So you are planning on taking part in a long distance charity challenge cycle ride? It’s an exciting challenge for a good cause and it can be a lot of fun, but to make sure that your cycle ride goes smoothly it’s important to be prepared. If you are not ready for the ride the long distance cycling experience can be a difficult one. Here are some of the things that you should not do when you are on a long distance cycling trip or charity challenges.
Adjust Your Seat Too Low
If you notice that you are experiencing pain in your knees when you are riding your bike you are probably committing a common beginner mistake which is adjusting your seat too low. This causes you to under extend your pedal stroke. When your bike is adjusted to the right seat height, your knee should be slightly bent at the bottom of your pedal stroke. You should be barely maintaining contact with your foot to the pedal at the bottom of the stroke, without having to rock your pelvis. When your seat is too low you will find your knees aching at the end of a long ride and you will be causing damage to your joints.
Taking On Too Much Before You are Ready
One of the biggest issues that can happen with beginner riders is that they take on far too much mileage before they are ready for it. Make sure that you build up your training slowly, so that you can give your body time to adjust to the distance and the pace. You should be warming up so that you won’t start out too fast and risk burning out.
Not Carrying a Patch Kit
What happens if you are out there on a ride and all of a sudden you puncture your tire and get a flat? It can be game over if this happens – unless you have a patch kit to save the day. You can learn how to patch up and pump up a tire quickly and easily by watching videos online. So, if disaster strikes you will still be able to get yourself back on the road in only a few minutes.
Not Eating Enough to Refuel Yourself
When you are on a long distance bike ride it is really important to eat enough so that you have the energy to refuel yourself and keep going. If you are riding for more than two hours you should bring a healthy snack along and start eating at least 45 minutes to an hour into your bike ride. Then, you should continue eating small amounts every 15-20 minutes to keep yourself fueled up. If you don’t eat the fuel that you need, your body can go into a deficient and you can start to feel tired, irritable, dizzy, nausea and hypoglycemic – which can really slow you down!
Not Having an Understanding of the Route
You should have a good understanding of where the long distance cycling route is taking you, where you are stopping and how long the journey will take. This is especially important on long rides. It is not just the responsibility of the lead rider to know, everyone should share the responsibility for navigation. Otherwise, the lead rider feels like they are a tour guide who is responsible for managing all navigation while everyone else merrily follows along.
Listening to Headphones
On a long distance cycling ride you might be tempted to listen to headphones to pass the time, as the music can keep you going even when your energy is flagging. However, when you are riding on the roads this can be dangerous. If you have the music blasting in your ears you won’t be able to hear a car when it is approaching and you could make yourself more likely to be in an accident. For this reason it is important to leave the headphones at home when you are on a long distance cycle ride.
So, these are some of the big mistakes that you should avoid when you are on a long distance charity cycle ride, so that you will have a safer and more enjoyable ride.