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The Big 2012 Challenge

Saturday 1 September – Sunday 9 September

To celebrate the end of our 32 week programme of sport and physical activity and the end of London 2012, you’re invited to take part in a 2012 challenge. With support from partners including the NHS, Leisureworks, Leisure Connections, The Ramblers and Run England, there are 54 challenges available over nine days. 13 leisure centres, nine swimming pools and 12 community gyms are involved. If outdoors is more your thing, there are countryside conservation, cycling, walking and running challenges on your doorstep.

So whatever your interest, level of fitness, age or ability – there’s a challenge available for you. What’s more it’s all free*!There’s a goody bag available for all those who take part.

Download the Big Challenge programme below to find out which challenge you want to take on!

The Big 2012 Challenge.pdf (5 pages, 719kb)

*Take part in the swim challenge and pay just £1 for your swim.

via Join in 2012 events and activities – Durham County Council.

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We teamed up with British Cycling to bring you some words of wisdom from riders and experts on the GB Cycling Team as they were putting the final touches to their Olympic preparations.

Read on to find out how the best in the business cope with pressure, training demands, injury and disappointment. And to make the most of the tips, make sure you’ve got a BikeRadar Training account. This free online resource enables you to record and analyse all aspects of your training, log your training routes, get yourself tailored training plans, see how you’re doing on our leaderboards, set goals and plan your season with a comprehensive events guide.

Endurance

Ben Swift, Sky Pro Cycling rider and World Champion in the Scratch Race 

Some people are born sprinters and some are born endurance riders, and you just have to find out what suits you best. The secret to endurance is having the will to stick it out, because it can get a bit mind-numbing at times. You also have to be able to put up with the strain and the stress of being on the bike for such long periods.

Don’t keep bashing away doing long hours. Mix the training up with intensity and keep it fresh and enjoyable. Find a local club and get out on a club run with them. If there are enough people, it passes the time and you’re working much harder without realising it and having fun on the bike at the same time.

READ MORE How To Train Like A Pro Rider – BikeRadar.

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