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Old 09-25-13, 12:59 AM
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London to Paris 2014

Hello

As a quick introduction, I'm eighteen and have recently gotten back into cycling. I two years ago I spent a lot of time out on my mountain bike, often racking up 70 miles. Thanks to college, work and other commitments I had to stop for a couple of years, hence why I'm getting back into it.

What caught my eye the other day was this London to Paris ride - it sounds like a lot of fun, and I'd like to do something seriously long distance, but this is my concern.

I'm aware that it's in April, which gives me seven months to train, so I would (hopefully) have no problem in doing 80 miles in a day, but looking at the website you need to do that for four days - is it possible to get that fit that fast?

For those who are interested, this is the website:
https://www.naomihouse.org.uk/events/showevent/london-to-paris-april-2014


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My friend did that ride last year. He trained for about 2 or 3 months and he was a non-cyclist prior to starting the training. He didn't do too much training either...just did a good long ride every weekend.

So yes you can do it and you will love it. He thoroughly enjoyed the ride and he wasn't even an avid cyclist before hand. He is now.
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Depends on your baseline. As a youngster, you should be fine if you train for it ....
If you were a lot older, smoke, 100 lbs overweight, never rode a bike before, then might be a bit tougher.
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Well, I am a youngster, but my concern was my lack of time to do long rides. My calendar is booked for most weekends and weeks, so racking up the miles is quite tricky. Hopefully the evenings will get longer soon, so at least I could get on with some faster yet shorter rides.

At any rate, I've ordered my information pack, so I'll see what I think then. After that, there's potentially the small matter of my £1700 sponsorship...
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Looks like fun. All kinds of people do RAGBRAI (50-80 miles per day for a week) with no significant training, so I bet you could do it if the logistics work out.
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