The Hampshire Hilly Hundred

What to Ride

Most importantly, don't ride any bike or use any component that you haven't thoroughly test-ridden before the event. And that doesn't mean once round the block, it means a 25-mile ride, minimum.

Need a new bike? Don't think you will be disgraced if you turn up with anything less than 'top of the range'. A good sportive bike is something that you should be comfortable with all day long, yet with a bit of a race feel. Pay attention to your contact points: saddle, shoes, handlebar tape and short finger gloves (track mitts).

Tyres: You are strongly advised to use tyres with an anti-puncture layer extending to give some sidewall protection. Your tyres should have a high TPI number for the strands in the casing, and a minimum width of 23mm. On this course, 700X25 is recommended. Inflate to recommended pressure with track pump. Carry at least two spare inners.

Cycle computer: it' mskes sense to set it to miles rather than km for this event. Only mile distances are given on the route card and (you might have noticed) on UK road signs.

Gearing: Compact or Triple chainrings are desirable. Though if you have a 42-tooth racing inner ring, it should be enough for the steepest hills in the HHH. If you can't adjust your gears perfectly, get a competent bike shop to do it for you. Make sure the lateral range of your front changer is stopped off correctly so that it can't throw your chain off when you change from one chainring to the other.