5pm on Friday, 12 April to 5pm on Sunday, 14 April. Book before 24 March and it’s £495; it’s £549 if you leave it until later. Non-riding partners are welcome at a price of £270.

For more info go to or call 0208 676 8825. 

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 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.

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