Adventure, beautiful landscapes and tasty food… our marketing executive Frances Wilson has lots she likes to experience whilst on a cycling holiday.
1. Take lip balm… and a rain jacket
Be prepared for extreme weather conditions, as on a bike you’re exposed to it all! I’ve ridden in all sorts, from wall-to-wall sunshine in Croatia to a few heavy downpours in Northern Spain.
2. Learn a few words of the language
If you’re keen I recommend buying a phrasebook, but for those after a quick win, I always find that hello and thank you are universal phrases which will help you get by very nicely in any country you visit. Go on, it’s nice to be nice and always fun to learn from the locals.
3. Join in the GoPro craze
Okay, I know holidays are a great chance to switch off, but capturing my experience of the journey is something I really enjoy doing. It’s also a great way to reminisce once home from said travels!
4. Pack some decent padded shorts
Invest in a good pair… they’re so worth it! I’ve personally just bought some from women’s cycling provider Velo Vixen, which have been specially made in Italy with an enhanced padded rear. They work wonders and help avoid unnecessary aches after multiple days in the saddle.
Final wise words…
Look up and enjoy the varied scenery, listen to the amazing nature you’re immersed in and savour the freedom of escaping your day-to-day routine.