Five Long Distance Cycling Tips
Searching online for advice on long distance riding. Read Five Tips For Great Long Distance Riding By Robbie Ferri a Seasoned ultra cyclist.
Long Distance Cycling
Long-distance cycling has become the thing to be doing as it is accessible to anyone and is surrounded by such a great community.
As cycling moves forward and becomes more popular every year, we see people wanting to ride further all the time. Many people are good at long-distance cycling, but how can you take that to the next level to be great?
I’m Robbie Ferri, a seasoned Ultra Cyclist, and in this article, I want to give you some tips to help.
As simple as this sounds when it comes to Long-distance cycling, preparation is absolutely everything. If you know you have a long day in the saddle, your bike and yourself should be prepped and ready the night before.
Clean and ready to roll, tyres pumped, chain lubed, and all the required spares in a small bag and checked. You want your Lycra or gear prepared for you to put on straight in the morning and your nutrition-packed and ready next to water bottles that are ready to fill.
Garmin routes loaded, and everything charged. Although this doesn’t sound like much, it matters. Personally, taking the thinking out of the morning helps me as getting ready first thing is a lot to think about and a lot to get wrong. Read a beginners guide to road cycling.
I enjoy the ride more and find it much more appealing to have longer in bed to rest before I exhaust myself on the bike.
Bike Set up
Riding distance isn’t easy. It’s tough to be giving effort in the saddle for a long time, and we often face these brutal days. Why make it harder for yourself by bringing the wrong tool for the job?
I recommend if you are on a long day, take the bike that will suit it the most. A hundred-mile road Sportif will be no fun on a mountain bike, and the same goes for a mountain bike adventure that wouldn’t suit a road bike.
Try not to make it harder for yourself. This principle doesn’t just apply to your bike but also components.
If it’s a hilly day, make sure you have the gearing to suit, or if it’s a very flat day, maybe take some tri-bars. I had taken the wrong bike too many times before and suffered to get through it comfortably.
I’m sure you have heard this before a million times, but Bikefit is everything. When I first started long-distance riding, I never had a Bikefit, and I had years of so much pain.
When I eventually got it right, and I had never felt so good. It was the happiest I have ever felt riding my bike. The miles came so much easier, and the power I could produce was better.
It was a complete gamechanger. If I could go back and tell myself one bit of advice at the start of my career, it would be to get a Bikefit as soon as possible.
I now actually Bikefit people myself, and it’s such a pleasure to help people feel better when riding much further.
This sounds much more complicated than it is. A nutrition strategy is simple. It’s about managing the amount of food and water you will need to consume while you are riding. This will be different for everyone, and it will take some time to get it right, but the golden rule is to eat before you’re hungry and drink before you’re thirsty.
Depending on how quickly you’re going and what the conditions of the riding and terrain are, you will be burning calories. Not just a few but a lot. Personally, even at an endurance pace of 65% of my heart rate, I’m giving 500 Calories an hour to riding my bike. Alongside the standard calories you need for the body’s standard daily processes, that’s a lot to consume.
On a ten-hour ride, my body will need a minimum of 7500 Calories on that day to maintain my body weight. Eating 500 plus calories an hour is difficult for me as it is just so much food, and I tend to not be able to do that, but I do have a particular way of managing my eating to give me the best shot possible epic ride.
I have a routine of every hour 200-300 Calories (Mainly Carbs) and generally on the hour of my elapsed riding time, so 1,2,3, and so on. Then I drink my water every hour but at the midpoint between eating 1.5, 2.5, 3.5, and so on. This helps me get a lot of food and water in but doesn’t make me bloated. As I say, this will be very different for everyone, but it is an essential part of long-distance riding you have to get right.
Enjoy yourself and stay motivated
I find this vital. Long-distance riding is hard, but you should be having a good time and a lot of fun doing it. I make up little challenges for my long training rides to keep me entertained. If I’m on my own,
I will make a little game such as traveling far for something straightforward. I once rode from my home in the UK to Bruges in Belgium as I heard the Chocolate was good, then home again. The little challenge kept me busy, and I will never forget the story. It was an epic ride.
The next way to enjoy the ride and motivate yourself is to ride with friends. They will keep the spirits high, and it will be much easier than watching the miles tick over by yourself. The only thing when riding with others is to make sure they are of a similar ability.
The Final Words As I say, long-distance riding isn’t easy, but it is a lot of fun and extremely good for your health. I’d highly recommend it to anyone as the sense of adventure and accomplishment is something special. I hope you enjoy the tips and have many happy. Read Johns moving story.
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