Audax Rides - 200 km plus - Food and Equipement

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hartleymartin
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Postby hartleymartin » Wed Feb 25, 2009 11:14 pm

With my little tour down to Buxton on Saturday I plan to stop about every 10km (give or take) and have a stretch and a snack (muesli bars are cheap at ALDI at the moment). My mate is a personal fitness trainer, and he noted that my legs were getting stiff and he showed me some stretches that I should do regularly. I also think it was because my cadence was too slow and causing me to cramp.

I have a 1.5 Litre Hydration pack which I almost always empty each day doing my 6km each-way commute. So, lots of extra water will need to be carried. I plan to mix up isotonic drink in one bottle and use it as I need it and water down some fruit juice in another bottle to give me a little sugar as I need it, but I almost always stick with plain water (and will probably need gastrolyte at the end of a long day's tour!)
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Postby Caelum » Wed Feb 25, 2009 11:17 pm

every 10km is a bit excessive i think... though everyones requirements are different.


Personally i'd probably stop every 20-30km, depending on the terrain. if it was easy riding that may extend a bit further.

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Postby hartleymartin » Wed Feb 25, 2009 11:32 pm

Well, this little tour of mine is a training ground for me to discover what works best. Thanks to other cyclists writing online, I have found that a fast cadence of about 75 to 80 rpm actually is less tiring than going at 60rpm, because it prevents me from going anerobic and I don't get cramps or stiff legs any more. I'll let you know what I did when I get back on Sunday night.
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Postby Caelum » Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:00 am

yeah, cadence goes a long way in terms of efficiency.

I know the commonly quoted cadence is usually 80-90rpm generally... i find myself a little higher, nearer 100. Others say they stick to 75... i guess it all depends on the person :)

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Postby cavebear2 » Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:14 am

Aushiker wrote:Do you know where to the schedule from or is this something provided by some rider leaders?


Provided by leaders by email if they're organised, otherwise at the ride start.

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