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UPDATE 08 NOVEMBER 2020. Following the recent British Cycling guidance Dittons Velo has restricted group rides again. No more than 2 riders. Observe social distancing of 2m while riding. Social distancing is observed when at coffee stops and meeting up. No large congregations of riders before or after rides. Specifically to Dittons Velo rides. With […]

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Sportives by Clash City Womble

A cyclosportive, or often simply sportive, is a short to long distance, organised, mass-participation cycling event, typically held annually. Many DV riders have taken part in a variety of sportives, both individually and as part of a DV group. A sportive is a great opportunity to ride somewhere new with a large group of other […]

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Preparing for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100

RideLondon training tips by Gerda Mathews I hope you’ve all applied for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 for 2018….? I entered the ballot last year for the first time and got accepted for this year’s ride and it was an awesome experience. Not only because of the closed roads and great support along the route (especially […]

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Preparing for a long distance solo ride

by Mark Hawkins In 2011, I set myself a challenge to cycle from London to Africa for 2013 when I turned 50. Up until that point, the longest ride I had ever done was the London to Paris ride. So, how do we tackle a large ride?  Well, it depends on your budget. A supported […]

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Dr David’s Secret Sauce

Following from the previous blog post on hydration, energy and salt strategies… A rough guide to using maltodextrin powder Maltodextrin is ideal for adding to your water bottle as a relatively pure and cost-effective source of energy during a ride. It can be flavoured with your favourite squash with some added salt or used with […]

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Cycling hydration: it’s not all about water and coffee

Hydration, energy, salt and food strategies for longer, harder rides by our own Dr. David    Water: am I drinking enough? Probably not… Roughly 60% of the human body is water, so to guarantee peak performance on the bike it is important to maintain the balance. During exercise your body loses water in the form […]

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Let Santa make your winter riding more comfortable

Enjoyment from the right position We all know the importance of getting your bike fitted properly in the first place but usually leave it from then on. As we get used to cycling, our position on the bike naturally changes and rightly we often switch to a lower handlebar (removing spacers) and perhaps buying a […]