How To Prepare For A Bike Riding Event?

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Bicycle, biking, Cycling | 0 comments

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So you signed up to that all important charity bike ride event a few months ago and the event date is getting closer and closer. All the good intentions of sticking to your training regime slowly crept out the window and now it is just one month until the big day, to ensure that you successfully complete the bike ride, preparing for the event is essential.

Here are some top tips to consider when preparing the cycling challenge:

Bicycle

What is more important than having a bicycle that is fit and ready for the big day. You should regularly get your bicycle checked over, this will ensure that it is safe to use on the road. It is especially important to get it checked over before a big bike ride. Checking the brakes, tyres and chain is absolutely essential.

It is possible to check these things yourself; however you may be liable to miss some things. Taking it to a bike repair expert will give you the confidence that your bicycle is ready for the big event.

Adding some last minute accessories to your bicycle is also equally important. Ensure you have a bottle cage so you can successfully carry water with you during the bike ride – the last thing you want is to be dehydrated during the bike ride event.

Kit

Wearing appropriate clothing for the bike ride event is absolutely essential. If you are wearing clothes that are not suitable for cycling, you may find that you will be slowed down or you may be putting yourself at risk of an accident happening.

You do not need to spend a fortune purchasing a cycling kit as there are many budget shops available.

As part of your kit, you may want to purchase a saddle pack – in this you can include any essentials that may be required during the bike ride. Some essentials may include a spare inner tube, multi-tool including Allen keys, a small pump and tyre levers. This will mean that you will be prepared for any punctures or bike incidents.

Food

An essential part of your preparation should be focusing on what you eat and drink. This does not just concern the day of the bike ride, but in the days before the cycle.

What you eat and drink in the day will play a huge part of how you perform and feel out on the road on event day. Breakfast remains the most important meal of the day, particularly if you are going to be spending the majority of the day on a bicycle.

When cycling, try not to leave too long between eating as when you become hungry, you will lack energy and it may encourage you to go on a food binge when you have finished cycling – this is not good.

Drink plenty of water in short and regular spurts – do not try and drink lots at once as it may make you feel bloated and uncomfortable.

Preparation is an essential part to succeeding on your bike ride. If you do not take the time to prepare then you may struggle to complete the ride or be injured whilst doing so.

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