Laura Griffiths on training with no end in sight

March 23, 2017

Last year started off full of hope and excitement.  My first ever sponsor Rocky mountain bikes UK was sponsoring the series I had planned to race all year. The first UK Enduro was an amazing weekend with great stages and a great atmosphere. I was really looking forward to the next one when suddenly the next race was cancelled last minute. Shortly after the series was cancelled all together, leaving us racers to pick up whatever spaces were available at local enduros.

Undeterred I was full of excitement to represent new sponsor Flare Clothing this year at the British Enduro Series, but as any fan of enduro in the UK knows disappointingly that has gone the same way and is no more.

So where do you begin with a training plan that has no line up to train for? Over the winter the focus has been on increasing base miles on the road bike and exploring Dartmoor on cross country rides. With no aim of distance to train for it's been more difficult to keep motivated, but all those days out on the bike have been good days and it's been a winter well spent.

When races get cancelled how do you train?

I plan to race once a month and so far have two events lined up the Southern Enduro Championships followed by DYFI Enduro world series Qualifier. Then I expect to take part in the full Southern Enduro series. Unusually the season begins with the most challenging events both in terms of distance and technicality, so with April coming around fast training is about to crank up a gear.

Training with weights

With regular base miles under my belt training turns its focus to intervals, weights and technical riding in preparation for race stages. Being a grass roots racer with no trainer, my plan has been based on Tracey Mosleys guide to Enduro training. So I'm off to hit the turbo trainer and the gym and will see you out on trails and at the races. I'm sure you will easily spot me in the gorgeous 2017 flare kit - please say hello!

Size Guide

Women's Tops

UK USA Bust Hip Length
X-Small 8 4 92cm 98cm 56.5cm
Small 10 6 96cm 102cm 57.5cm
Medium 12 8 100cm 106cm 58.5cm
Large 14 10 104cm 110cm 59.5cm
X-Large 16 12 108cm 114cm 60.5cm

Women's Shorts

UK USA "Waist"  Hip Length
X-Small 8 4 72cm/28" 92cm/36" 53cm/21"
Small 10 6 76cm/30" 98cm/38.5" 57cm/22.5"
Medium 12 8 80cm/31.5" 104cm/41" 59cm/23"
Large 14 10 84cm/33" 112cm/44" 61cm/24"
X-Large 16 12 88cm/34.5" 118cm/46.5 63cm/25" 

Men's Tops

Chest Length 
Small 93cm 61.5cm
Medium 97cm 62.5cm
Large 101cm 63.5cm
X-Large 105cm 64.5cm
XX-Large 109cm 65.5cm

Men's Shorts

 Waist Length
30" 74cm/29" 60cm/23.5"
32" 79cm/31" 63cm/25"
34" 83cm/33" 66cm/26"
36" 89cm/35" 68cm/27"
** It is important to note that all of the 2016 jerseys have no mechanical stretch, so if between sizes please order one size up**