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 (front)
8 4 87-90cm 96-99cm 53cm
10 6 91-94cm 100-103cm 54.5cm
12 8 95-98cm 104-107cm 56cm
14 10 99-102cm 108-111cm 57.5cm
16 12 103-106cm 112-115cm 59cm
18 14 107-112cm 116-121cm 61.5cm
20 16 113-119cm 122-128cm 65cm

Women's Shorts

UK USA Waist Hip Length (inside)
6 2 70-73cm 84-88cm 34cm
8 4 74-77cm 89-93cm 35cm
10 6 78-81cm 94-98cm 36cm
12 8 82-85cm 99-103cm 37cm
14 10 86-89cm 104-108cm 38cm
16 12 90-93cm 109-115cm 39cm
18 14 94-97cm 116-122cm 40cm
20 16 98-101cm 123-129cm 41cm

Men's Tops

Chest Length (front)
X-Small 87-91cm 55cm
Small 92-95cm 56.5cm
Medium 96-99cm 58cm
Large 100-109cm 59.5cm
X-Large 110-119cm 61cm
XX-Large 120-127cm 64.5cm
XXX-Large 128-135cm 66cm

Men's Shorts

 Waist Hip Length (outside)
28" 69-73cm 84-88cm 60.5cm
30" 74-78cm 89-93cm 61.5cm
32" 79-83cm 94-98cm 63.5cm
34" 84-88cm 99-103cm 64.5cm
36" 89-93cm 104-108cm 65.5cm
38" 94-98cm 109-113cm 66.5cm
40" 99-103cm 114-118cm 67.5cm