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You've got until Sunday: How to complete the Cyclist x dhb 100km Challenge

Jack Elton-Walters
17 Apr 2020

Approach it right and you'll soon ride the full distance of the Cyclist x dhb 100km Challenge

The Cyclist x dhb 100km Challenge has now started, giving you two weeks to ride a total of 100km. You can cover the distance in as many rides as you want and the kilometres can be ticked off indoors on a turbo trainer or outside - on solo rides.

But just how do you go about ticking off 100km between now and Sunday 19th April? For many, 100km is a standard weekend ride while for others it'll take a few rides to get there, so here are some tips on how to complete the Cyclist x dhb 100km Challenge and unlock some amazing deals on Cyclist and dhb products.

Whatever approach you decide on, we'd recommend keeping the rides local and short to stay on the right side of the Government's coronavirus lockdown policies - and always ride solo (or with a member of your household).

How to complete the Cyclist x dhb 100km Challenge on Strava

Bike

From cleaning your bike after every single ride down to hoping brands won't notice a bit of dirt when returning review models, there's a spectrum of maintenance effort in the Cyclist office - well now the office is sealed up and we're all working from home, so who knows how clean Peter's bikes are these days...

The weather outside might be warm and dry, and no one's bike ever got dirty on the turbo, but make sure your bike is clean and lubed to keep things running smoothly for the duration of the challenge and beyond. Be careful though, over-lube your drivetrain before an indoor ride and the oil flicking off will leave a stain on the curtains you'll never manage to wash out.

As this video shows, cleaning and re-lubing your drivetrain doesn't need to be too much of an ordeal. In fact, take the time when you get home from a ride and it might just pay to just get on and clean the bike before you then go for a shower once it's done.

Kit

Dress for the conditions, not the calendar. It's still only April so be prepared for chilly early mornings and the potential for rain. Equally, for many of us the current temperatures are above average so avoid going out dressed for the Arctic only to find you're overheating within the first few pedal strokes.

If you're riding indoors due to the lockdown or any other reason, choose lightweight bibshorts and a sleeveless baselayer for the best chance of keeping your temperature - and perspiration levels - within a manageable range.

Routes

Ride With GPS plus a Wahoo bike computer is a winning combination (although other sites and bike computers are available). You might know every road, lane and climb in your local area but how can you be sure that those roads haven't become race tracks for the motorists driving around with impunity knowing overstretched police forces won't bother enforcing speed limits?

Look to plot routes on roads and lanes that are less likely to be links between the A and B of people's - undoubtedly - essential and urgent car journeys.

What's more, head out early to avoid the likelihood of being within 500 metres of another cyclist and in view of a press photographer with a long lens. Go early enough and you'll also be out during the best part of the day and probably have the roads to yourself.

Local loops at sunrise will soon have you ticking off the kilometres and you'll be at the 100km mark in no time.

Indoor set-up

If you're looking to do all 100km on a turbo trainer then you'll want the kind of indoor training set-up that encourages, rather than discourages, you to jump on your bike.

See our guide to all the best turbo trainer accessories for the full lowdown, but at the very least you'll want a fan or nearby openable window, a laptop or iPad for music or a boxset (or perhaps a touch of Zwift), a bidon and a towel. All this on top of a turbo trainer and bike, of course.

Get involved

Sign up for now for the Cyclist x dhb 100 Challenge now and start ticking off those kilometres, indoors or out.

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