Coaching: Top tips for conserving energy on any long bike ride

Posted on: January 7th, 2017

There are plenty of things you can do to ride smarter and be stronger on long rides without training harder or being any fitter.


Here’s a great clip with some really practical advice for people setting out on long training or sportive rides.

The tips here are intended for those riding the L’Étape Du Tour sportive in France.

However, they really are universal and all of them could be put into use at different times by riders who spend even a couple of hours in the saddle from time to time.

So don’t be put off by the mentions of the L’Étape Du Tour or the references relating to it.

When they speak about the Tourmalet, for example, just think of how you might put the advice into action on your toughest local climb or when doing big miles generally.


Topics covered here include

  • Choose a full zip jersey; great for hot days
  • For a long ride; weather forecast should inform your kit selection
  • Put on and take off gloves and hat to control heat
  • Know the value of drafting
  • Be aware of wind direction and how to shelter best
  • Pace yourself and don’t ride alone
  • Ride steady on climbs
  • Taking a break and eating/drinking on descents
  • Make sure your bike works perfectly
  • Copy bike position from the pros