I am Phil , just taken cycling up again & I am going on this trip on 8/3/2014 with my son Pete an experienced cyclist. What preparation are other people doing in particular re the climbs - 21km is mentioned in the trip notes. Hope to here from any fellow travellers .
Thanks Gaby, it looks like you are already cycling a lot - I am up to 50 miles over a weekend from a nil start in November & intend to try to achieve a similar goal to you, say 50 miles a day for 3 days in a row by March.
What speed do you ride ( ie average mph) - Iam currently at 13mph on mixed terrain using an hybrid bike which will hopefully be similar to the one in Morocco. It would help me to know for training purposes.
Hope to hear from you idc & look forward to meeting you in March.
Hi Gaby, thanks for the input I also think stamina will be key & hence the need to put in the effort. It does appear there will plenty of time for sightseeing etc but still its c 40/50 miles a day.
Pete, my son, wonders if you use cleats & would you be taking them.(Neither of us use them at present) I understand the bikes dont have them but they will fit them if taken.
Hi there, yes I do use SPD cleats and will be bringing a set of pedals I learnt to clip in with, they are flat one side and clip in on the other. You find that once you get into clipless pedals and then ride with flat pedals you forget to pull the pedal up with your foot to push off and get quite confused, certainly I did. That is the only reason why I am bringing them. Also the SPD cleats recess into the shoes so I can walk easily in them. I will also bring my own saddle and some chamoix cream in the hope I can keep discomfort at bay!!
Thanks again for the info, I find a gel seat helps.!!
Have a great Christmas & Happy New Year & I will no doubt keep in touch in the new year if I think of anything else & to see how the training is going.
Hi Gaby, finished my last ride yesterday, c 30 miles. Must admit I havent done as much riding over last 3/4 weeks , only say 35/40 miles per weekend but hope it will be enough, especially as the weather looks good for us which should help.
Look forward to seeing you next weekend, Phil.
Hi Phil, unfortunately I am feeling quite deflated at the moment. I had thought my first disaster a couple of weeks ago when I came down with quite a bad cold, horrendous cough and sore throat, was as bad as it could get. It actually forced me to go sick from work (and I don't usually do sick leave, believe me!). I dosed myself up to the gunnels with all types of medication and obviously had to stop all exercise as I just wasn't well enough. Anyway tuesday gone got back on the bike for the 1st time in 1 1/2 weeks and did 20 + miles, it felt okay and then I did my usual commutes the rest of the week, so a total for the week of 55 miles and I was happy. Yesterday I found I have developed a saddle sore. If you have never had one and they are surprisingly common, it is basically a lump under the skin right at the very top of your leg which can increase in size from friction against the saddle. I have had them only twice before, in fact the previous time was about 3 months ago and I was relieved it came well before holiday and I was able to treat it, hold back from cycling for a bit to allow it to reduce and disappear. So for it to come back now was a shock and disastrous for me really. I am tempted to simply not ride at all this week, I can still go out running and just depend on that for my fitness. I think my rambling on may be an indication as to how upset I am about this, because it is very likely to affect my enjoyment of the cycling part of the holiday. Although I will make every effort to avoid this. Sorry if I sound all ME ME ME...don't mean too.
I think what you have been achieving each weekend will be more than adequate to be honest, because the distances we will be doing on the holiday are spread out over a good part of the day so plenty of rests. You also do a lot of walking and that will help with your stamina. I know at the end of each day our legs will be rather tired, so a good nights sleep will be important. The main challenge will be the 21km hill, bring it on - saddle sore or not!!
Anyway Phil I very much look forward to meeting you and your son and lets hope it is a fun holiday for all of us. If you are flying from Gatwick look out for me I will have a small black compact backpack with my helmet attached to it and will be walking like John Wayne.... not really that is a joke honest!
Gaby, sorry to here about your various health issues but hopefully it wont affect enjoying the holiday/adventure.
Will keep an eye out for at Gatwick and may be able to fit in a coffee before we fly.
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