London Cycling Campaign PR Manager and journalist, Juliet Elliott tells us about her 180 mile challenge.

Despite the best of intentions, London Cycling Campaign PR Manager and Editor of Coven Magazine, Juliet Elliott struggles to find time for training. Has she left it too late to prepare for London Revolution?

I’ve never been one to shy away from a challenge, even when I know I’m not good at things, it doesn’t put me off one bit. Is it strange that I’ll enter a race even when I know I’ll come near the bottom of the pile, that I’ll do things I’m hopeless at without caring a jot? It is odd that I just thrive on challenges, rather than accomplishments?

Who knows the reason, but whatever it is, I found myself saying yes when London Cycling Campaign asked if I’d like to ride the London Revolution, a 180 mile, two day cycling event. I said yes, even though the most I’d ever ridden was 50 miles, I said yes, even though I don’t have a road bike. And I said yes even though I wasn’t entirely sure I could do it.

That was two months ago, when full of spark and vigor about the ride ahead, I eagerly downloaded the training plan, positive that this time I would actually train for the ride. For no one can ride 100 miles in one day without training, can they?

The first week of training went swimmingly, I easily fitted in the required training, enjoying slow, long, easy rides at the weekend, and intense bursts of interval training during the week. I thoroughly enjoyed making time for training, as I love riding my bike, whatever the circumstances. I even squeezed in a spinning class! But then life got in the way; I had way too much work to do, a magazine to produce, articles to write. (I also had to go climbing, surfing, ride my BMX, play with the cats etc, but that’s another matter).

So here we are, a week from the ride, and I haven’t done the training. How will I cope with riding 100 miles in one day, sleeping in a tent and then cracking on with a further 80 miles, including a trip up the infamous Box Hill?

Follow Juliet's adventures on her website, facebook page or twitter @_julietelliott


First of all, Box Hill should be the least of your worries - it is more famous than infamous, really a very simple climb for anyone with decent gearing on their bike or even a fixie for that matter. Some of the climbs around Biggin Hill on the other hand...

But seriously, cycling is not like running. Doing a marathon when your joints aren't trained for the shocks involved is stupid but cycling is not like that. LondonRev is not a race, either, whatever the fast people at the front might like to think. Vital thing is remembering to eat and drink enough en route. 40-60g carbs and one 500ml bidon of water per hour is a good rule of thumb. 

Good luck and see you at Windsor!

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