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8 tips for new riders

Essential tips to help first timers conquer their ride at United Energy Around the Bay, or any other mass participation event.

Basic nutrition tips

As you gear up for United Energy Around the Bay, nutrition and hydration should be a key part of your preparation — but it doesn’t have to be complicated.

Melbourne’s top family friendly bike trails

Need some inspiration for your next bike ride? Here are our top 6 family friendly bike trails around Melbourne. Happy riding!

Group riding basics

Learn the ins and outs of riding in a bunch and among other people to help you enjoy United Energy Around the Bay ride.

5 reasons to ride through winter

With the arrival of winter it becomes even more important to get up, get active and get out on the bike. Here’s our 5 reasons why you’ll feel better than ever if you do.

Be your child’s role model

It’s important for children to develop an active lifestyle and healthy habits. An outing on the bike is the perfect way to get a taste of fun and exercise with the whole family.

Get ready for your ride!

Training plans

We know the right training is key to smashing your goals on the bike. We’re stoked to have Kate Perry from FTP Training developing brand new training plans to do just that – whether you’re just starting out on the bike or are looking to up your cycling game after months of isolation.

Stay tuned for the new plans which will be dropping in early June. In the meantime register your interest below to be the first to hear the latest updates for United Energy Around the Bay 2020.

Meet the coach – Kate Perry

Kate has been racing with Specialized Women’s Racing for five years, competing in the National Road Series. Kate has claimed 2 x podium finishers in the National Individual Time Trial Championships and is the current Oceania Individual Time Trial Champion (2019).

Other successes include a win at the Tour of Bright, Podium finishes in the Grafton to Inverell and Mersey Valley Tour (Women’s Tour of Tasmania). Not to mention 1 x Classic and numerous 200km hit-outs at Around the Bay.

Off the bike, Kate is an Associate lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science at La Trobe University, teaching in the areas of sport coaching, exercise physiology and exercise programming. She’s also an Associate coach with FTP Training – coaching a wide array of cyclists, from entry level athletes, to National level NRS athletes. The two go hand in hand, teachers are coaches and coaches are teachers. She loves saturating herself in all aspects of bike riding, and is fortunate enough to be able to combine a professional knowledge with the sport that she lives and breathes.

Kate Perry - Specialized Womens Racing

Kate’s top 5 tips for keeping bike fit in iso…

In the current environment, it’s more important ever to look after your physical and mental health. Even with physical distancing restrictions in place, there are still plenty of ways that you can keep happy and healthy both on and off the bike.

1. Try to keep a routine

Where possible, if you are still able to go outside for a ride (either solo or with one other friend) then you should! A little pedal outdoors helps you get that dose of vitamin D, breaks up the screen time and gives you a social fix. It doesn’t have to be an overly long or taxing ride – just try to keep the legs ticking over.

2. Enter the world of online bike riding

If you have a smart trainer, jumping on Zwift for group ride, race or even picking a workout is great if you are short on time, juggling home schooling and work commitments, or even just want a chance to sweat it out in the comfort of your own home.

3. It is okay to not be okay

Don’t be too hard on yourself, some days you might just not feel like riding, and that is okay. Isolation presents us with a feeling of underlying stress due to the big shake up and adjustment in our lives. You don’t have to be a hero and be punching out massive rides or crazy intense sessions, if you need a day off just to rest then take it 😊.

4. Home workouts are a thing

There are plenty of online home workouts doing the rounds at the moment – yoga, pilates, core work – so if you feel like you need a bit of a switch up then these are a good way to get some alternate exercise in and still work on bike form. Core stability and working on any imbalances will help you when it is time to jump back on the bike, particularly for those longer days when the aches and pains tend to creep in during the back half of your ride.

5. Remember to have fun

Exercise should be fun, and not a chore. With all the other stressors placed on our bodies at the moment, try not to let the exercise add to that, but rather use it as an outlet. Chuck on a podcast, Netflix if you’re indoors and just zone out from the madness and enjoy the feeling of moving!

Join the club

Bicycle Network’s Strava club has a whole host of like-minded athletes and regular training rides. Join the club and stay tuned for local training rides in the lead up to events near you.

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Training rides

Ride with us

We schedule a range of training rides in the lead up to October that cater to bike riders of all levels. Whether it’s your first time riding in a bunch or you need to dust off the cobwebs after a winter off the bike, there’s plenty of opportunities to get you ready for the big day with a group of like-minded riders.

Join the Bicycle Network strava club to be the first to hear when new rides are released.

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United Energy Around the Bay training rides

Winners Sports Nutrition

Nutrition for training and ride day

Winners Sports Nutrition are proud to be the Official Energy Bar & Gel of United Energy Around The Bay 2020. Winners energy products have been developed specifically for cyclists and are used and recommended by cycling champion Cadel Evans.

Winners - ATB20

Winners have created a special United Energy Around the Bay Energy Bar Pack containing a selection of great tasting energy products, perfect for riders looking to ensure they are well fuelled during training and the ride.

10% discount offer

Winners are offering a 10% discount from winnersbars.com for all riders participating in United Energy Around The Bay 2020.

Coupon code: ATB2020

Want to join United Energy Around the Bay in 2020?

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