Where to train
The best place to prepare for this trip is, of course, everywhere! The route you will be cycling has every type of road surface imaginable: form; smooth; tarmac; lumpy concrete; to red dirt, both dry and wet. Parks and trail centres are a must, as you will get used to going from path to paved. Don't be afraid to practice jumping up and down from curbs, as this is a common occurrence on African roads. If you don't have time but do have a gym membership then try to sign up for a spinning class, nothing beats the real thing, but spinning is better than nothing!
*Most of the route we will be taking in Kenya will be at about 2000m above sea level which is a similar altitude to the Tour de France. We’re pretty short of mountains here in the UK but there are some high roads to test out and if you really want to get a feel for cycling at altitude then there are a number of altitude centres across the country which hold spinning classes..
Buy a water bottle holder and bottle for your bike
This is something I realised I wasn’t very good at when I rode in February, I hadn’t ever practiced grabbing my water bottle and drinking whilst riding. It’s much harder than you think and worth investing in a cage and bottle for you training rides so you can be a drinking pro out in Kenya.
Clip in shoes
This is personal preference, but if you want to ride with clip in shoes you’ll need to practice with them. Get used to clicking in and out and feel comfortable being at one with the bike. You’ll literally be attached to it!
Don’t skimp on cycling shorts
This one is a biggie for me. We’ve all been there, we’ve all looked at the price of cycling shorts and thought BLIMEY the'y’re expensive, I’ll go for the cheap pair and save that cash for extra poolside drinks. I would definitely advice against that. This is not an ad but invest in good, padded shorts! You want the least of your worries to be your shorts rolling down, you’ll have a lot to be thinking about. Give your bottom the respect it deserves.
Here are some handy cycling sites:
Chain Reaction: https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/