Welcome! RIDEANDRACE is about the bicycle and our own physical and mental strength, ultra-endurance and adventure cycling, creating a connection, building long-term fitness, and helping cyclists become a better version of themselves.
RIDEANDRACE training solutions - coaching programs, tailored plans and pre-built plans are for the beginner, intermediate competitive and non-racer, and primarily for ultra-endurance/distance formats such as 12 and 24 hours, 1000 km self-supported and semi supported, multi-day stage and single-day racing and does extend to the shorter road, gravel and mountain bike formats.
Whether you want to prepare for a ride or race, or use cycling to improve your overall well-being RIDEANDRACE can help you. The training solutions are simple and easy to follow, are well thought out and includes a ridiculous amount of attention to detail.
Details matter, they make all the difference.
Do I need lots of time to train? The amount of time required will be determined by your realistic goal. Keep in mind that cycling is an endurance sport that requires large volumes of work at appropriate times to achieve your goal, however sometimes less is more. Training isn't just about how many hours you ride, it is also developing power, skill set and adaptability to different situations.
Which training solution should I choose? Your current level of fitness, age or cycling experience is not important. Primary factor to consider is your level of attention you require.
Are the training solutions only for cyclists who race? No, it is also for the cyclist who doesn’t race but has a cycling goal... you may want to build and or maintain fitness or just get faster, aim to finish a tough local ride in a certain amount of time, completing an Everesting, a Rapha Festive 500 or use cycling to improve mental health.
All accomplishments start with a decision to try. Let's get started!
“I really can't find the words to express how much working with a coach has changed my life. Rafeeq made me realize anything, not just finishing an ultra-endurance mountain bike race is attainable. Without his help I would not be the person I am today. My goal event was the Munga, an ultra endurance mountain bike race across a semi desert located in South Africa in the midst of summer. For 12 months I trained with Rafeeq from RIDEANDRACE and this is the first time in my life that I used a structured training plan and worked with a coach. Each session had a specific aim in preparing me for the race. I went into the event mentally and physically prepared for everything and despite it being a challenging event I felt strong throughout."
Sarah Atmore, Ultra-endurance Cyclist, Cape Town, South Africa
“Thank you, Rafeeq, for your cycle training programs coupled with regular positive feedback provided with my road cycling training plans over the last 3 months. The improvement in power, lower heart rate, and general wellbeing are a direct result of your easy and simple to follow plans accessible on my TrainingPeaks. I am proud to be a RIDEANDRACE athlete at the youthful age of 56 years, I am looking forward to continued improvements with guidance from you."
Mark Derecourt, Road Cyclist, Perth, Western Australia
Hi! I am Rafeeq, founder of RIDEANDRACE, and I help ultra-endurance/distance cyclists train (effectively) more efficiently. I offer a holistic approach, the person comes first and not the athlete; the human element is the most important thing when helping a you achieve your goal.
I have a particular interest and expertise in solo ultra-distance and adventure cycling. However, I don't know all the answers, I understand the science of cycling and endurance as best as I can through research and continued learning.
What I do know is that consistency is essential, and real improvements take time; I am in it for the long haul when you work with me.