Top tips for JE James’s Flagg Challenge ride for Ashgate Hospicecare

Riders make their way up the hill at Sheldon

Riders make their way up the hill at Sheldon

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Cyclists have just over a month to sign up and get in shape with organisers’ training tips for the JE James and Derbyshire Times Flagg Cycle Challenge for Ashgate Hospicecare.

The Flagg Challenge 50-miler sets off from the Chesterfield-based hospice from 9am, on Sunday, July 26, with views including Chatsworth House and climbs through Sheldon, Birchover and Stanton-in-the-Peak. An alternate 25-mile ride sets off from the hospice to Ashford-in-the-Water and back.

Organisers have put together a training plan and diet on the run-down to the ride which will put riders in the best shape. Riders are being advised to do two 15mile rides a week or three 10miles rides a week and where possible include one run a week and some gentle weight training.

During each week, a good idea would be to introduce a hill climb to prepare for the Flagg Challenge’s climbs. Riders are advised to eat protein-based foods including chicken as well as carbohydrates including pasta and as many vegetables and fruit as possible while swapping puddings for health bars.

Entrants receive sponsor forms, fundraising tips, maps and raffle tickets to sell for a JE James Haibike Q Race SL road bike prize after paying a £22 fee. Those keen to help can enter the event via www.ashgatehospicecare.org.uk/events/flaggchallenge/ or via events at www.ashgatehospicecare.org.uk. For information contact reporter Jon Cooper on 01246 504524 and jon.cooper@jpress.co.uk or contact the hospice’s Charlotte Gratton on 01246 567250 or charlotte.gratton@ashgatehospice.nhs.uk.