Coach's corner: chunking, avoiding the trap, and other ways to get through your longest summer ride

Ultra-distance champion turned coach Jasmijn Muller dishes out some advice for your biggest ride yet

Riders in the Ride Across Britain
(Image credit: Threshold Sports / Ride Across Britain)

If you're based in the northern hemisphere it won't have escaped your notice that summer has started to appear. A blue sky that most of us in the UK may have disappeared forever has reassured us all that it does still exist, and there's once again a warmth in the air.

Us bike riders know exactly what goes hand-in-hand with the appearance of summer (as well as a prevalence of miniature flying beasties getting in your teeth) – and that's long days in the saddle.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.