From London-Paris to epic rides across Vietnam and Burma, there's a fantastic choice of cycling events all over the world for anyone who wants to get out there and raise money for charity. timeoutdoors' Challenges Editor Elaine Aronson sets the scene.
There's nothing like a long-distance bike ride for experiencing a landscape to the full, to witness the changing light, the sounds and scents all around you - while still covering significant distances. With exciting charity events on offer across the world, it's the perfect way to explore a new destination while raising funds for a good cause.
Going abroad may feel like a holiday, but an epic bike trail is anything but. To ensure you come back in one piece, good levels of fitness and practice are needed.
Rides in hotter climates will feel a whole lot different to battling the wind and rain in Britain. Your training should be altered depending on which event you choose to enter. No matter what occasion, the distance will be considerable with tremendous effort required.
Also consider the terrain you'll be covering: some routes involve steep ascents, others will be largely flat. The state of the roads, and the amount of traffic on them, is another factor to consider.
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