Training for Lhasa to Kathmandu cycle

I'd really like to know how much training previous participants did. I do a fair bit of hiking and climbing at altitude so I'm not so concerned about that but I would appreciate some idea of weekly mileage recommended as preparation for this trip.

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The key is to spend as much time as possible on your bike between now and then. Try and get a decent ride in on most weekends and build up the distance over the next few months. If you can do some riding (commuting?) during the week then this would be great. Your focus should be on stamina rather than speed, as a steady pace is the key to cycling at altitude. If you can build up to 60-70 mile rides with few breaks then you will be right on track. Also as you get fitter try and include as many hills as possible into your rides. You will never be able to emulate the climbs of the Himalaya, but training your body to cope with frequent hills will definitely help. Again don't try and race up them, just use and easy gear and pace yourself but try to never stop on a hill. Basically the fitter you get, the more you be able to enjoy the experience of this trip. I hope this helps and good luck! Andy.

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