Completing a cycling tour can mean a lot of things. It can be doing what you set off to do or being flexible to move around unforeseeable events but most importantly, it means knowing how not to give up and keep going on. You’ll find that cycling can often be a test of mental strength too! A tour is all about exploring and having fun- to allow yourself to do that you need to keep a few things in mind:
How many times have you beaten yourself up for not being as great as those around you? You may not be a tough cyclist ready to face all the great outdoors has to throw at you but that’s fine. That might not be your pace so find out what is and don’t feel the need to be the same as the others. They might race through those awe-inspiring cycling tours of italy and across the world, but if that pace doesn’t make you happy, then stick to your own. Put yourself up for a challenge on occasion but by no means push yourself too hard if it isn’t your style.
This seems like an obvious step but many a cyclist has fallen prey to poor planning and not checked the optimal seasons for their tours. It’s disheartening when you spend so much time and effort on getting there, only to find out the frigid conditions will delay your tour. So make sure to check this out as well as the weather forecasts for the days you go (even though that’s subject to change).
There are plenty of touring sites that would give you an idea of how much you need to save up to get from Point A to Point B. And if you’re not that financially well off then you’re going to have to stick to this budget, set some rules for yourself and sacrifice personal comfort a few times along the way to make it happen. Most solo cyclists tend to camp in the outdoors and use their supplies consciously. If you hit a rut, however, and it’s been a tiring day, then you can treat yourself to something nice. Essentially, be conscious of your spendings but don’t forget to relax every now and then so you can enjoy the moment.
The Right Partner
There’s nothing worse than heading off on a tour with an incompatible partner. They can singlehandedly ruin the experience for you so you need to go on a few test-runs before a major long distance tour. Encounter some unpleasant and exhausting conditions. This will show you how well you and your partner work as a team and you can figure out if you work better as a soloist.
The worst mistake you can make is to skimp on a quality bike and gear. These will go for hundreds of kilometers without a problem so it’s definitely worth the money.
Using these steps you can complete a successful cycling tour and make the most of your experience!