Tips for long distance rides
I might see you there, I am a mechanic on one this weekend.
You can probably grab some sleep, or rest at least on the ferry.
Keep eating and keep drinking. Don’t think of the overall ride, break it up into chunks. Try not to lie down. So long as you keep riding it won’t be too bad.
Know how to fix a puncture 😉Posted 3 years agojonbaMember
Never done anything that long but:-
-Arrive well restedPosted 3 years ago
-Keep eating and drinking – have variety as one flavour of energy bar will kill you, as will just having energy bars. I’m a big fan of pork pies.
-If you can take a change of kit and babywipes. It might make things a little more comfortable if you spend a few minutes getting changed.
-Chamois Cream – so much that you can barely stop sliding off the saddle!
-Start slower than you think is acceptable – ride the last 25 miles as a timetrial if you have any energy left.
-Keep pedalling – Soft tapping is better than freewheeling and will make a difference over a long ride.
-Don’t stop. Obviously you’ll need to occasionally but be organised and efficient to minimise faff. I realised when I started to do endurance racing that I was spending up to 30 minutes at feed stations over the course of 10hour race. Time that could be better spent pedalling.
-Break down the ride. Go through the route and treat it as a series of smaller rides.
I’m riding the 280 miles from London to Paris in 24 hours this weekend and, despite a good amount of training, I’m starting to get a little scared. I was wondering if any of the good people of STW had any advice on how to cope with silly mileage, lack of sleep and any other such challenges a ride like this may provide?Posted 3 years agopondoMember
Ooo, good luck! 🙂 I wouldn’t use it as a regular fuel, but as an emergency pick-me-up, a drop of water in a bottle, filled to the top with full fat coke, topped off with an energy gel – correctly or otherwise, I have been led to believe that road teams use this to get a flagging rider to the end of a stage. Works for me too, not sure if it’s mental as much as anything.Posted 3 years ago
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