Training and preparing for a cycle tour

By CycleLEJoG

Training and preparing for a cycle tour

By CycleLEJoG

It might surprise you that the truth is, that for cycle touring at a leisurely speed, you don't need to do much training at all! The trip is the training in itself. 


But - and this is crucial - if you're wanting to ride at a fair speed or greater (maybe you've only got 2 weeks off from work in which to complete Land's End to John o'Groats?), or you're looking at doing a longer trip, or just want to make sure you can enjoy your ride without being overly tired (or sore!) all the time, then these books are for you. Some are aimed at more advanced cyclists or longer tours; others are good for everyone regardless of your trip (especially the Bike Fit book!). 

The Cyclist's Training Bible: The World's Most Comprehensive Training Guide

Joe Friel

£25.99 £24.69

As it's name suggests, this is THE bible on cycle training! I've had the previous edition for many years and learnt a lot about the theory not just of cycling fitness, but fitness in general. If you want to make it up hills easier, manage more miles in a day, or just improve your cycling time, then this book by Joe Friel is a must have.

Bike Fit 2nd Edition: Optimise Your Bike Position for High Performance and Injury Avoidance

Phil Burt

£20.00 £19.00

One of the best things I ever did was to get a professional bike fit. Even the slightest of tweaks to your set-up can make a huge difference on a long ride, and can be the difference between loving the trip or utterly hating it (and maybe giving up). I've only recently discovered and bought this book, but it's fantastic and covers all you need to know at a fraction of the cost of seeing a professional! From avoiding sore wrists to protecting your knees, Phil's book has it all.

Adventure Cycle-Touring Handbook

Neil Pike

£15.99 £15.19

This book is an amazing resource of all things cycle-touring! Whilst probably excessive for any Land's End to John o'Groats cyclists (but nevertheless there's still tons of useful information in here), this is absolutely essential reading for anyone thinking of a multi-month trans-continental tour. I've done several solo long distance tours now and still learnt a lot from Neil & Harriet.

Cycling Science

Stephen S. Cheung


Cycling Anatomy

Shannon Sovndal


This list is part of a wider collection of cycling related books, especially those relevant to cycle touring. Click my logo (top of the page) to view them all!

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