What type of bike you’ll be riding:
Your bike will be provided by us and looked after by our amazing cycling team throughout the event.
You’ll be riding a Diamondback mountain bike. The route will vary in terrain so this bike is the best for this kind of adventure.
Pedals: Each bike will be fitted with conventional flat pedals provided with the bikes. If you did want to bring your own pedals you’re more than welcome to and our cycling team can fit them.
Saddles: If you have a saddle your bottom is particularly accustomed to you’re again, more than welcome to bring it but the bike you’ll be riding will have one (thank goodness).
Your bike will be kitted out with lights and water bottles and holders. If you want more than one bottle some riders bring their own Camelbaks or additional water bottles (totally optional). There will be plenty of rest stops to replenish you where you will be provided with snacks and water top ups. If you have a favourite snack or electrolite you prefer, feel free to stuff as many of those as you want in the back of your jerseys and dry bags.
What if there’s a problem with my bike (or me)?
There is a support vehicle that travels at the back of the group that will take anyone whose bike can’t be fixed on the road or someone feeling a little under the weather. We also have a fantastic nurse who travels in a jeep in the middle of the group to take care of any injuries. She is wonderful and gives the best hugs.
The cycling team are very experienced cycle guides and they cycle the whole way supporting you mechanically and physically.
You’ll be briefed before every day of cycling where you can ask as many questions as you like.
Mechanics fix the bikes on the go, have spares and all the puncture repair kits imaginable so you won’t need to worry about becoming a bike mechanic as part of your training. However, it is handy if you do know how to fix a puncture or two.
Cyclists can bring 25kg each in luggage. We suggest bringing spare cycling gear as washing facilities won’t be available in every hotel, no one wants to have just one pair of shorts for the duration of the ride! If you’re unsure why that is, ask a fellow rider and they’ll fill you in. Saddle sores are not fun.
Cycling shorts and base layer undershirts. We recommend five pairs of shorts. We advise that you wash your shorts after each day (packing a little liquid clothing wash is a brilliant idea for hand-washing in your room). And we recommend 3-5 base layers.
Cycling glasses. Not your best Prada! Bring plastic based glasses that won’t shatter on impact or hurt you if they break. No glass.
Helmet. This is essential and you won’t be able to cycle without one.
Cycling gloves and Chamois cream. Both essential for a comfortable ride. Chamois cream is very important for a non chafey ride and gloves will help keep your hands comfortable on the uneven terrain.
Sunscreen, insect repellent and lip balm. SPF lip balm is best but all three are ESSENTIAL!
Arm-warmers, hat, gillet and light rain jacket (wet gear essential). It’ll be warm during the day but it may be cold in the mornings and at high altitudes. It may also rain a little, so rain gear will be required and can be kept in the support vehicle until needed.
Sustenance and snacks. You’ll be provided with food and water throughout the cycle but if there’s no harm in packing those cycling jersey back pockets with your favourite energy snacks to fuel those hills.
Multi tool, torch and battery pack. Multi tool could come in handy for those easy road side fixes. If you have a Garmin or phone make sure you bring your battery pack. Torches are always a good idea.