Are you looking for the motivation to get out on your bike this summer? Above & Beyond’s Press & PR Specialist Faye, who took part in the 2019 Bristol to Paris Cycle Challenge, talks you through some of her training rides to get you into the saddle.

While I'm far from an expert cyclist, I put in a lot of miles last year in preparation for taking on the Bristol to Paris Cycle Challenge. 

My best tip is to do a variety of rides (including hills, sorry!) and get as many miles in your legs as possible.

Here are just some of my suggestions.

The Bristol to Bath Cycle Path

Taking you from Bristol into the centre of Bath, the old railway line is tarmacked and flat, making for a great beginner ride.

You can tag on the Two Tunnels ride from Bath which will increase your mileage, although it does go down the canal tow path which can get busy, especially during summer. 

Chepstow Castle and Tintern Abbey

A more challenging ride that takes you over the old Severn Bridge into Wales. It's fantastic to see the river stretching out either side of you.

Once over the bridge you can either go into Chepstow or carrying on to Tintern. There's some killer hills but you're rewarded with some amazing scenery.

Chew Valley

There's some great routes around Chew Valley that are fantastic for hill training. You can head out through South Bristol up Dundry Hill - if you dare! - or take a longer route around. 

The roads round here are quiet and you're sure to see other cyclists out and about. Last time I did the route I saw another Bristol to Paris Cycle Challenge participant.

Avon Cycleway

While I've never done the Avon Cycleway in all of its 85 mile glory, I've done bits and pieces here and there. It's a great route around Bristol and you can jump on at any point.

Spin Classes

It's not a route but I found spin classes hugely beneficial to my cycling training. They helped build up the strength in my legs and really helped my stamina on long rides.

Just don't forget your towel! 

Find out more about the Bristol to Paris Cycle Challenge