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7 cunning ways to get your friend to sign up to cycling sportif with you!

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You know that you always feel AMAZING after completing a physical challenge like a cycling sportif. So, you want your mate, other half or loved one to get that buzz too. Or maybe you just want someone to suffer a little with you as you train. Either way, here are 7 tips to help you persuade, cajole – or let’s be honest – manipulate them into joining you on your journey. Use them wisely!

1. Sell it to them!

Bring your buddy out on an easy walk, run or cycle – but one with incredible views. Make sure it’s a nice day. Then bring them to a cosy pub with great food so they get to experience that incredible satisfaction of treating yourself when it’s well deserved. Then raise the topic of a weekend away that would bring that experience to a whole new level. Do a bit of research in advance, focussing on restaurants and bars you might visit after your cycle. Finally introduce the notion of Ride Dingle, letting them know that there are two routes to choose from 55KM or 120KM

2. FOMO is your friend

Show your mate the photos of you with that huge grin on your face when you crossed the finish line. And boogying to the DJ while scoffing your post-race grub. Nothing like a bit of FOMO to ‘persuade’ a reluctant friend into doing what you want.

3. Make a bet

Little is more effective than bit of friendly competition to light a fire under your best pal’s behind.

4. The age-old tactic of reverse psychology

Tell them you’ve signed up for an amazing cycle but that you think it might be a bit too tough for them. Lay it on thick by suggesting that they might be too soft to tackle a hill in the elements.

5. Bribe them.

Offer treats, coffee, money, babysitting…do whatever it takes.

6. Romance could be the key!

If your buddy is single, explain to them that cycling is seriously friendly and a genuinely brilliant way to meet new people. With all the post-exercise endorphins flowing, Ride Dingle has a brilliant party-like atmosphere at the finish, with everyone hanging around for the grub and enjoying the DJ. And lots of people are making a weekend of it too and will hit the town that night. If that’s not an opportunity for romance, then we don’t know what is. And it’s an especially exciting opportunity if you’re sick of trying to meet someone on Tinder. Or if your idea of a soul mate is someone who occasionally likes to do something at the weekend that doesn’t solely revolve around drinking pints. 

7. Go rogue and sign them up for a race.

If all else fails, just go ahead and sign them up for Ride Dingle. Give it to them for their birthday and tell them, “I’ve told your family and friends you’re doing it! No need to thank me! Let’s get training!”

Ride Dingle takes place on Saturday April 25th 2020.  You can register for the event here.