Riding Tips

Ready to Ride the 1965Ride?

Here is what you need to do!

  1. Have a Plan.

Winging it is fine sometimes, but it doesn’t quite cut it when you want to achieve something great. Truly remarkable accomplishments, whether finishing your first century ride or lining up for your first race (yes, it could happen), require careful planning and execution.

  1. Be Prepared to Scrap the Plan.

You’re scheduled for three sets of high-speed spin-ups, and your legs feel like they’re churning through wet cement. Try a couple efforts to see if they come around. If they do not, your body is telling you it hasn’t recovered from your latest effort. Take the day easy and hit it hard tomorrow instead. Your plan should be etched in clay for molding it to your needs, not in stone for hammering yourself with.

  1. Ride at the Extremes.

Many cyclists never go hard enough or easy enough to make big gains. Instead, they spend most of their rides going comfortably hard. Once a week, go so hard your eyes hurt. Follow it with a ride so slow the snails yawn. The combination makes legs strong.

  1. Be True to Thyself.

Most cyclists are pack animals by nature. Enjoy the camaraderie, but don’t let your training goals get trashed by the constant KOM (king of the mountain) contests, town line sprints, and all-hard, all-the-time mentality of the group. If you can’t trust yourself to sit in and go easy when you need to, ride alone.

  1. Do What Sucks.

You hate climbing because it’s hard for you. You should climb because it’s hard for you.

  1. Think Progressively.

Do more than log kilometres. Don’t leave behind the drills just because a training plan has ended. Do intervals, cadence rides, and other specific workouts designed to progressively challenge your body in different ways from week to week. Give every ride a goal.

  1. Maintain the Human Machine.

Keep strengthening your core and other stabilising muscles. Keep stretching. By keeping your supporting muscles strong and joints flexible, you can avoid an achy back, tight hip flexors, and other overuse injuries that can weaken even the strongest cyclist.

  1. Train Your Brain.

Your body can do more than you think. Convince it using your brain, through positive self-talk and visualisation. You’ll be surprised by what you accomplish when you say you can.

  1. Eat.

Fuel is everything for accomplishing big goals like century rides or multi-day charity rides. Train your belly like you do your legs. Fuel your workouts with the same foods you eat on event day. You’ll ride faster in practice and digest better when it counts. Don’t be afraid to experiment. There are dozens of different energy concoctions for a reason. No one diet works for everyone.

  1. Enjoy the Ride.

You have a job. Presumably, riding’s not it. Work hard at it. But never make it work.

This text originally appeared in Bike Your Butt Off!



Cycling Kit

·         Cycling shorts (at least 3 good quality) and tops (as per the “What to wear list” or your own where you don’t have from previous years). If you don’t want to wash clothes on the ride bring enough for each day or wash – it’s easy too! (NB>There are limited washing facilities at some overnight stops. If it is wet drying the kit for the next day could be a problem)

·         2 pairs of gloves

·         Helmet

·         Cycling shoes. If you have a second pair of cycling shoes bring them in case it rains.

·         Lightweight fold up waterproof/resistant cycling jacket

·         Arm and leg warmers, especially for chilly mornings

·         Shammy cream or gel equivalent for those long days in the saddle

·         Sunglasses

·         Sunscreen – make sure that it proects from wind and sun; it must nourish your skin for long days of exposure

·         2 Water bottles each will be provided

·         Buff – great for keeping your neck warm on chilly mornings and your helmet more comfortable every day


Luggage space in the support vehicles is limited.

Each participant is restricted to 2 pieces of luggage: 1 medium suitcase (preferably a soft duffel bag) and 1 compact day bag.

Please label your bags.


•    Warm, casual clothes for the evenings and comfortable casual shoes

•    Slops, strops or sandals are always good

•    Toiletries

•    Medication

•    Bring Smart Casual clothes if you plan attend any of the Queen’s Reunion activities that require this

•    A few Rands for alcohol (what’s that?) and any extras / souvenirs you

might like to purchase along the way


Cycling spares

Only bring spares if your bike has a unique requirement such as special spokes. We will have spares (Tyres, Tubes, and so on) on consignment from Cycle Repair Centre.

However, it’s probably a good idea to keep the following items in your saddle bag: a spare tube, puncture repair kit, bomb, tyre levers.

We will bring chain cleaning supplies for the mandatory halfway bike wash.



NB:  A good sense of humour and a desire to participate!




We will provide tea and coffee for our rest stops. Bring your own if you have a special requirement.

We will have some endurance replenishment supplements but bring your own energy drink mix just in case.

We will provide Debbie Neilson’s delicious crunchies, as well as assorted other rusks, sweet and savoury snacks for en route. But again, if you have a specific something you like to snack on, please bring it.


Remember to bring …

A small tog bag (referred to above) to keep in the support vehicle with all your gear for the day; and to store things like your wallet, camera, sunblock, etc. (The suitcases are often hard to get to while we are on the road).

Washing powder (there are very limited washing facilities en route so most of us just wash a few things every few days).

Anti-cramp tablets if you’re prone to cramping.


Sundry items

Cell phone (essential unless you wish to remain incommunicado)

Bathing costume & towel

Cap or hat

Own medication (There will be basic first aid kits in the support vehicles)

Plastic bags to seal your dirty washing

Medical aid card ***


Chargers for all your devices 🙂

Sunlight liquid and a bottle brush – for keeping your water bottles clean

Ziploc bags for cell phones and other small items that can’t get wet.