Learning about heart rate could help you to go harder for longer

During a normal ride, your heart rate will spike more than a thorn bush. Being able to find your maximum heart rate will help you train specifically for different parts of a ride.

How to find your max

Maximum heart rate can be found with a simple formula, so you don’t need to be Rachel Riley to work it out.

The equation is: MHR = 220 minus your age.

This will provide you with a really useful ballpark figure you can use to improve different aspects of your fitness. Learn about your HR and record ride data by investing in a monitor

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Practise intervals at more than 80 per cent of this maximum to boost anaerobic fitness (quick sprinting).

Want to ride for longer? Improve stamina by training at 70-80 per cent of this maximum for 45 minutes.

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