You don’t need to be a super fit athlete to take on one of our challenges, but the age-old phrase ‘the fitter you are the more enjoyable it will be’ rings true. Once you’ve booked on to your challenge you may be wondering about how to start your training – this is an important part of your challenge preparation, and we’ll be here to help you!
A weekend with our challenge experts equips you with not only valuable insight on how your fitness is developing, but also the essential know-how for managing yourself on your trip. From puncture repairs to a well-deserved confidence boost, a trek or cycle training weekend is the perfect preparation for your main challenge.
We offer a full weekend of trekking in the Snowdonia National Park to give you the chance to test your ability, kit and chat to other challengers and crew. You’ll also receive a discount if you book your training weekend at the same time as your main challenge.
We've also created a couple of really cool guides to help you get started or even if you're a seasoned cyclist or trekker, to help you focus on the challenge!
CHALLENGE PREPARATION ADVICE
Your essential guide and top tips to packing for your challenge adventure.
From how to pack your bag to when to wear a bandana and sunglasses. Recommended watching for anyone heading out on the challenge of a lifetime!
HOW TO FIT AND SIZE YOUR BIKE
How to size your bikeBefore you head out on your next cycle training session or biking challenge, let us give you a quick guide on how to correctly set up your bike to maximise comfort and prevent injury.
How to safety check your bike
A short tutorial on how to safety check your bike pre-ride. Here, we'll take you through the all-important M check, a simple and quick check that can easily become part of your pre-ride routine.
How to repair a puncture
Encountering a puncture on your bike whilst out on a ride or timed challenge can be a real pain. All our events are fully supported with roving mechanics en-route, but here's a short guide to take you through the basics of puncture repair so you can be self-sufficient on your next ride.
What to wear on a cycle challenge
Guidance on how to select the right cycle shorts, why you need to wear gloves when cycling, how to fit your helmet and recognise when it is unsafe to wear and advice for buying the right cycle jersey.
WHAT TO PACK FOR A TREK
Top tips for choosing the right waterproofs for your trekking challenge, from International Mountain Leader, Steve. This video will cover: jackets, trousers, seams, hoods and the essential elements you need to select.
Advice on how to select the right size of pack for your trek challenge and what to look for when shopping.
How to use walking poles on your trekking challenge. From how to select the right height, to walking with them, the benefits of using them and when to use rubber tips (if you're trekking the Inca Trail - make sure you watch this!)
Your essential guide to selecting the right walking boots ahead of your next trekking challenge. From the differences in material to ankle support and what trips different types of boots are appropriate for.
We’ve partnered with outdoor equipment specialists, Cotswold Outdoors. With stores nationwide, you’ll get expert services, including free boot and rucksack fittings, delivered by passionate, friendly staff.
You’ll be sent an exclusive discount code in your welcome pack once you’ve registered for your chosen challenge, which will also give you discounts at partner companies Cycle Surgery, Runners Need and Snow+Rock.