Pick a charity you have a personal affiliation to and set up your own sponsorship page on Just Giving or Virgin Money Giving. Your personal affiliation to the charity will give you the motivation to cycle those extra miles.
Start training today. Build up slowly and gradually increase the distances that you are able to cycle in one ride.
Get friends to join you and enter the Tilnar Cycle Challenge together. It will be more fun and you will be able to cycle more miles in a group due to the benefits of drafting. You save up to 30% of your energy when cycling behind another cyclist.
Pick a flat, anti-clockwise route of around 20 to 30 miles so you will be back at your base every 60 to 90 mins to top up your water bottles and take on some more food.
Have a big breakfast on the day. Porridge, raisins and honey is always good.
Bananas, gels, and energy drinks are great snacks to have at your base station.
Have 2 water bottles on your bike at all times. If you don’t drink enough fluids, you will become dehydrated and may develop cramp. This could mean an early end to your challenge. You can buy the essentials you will need in our online Shop.
Make sure your bike is serviced and is suitable to take on the Tilnar Cycle Challenge.
Make sure that your cycle computer or phone is fully charged with enough battery life to last the whole challenge (if you plan to cycle for the full 15 hours).
If you are going to be using a Cycling App on your phone to record your distance then we recommend the following tips:
– Charge phone fully before the event
– Turn off all other Apps you are not using on the day as this will drain the battery
– Turn the brightness of your phone right down and try not to make or take any unnecessary phone calls on the day
– Have a charger at your base so you can charge your phone when you are having a break.
Make sure you carry a spare inner tube and or a puncture repair kit. Spare inner tubes at your base will also be useful.
Turn your cycle computer or recording App on at the start of the challenge!
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