South Downs 65 miles

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South Downs 65 miles

Postby GBW » Thu Jun 21, 2007 21:49 pm

Hello all, after a bit of advice.

I'm doing the BHF Randonee 65 miles next weekend, and although pretty much ready to go, havw a couple of questions hopefully you good people can help with.

by way of introduction; i ride regularly with 5 or 6 other guys mostly across Cranborne Chase in Dorset, and out from Christchurch around the SW New Forest. our rides always tend to be flat out 25 miles (average 13-14mph) with 80% odd off road, so fitness wise I'm fine. My bike and kit is all fine, no worries there either.

My main concerns are a) food/drink/nutrition: I normally ride in the evenings, so prepare with a protien/carb filled lunch, then a chocolate binge about an hour before the ride. i only ever have plain water on the ride. the Randonee's early start worries me - what would you advise me to eat/drink before the start, and as my usual rides are 2-3 hours max, i'm not sure about food on the go. would it be a sugar/salt/carb mix? little & often or a blow out half way round? what about re-hydration? i'll planning on plain water, but having read some other posts, am thinking about something isotonic?

b) kit: what's the route like for punctures? is 4 spare tubes OTT?

thanks in anticpation, and look forward to seeing some of you there!


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Postby streako » Fri Jun 22, 2007 11:02 am

For a long ride I would suggest eating a huge meal of pasta 1-2 hours before the off. Eat well the previous day also , and make sure you are well hydrated beforehand.
Avoid plain water. A good isotonic drink will give back minerals and salts that you use and sweat out.

Take lots of snacks such as bananas, flapjack, malt loaf, cereal bars, etc, and dont be afraid to stop every 1-2 hours.

4 tubes would be excessive for me, but I am normally lucky with punctures so I just take 2, and a repair kit. Try to get hold of a good mini pump and a CO2 inflator aswell.

Make sure you are correctly dressed and have a waterproof jacket in your bag.

I always take some Iboprofen on rides with me, as I can get headaches from the exertion.

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