All about touring, whether you are a local or visiting from overseas.
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!)
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.
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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