5 tips to prepare for the Cycle Against Suicide

By Alan Heary BSc.

Whether you have decided to do the whole distance or part of the journey, these 3 tips are designed to help give you the best opportunity at enjoying the ride.

1. Make a list
You would be amazed how many people turn up to events without their water bottle or even their gloves because they forgot to pack them.

Making a list of what you will need for your cycle is hugely important. Write it down and tick everything off the list as you put your gear together. Pack the night before and double check everything again before you leave for the start. This list might include:

  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • Shorts
  • Jersey
  • Gillet
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain Jacket
  • Helmet

Write your list now!

2. Know the where’s and when’s
Everything on the following list may sound like common sense but this is NOT always common practice and a lot of riders turn up at events in the wrong place or at the wrong time.

The following are details you need to know and take notes on:

  • Where is the registration?
  • What time is the registration?
  • Where does the stage start?
  • What time does it start?
  • Where does it finish?
  • What is the course like (distance and profile)

3. Have a plan
Writing down your goals for the event is important and here are some easy to follow guidelines.

  • Have breakfast
    You will need calories in your body in order for you to be able to ride the distance. A good example of the proper food is cereal or Porridge with some honey or fruit and some toast
  • Dress to be warm
    It is best that you are warm starting into the ride so make sure if the weather is cold and wet that you have your legs and upper body wrapped up. Wear gloves and have a hat on under your helmet.
  • Bring a change of clothes
    Bring some clothes that you can easily change into immediately after the ride. You may also want to put on fresh socks or t-shirt half way through the ride.
  • Arrive on time
    Know the wheres and whens and get there early.
  • Drink 1 bottle of water or isotonic drink per hour
    This will stop you from becoming dehydrated. Start drinking 15 minutes into the ride and sip throughout the day.
  • Eat or take gel every 45mins
    Start eating some food 45 minutes into the ride. This helps to fuel your body throughout the cycle. A good example is bananas, cereal bars or gels.
  • Be near the front of the group going into the climbs
    If you are riding as part of a group and you are not strong at climbing move to the front of the bunch when you are starting the hill so even if the stronger riders go past you, you will still be with them at the top.

4. Go at your own pace
You may feel fine at the start of the day that you have loads of energy and want to go at the pace set by others but remember the goal is to conserve energy so you can finish the distance. This event is about being able to chat to people, so if you find yourself getting out of breath to the point that you can’t talk you need to back off the pace.

5. Communicate problems
If you have a bike problem or need to stop for any other reason, tell the people around you and move over to the side of the road before stopping.

So there you go. Follow those tips and you will be able to enjoy the ride while feeling comfortable and safe.

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