I Want To Ride My Bicycle
As Queen once sang... "I Want to Ride My Bicycle” and now you will! You’ve been brave & signed yourself up for one of the mammoth London-Brighton Bicycle Rides. Well done!
Various London-Brighton races for different charities are taking place over the next few months. The race is around fifty miles and the ride is set along beautiful countryside, making it a brilliant & rewarding day for everyone, albeit a little challenging!
With bravery comes training and we’ve made a list of our top tips to help you achieve a great race:
1. Is your bike in good nick?
Before every training session give your bike a once over. You want your bike to be in the best working condition before setting off. Make sure you oil your gears, checking your brake pads and your tyres.
You will need storage, so best to buy a handy light-weight bag for your back.
Best to take at least two bottles of water, then you can refill on route when needed. Try your best to drink every 20 minutes so you're always hydrated.
4. Energy drinks
Take an energy drink with electrolytes for replacing salt whilst you sweat.
5. Don’t forget to eat
Take food with you and eat little and often. Dried fruit, energy bars & bananas are brilliant for giving you a boost of energy. Stash them in your bag and try and eat every 30 minutes, you will thank yourself for it later.
6. Take waterproofs
Do you want to get wet? No, it’s not nice to be soggy whilst riding. Take some waterproofs and stay clear from wearing jeans.
7. Puncture repair kit is a must
Always be prepared for a puncture. If you don’t know how to change a tube, or pump up a tyre, learn fast!
8. First Aid
Take a small first aid kit, such as FirstAid4Less’s Lifesystems Adventurer Kit for only £12.75. It’s small enough to pop into your bag but it still has all the first aid you need to deal with any cuts or scrapes.
9 Wear padded shorts
The will be more comfortable, trust us. They will make your ride much more enjoyable.
10. Have beetroot juice the week before
Beetroot juice is a natural source of nitrates and it can really boost your stamina. Try drinking a glass or two the week before a big training session and race. If you can’t quite stomach the juice, opt for a whole beetroot, once a day.
We hope our top tips help you along the way with your training & big race. Remember to stock up on your first aid from FirstAid4Less today, you can’t ride if you’re injured!