Prepare for your outing

A successful trip should be well prepared. Don’t get caught out - follow these simple rules.

Some advice to ensure your trip runs smoothly

  • Research your route carefully
    On the Internet or with the help of a guidebook : know in advance the distance, type of road/lanes to expect, any hills, services available etc. You can print out the tour routes for specific sections and stages from the website.
  • Have a “plan B” ready… just in case
    Consider the train, amongst other options
  • Take protective clothing in case it rains
    If possible, choose garments made from breathable fabrics designed for cyclists
  • Take a fleece for the evening
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended
    But think about colder weather too.  Gloves, cycling shoes and leggings are advisable for longer routes
  • Wear bright, reflective clothing
    Ideal for making yourself visible towards the end of the day
  • Take drinks, dried fruit and energy bars
    This will help you keep your energy levels up
  • Don’t overestimate your abilities… or those of your children
  • Warm up your muscles
    Some stretches can help hold off fatigue
  • Start with short stages
  • Helmets are recommended