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Maintain Cycling Fitness Over the Summer Break

It can seem hard and frustrating trying to maintain cycling fitness over the summer break. But it does not have to be that way. Maintaining cycling fitness over the summer holiday period requires a combination of planning, consistency, and adaptability. Here are some tips to help you keep your cycling fitness during this time:

Set Clear Goals

Define your fitness goals for the summer holiday period. Whether it’s maintaining a certain level of endurance, improving your speed, or simply staying active, having clear objectives will help you stay motivated. If you try to focus on everything then you will end up achieving nothing.

Create a Schedule

Plan your cycling workouts in advance. Schedule your rides around your holiday activities and commitments. Consistency is key, so try to stick to your planned schedule as closely as possible.

Shorter Intense Workouts

If you have limited time due to holiday plans, consider incorporating shorter, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) sessions. These can be effective for maintaining and even improving fitness levels.

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Engage in cross-training activities that complement cycling, such as swimming, walking, or rowing for example. If you find yourself away without your bike then there is always something you can do. These activities can help maintain overall fitness.

Maintain general health

If you are unable to train or do any other activities then looking after your general health will still help. Stay mindful of your nutrition and hydration along with good sleeping habits.


Remember that some flexibility is important during the holiday period. If you miss a workout or can’t follow your usual routine due to holiday activities, don’t stress too much. The key is to stay active and find ways to incorporate cycling into your summer plans while still having a great time.

James Walsgrove

My cycling career started in 2005 when I purchased my first road bike and I was immediately hooked. Since then I have completed numerous cycling challenges including Ironman, Lands’ End to John O Groats, Mt Ventoux (all 3 ascents), London to Paris, the BBAR challenge which included a 12hour TimeTrial and more recently the Mallorca 312.

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