1. Prepare mentally as well as physically
Know the routes, study the maps; it’s important to have a good idea of the ride you’re about to take on. Practical route mapping also serves to remind us just how much there is to explore!
2. Functional training
Train the muscles and respiratory systems to do what you want them to do. You need to put the hours in, do the hill climbs and keep to your training plan. Kettlebell training at the gym is good as it trains all over the body as well as focusing on the large muscles group, glutes.