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Recommended equipment for cycling holiday

Before you set off on a long distance cycling holiday, there is a lot to consider. Being strategic in your planning will not just save you time, it will save you money – and a few dehydration-induced headaches.

Here you’ll find our essential guide for packing smart and training before your holiday.

Your Clothing

your clothing Recommended equipment for cycling holiday

Jersey

Light, loose-fitting, long-sleeved jersey for protection from the sun’s rays.

Bib Shorts

With their inbuilt padding they are the most comfortable option for anyone planning a long ride or week-long cycling holiday.

Shoes

You can ride a bike in just about any shoes, but compared to typical athletic shoes, cycling shoes are designed with stiffer soles to provide more efficient energy transfer as you pedal. Carbon soled-shoes offer the stiffest response but may cost a lot. Unless you are racing, plastic-soled shoes will do just fine.

Gloves

Full finger gloves are recommended. Lightweight, windproof, breathable gloves are the foundation of cold weather hand protection.

Thermals

The best base layers for long-distance cycling are thermal shirts. Base layers are designed to be worn next to the skin and help to stop you getting cold not simply by adding warmth, but also by taking away moisture.


Your Equipment

your equipment Recommended equipment for cycling holiday

Bike

As our routes contain a mixture of roads, country lanes, riverside paths, rail paths and village streets, we recommend a cyclocross bicycle. It is a special type of road bike designed to be ridden on mixed surfaces.

Helmet

While there is no law at present that states that you have to wear a helmet, they are strongly recommended. They can help prevent a head injury if you fall from your bike.

Backpack

Long-distance cyclists need a cycling backpack that doesn’t weigh them down. We recommend a light and water-resistant backpack.

Repairs kit

It is important to have a well-maintained and serviced bicycle before you go on your cycling holiday. However, in case of an emergency, below is a list of what we recommended you bring.

  • chain-link
  • puncture repair kit or inner tubes
  • lightweight pump
  • multi-tool

For more complex problems, we provide emergency numbers in your holiday pack.


Your Nutrition

your nutrition Recommended equipment for cycling holiday

Drinks

When cycling, you lose fluids through sweating and breathing. It’s important to drink before you feel thirsty to stay ahead of dehydration. For long-distance cycling, any type of energy drinks is fine – a carbohydrate/electrolyte mix that will rehydrate and energise you, and replace the salts you sweat out over distance.

Food

To eat for endurance, low fat, high carbohydrate foods are recommended. Carbohydrates are the food of choice for working muscles because they are by far the most digestible, transforming efficiently into usable glucose.


Your Items

your iteams Recommended equipment for cycling holiday

  • Lightweight towel
  • Pocket knife (folding blade 3 inches long (7.62 cm) or less, e.g. a Swiss Army knife)
  • Lightweight lock and cable
  • Basic first-aid kit
  • Sunglasses
  • Flashlight/headlamp
  • Sunblock
  • Wallet
  • Mobile phone

If you have any question, please contact our friendly office and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


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