If you are training for a specific event, you can help to improve your chances by trying to avoid these common mistakes. 1. Adequate Training Make sure that you are honest about your current fitness level and choose a suitable training plan for your event. There are plenty of plans to be found on the internet to suit a variety of skill levels, such as the ones at British Cycling. You can always enquire about our Training Room here. 2. Poor Pacing Through your training you will have found the pace that you are able to sustain. Don't expect a sudden burst of energy on the event day, stick to your pace that you established through training. 3. Fuelling Yourself Throughout your training you will have been fuelling yourself and will have worked out what works for you. Don't change this now. Stick to it. If you are unfamiliar with what will be on offer at the feed stations, make sure you are self-sufficient. 4. Water, Water Everywhere... Even in the middle of winter, as on the hottest days, hydration is key. Don't try new hydration products on event day - stick to what you know and what works for you. 5. Mechanical Failures Make sure that your bike is in a good a condition as you are. Make sure it has a complete service a couple of weeks before the event. Make sure you also carry a supply of the basic essentials with you, as suggested by British Cycling. 6. Clothing Think about where the route is going to take you - it's always better to be over-prepared. Basic kit could include items such as a windproof jacket, full finger gloves, arm and leg warmers and a windproof hat for under your helmet. 7. Navigation Be aware that route markings can sometimes get removed or be tampered with and when you're travelling at speed, it can be easy to miss a sign. Study the route you should be taking, if possible, run the route. Always attend the pre-event briefing in case of last minute route changes and make sure you know the colour of the route markers. 8. Crashing Ensuring your bike is in good condition, riding to the conditions, good bike handling skills and even group riding skills can all help to lower the risk of being involved in a crash. 9. Nerves Plan and check. To keep your nerves in check - plan the day, lay out all your kit, check it over, pack it well, make sure you have booked your accommodation / travel - don't let anyone else distract from your preparations. Lastly, don't make any last minute adjustments to your bike. 10. Afterwards It may not have gone completely to plan, but look at it objectively, learn from any mistakes that cropped up, assess your preprarations and make changes for the next time. There are loads of events to suit all capabilities, so don't be dis-heartened and try again! For more information, please visit the British Cycling official website. Find out more about our Training Room here.