Do take advantage of our free training – not only will it ensure you are fully prepared for your challenge, but it will give you an opportunity to meet fellow challengers and the rest of the team.

We always advise you to do as much as you can in addition to our training programme – the more you do, the more you will really enjoy your experience!

Training walks

We have a selection of training walks organised for Sundays and Wednesday evenings.

Click here to download the training walks schedule

For more information about these training walks, please contact Kim Roderick.

Training cycle rides

We organise a variety of cycling sessions that are tailored to build mileage for each of our cycling challenge events.

Tuesday evening cycle training
Subject to volunteer leaders available, we endeavour to offer three rides per week on Tuesday evenings. Rides are free and all are welcome, even if you are not taking part in an event.

Tuesdays | 18:30
Meet at: YMCA Sports and Community Centre, Redhill, RH1 6JJ

• Beginners 10 miles at average 8-10 mph
• Intermediate 15 miles plus at average 10-13 mph
• Experienced 25- 35 miles at 14- 15mph

All rides are carried out at participants own risk. All cyclists must wear a helmet, bring a drink and be aware that rides are on public roads and road bikes or hybrids bikes are most suitable.

Sunday cycle training
We also organise Sunday training rides once a month.

Updates will be available on YMCA Challenge Facebook and Twitter pages. For further information, please email


All training events start and finish at YMCA East Surrey, Sports and Community Centre, Princes Road, Redhill, RH1 6JJ with refreshments available 30 minutes before departure.

YMCA Fitness Centre

If you really want to improve your fitness, check out our fully inclusive, modern, air-conditioned gym which is full of cardiovascular and resistance machines to give you all round fitness. In addition, our fully qualified gym team will be on hand to provide you with a bespoke fitness programme to complement your chosen challenge.

Other training opportunities

Redhill Cycling Club have a range of rides taking place on Saturday mornings for all abilities.

Reigate Priory Athletic Club offer a range of training sessions for everyone.

Team Cake organise regular social cycle rides.

Local cycle rides – Mike Ormerod, who leads a lot of our training rides, has set up this very handy guide, including tea stops!

Travel Smart Surrey – lots of useful information on cycling routes and training for beginners

Find out more

For more information, please contact the Challenge Events fundraising team.

T 01737 779979