How to stay hydrated during a Gran Fondo

Make sure you don't let hours of training go to waste by ensuring that hydration strategy is on point

Riding a Gran Fondo can bring challenges that you may not have even contemplated when cycling on local terrain, with one of the main forgotten aspects being your hydration plan.

Hours of riding a bike in soaring temperatures without a focused hydration plan can play havoc with your pacing strategy and could lead to you fatiguing rapidly when you find yourself ascending some of the most iconic climbs in cycling.

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Paul Knott is a fitness and features writer, who has also presented Cycling Weekly videos as well as contributing to the print magazine as well as online articles.  In 2020 he published his first book, The Official Tour de France Road Cycling Training Guide (Welbeck), a guide designed to help readers improve their cycling performance via cherrypicking from the strategies adopted by the pros.