LEL 2021 Cancelled

DCLane

Found in the Yorkshire hills ...
Not surprising, although I would hope they're able to run it in 2022.

With the next PBP planned for 2023 it means no 'gap year' between major events.
 

oreo_muncher

Senior Member
That's a positive for me. Might have a shot at training up for it and get picked on the ballot. 21 months of training. But it's most likely just a pipe dream.
 

Ming the Merciless

Formerly YukonBoy
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Not surprising, although I would hope they're able to run it in 2022.

With the next PBP planned for 2023 it means no 'gap year' between major events.
You have gap years? 2020 is the first year since 2012 where I haven’t done a 1,000km plus event.
 

Ming the Merciless

Formerly YukonBoy
Location
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That's a positive for me. Might have a shot at training up for it and get picked on the ballot. 21 months of training. But it's most likely just a pipe dream.
These big events start as pipe dreams for most of us. I entered LEL 2013 with no idea if I’d be able to do it. We all need dreams even if they seem impossible, it shouldn’t put you off.
 

DCLane

Found in the Yorkshire hills ...
You have gap years? 2020 is the first year since 2012 where I haven’t done a 1,000km plus event.
For domestic reasons, yes. It's about fitting my son's racing in with a holiday and LEL/PBP. It didn't work in 2019 when I had to give up my PBP place since it clashed with my son's Irish national races. He'd given up a place in Assen to allow me to do LEL in 2017.
 

oreo_muncher

Senior Member
These big events start as pipe dreams for most of us. I entered LEL 2013 with no idea if I’d be able to do it. We all need dreams even if they seem impossible, it shouldn’t put you off.
If you can help me get started with some sort of structured step by step plan how to train for the LEL, please go ahead.. Thanks:wub:
 

Ming the Merciless

Formerly YukonBoy
Location
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If you can help me get started with some sort of structured step by step plan how to train for the LEL, please go ahead.. Thanks:wub:
A rough schedule of my riding up to LEL 13

Sept 12

Twice daily commute of 18km, 5 days a week
A 2.5 hour Wed evening ride with local CTC group.
Sat - A 2-3 hour bike ride.

Oct 12

Twice daily commute of 18km, 5 days a week
A 2.5 hour Wed evening ride with local CTC group.
Sat - A 2-3 hour bike ride.
A 100km audax end of month

Nov

Same as Sept

Dec

Same as Sept

Jan

Same as Sept

Feb

Twice daily commute of 18km, 5 days a week
A 2.5 hour Wed evening ride with local CTC group.
Sat - A 2-3 hour bike ride.
A 100km audax end of month

March

Twice daily commute of 18km, 5 days a week
A 2.5 hour Wed evening ride with local CTC group.
Sat - A 3-5 hour bike ride.
A 200km audax end of month

April

Twice daily commute of 18km, 5 days a week
A 2.5 hour Wed evening ride with local CTC group.
Sat - A 3-5 hour bike ride.
Sun - A 2 hour bike ride
A 300km audax end of month

May

Twice daily commute of 18km, 5 days a week
A 2.5 hour Wed evening ride with local CTC group.
Sat - A 100km bike ride.
Sun - A 2 hour bike ride
A 400km audax middle of month

June

A 600km audax beginning of month
Twice daily commute of 18km, 5 days a week
A 2.5 hour Wed evening ride with local CTC group.
Sat - A 100km bike ride.
Sun - A 2 hour bike ride

July

Twice daily commute of 18km, 5 days a week
Dunwich Dynamo beginning of month, about 180km and all overnight
Two week holiday in Alps
No more long rides and went for walks instead.

August 13

LEL beginning of month
Twice daily commute of 18km, 5 days a week
200km audax end of month.
 

Ming the Merciless

Formerly YukonBoy
Location
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@oreo_muncher So the first step of the structure is regular riding throughout the year. The regular rides don’t need to be long, just regular. Try and have at least one day off to start. Regular rides that see you riding at night, are also a great start for working out lighting and clothing etc. This way you’ll build a strong base on which to build the rest of your fitness.
 
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Ming the Merciless

Formerly YukonBoy
Location
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My commutes were 40-45 mins which you’ll work out is 24-27km/h. Faster than my audax pacing. But they are not long rides, and there was a hot shower at the end, so I could afford to push a higher pace. Commutes or regular short rides on a route you do regularly are a great way to test and improve your fitness.
 
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