Top Tips to get you ready for Your Cycling Adventure

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In 2008, I first cycled coast to coast across Northern England then did it again, but both ways, in 2009.

My first ‘epic’ tour was in 2010, when three of us rode from Notre Dame in Paris, unsupported, to Venice – nearly a thousand miles and fifty thousand feet of climbing in two weeks.

It was the adventure of a lifetime, and I had to repeat it!

Numerous smaller rides followed, but…

In 2016, we climbed the Col du Soulor and the Col du Tourmalet in the Pyrenees to celebrate my 60th birthday and in 2017 I rode from St Malo to Notre Dame solo, and then onwards to Lourdes with the group, from where we climbed the Soulor again and the Col d’Aubisque on our final day.

In 2019, we met up again in Inverness and did a two-week tour of Scotland, finishing in Edinburgh.

These epic trips and countless other rides of various lengths mean I have learned a lot about cycling, training, fuelling and the agony and the ecstasy of cycle touring and how we can always do a bit more than we think we can.

Now I want to give you the opportunity to enjoy the cycle touring experience, the incredible adventures and the massive, almost overwhelming sense of achievement we all get from a tough challenge well met and overcome. 

Starting with a few top tips to help you to be ready to roll. 

Happy riding, and if you can’t ride, happy planning!