Your First Charity Bike Ride

Cycling for charity can be a great way of doing what you love while raising money, but there are still some things to consider before you commence your journey. Although cycling should always be enjoyed, it never hurts to ensure that all is as it should be beforehand.

Ensure You Check Your Bicycle Beforehand

While it can be seen as something of a pointless task if you’re using the bicycle often, the last thing you want to happen is for your bicycle to become defective while en route. If you’re not too sure what things you should be checking for, then consider taking it to a local bicycle shop, which can ensure that everything on the bicycle is working as it should be.

Never assume that everything is in working order, as any mishaps that occur during the charity ride could see you out of action for some time.

Consider Your Food Intake

Most charity bike rides have food stops along the way, but never assume this is the case. Depending on the distance of your bike ride, you need to ensure that you will have enough energy to see the ride through. Ensure you take snacks that have been made to release energy slowly. Many may be tempted to take every day snacks, but although sugary snacks will produce energy in the short term, it will leave you feeling more tired in the long run.

Ensure You Stay Hydrated

Just as it’s important to ensure that the body is well-nourished, it also makes sense to ensure that you stay hydrated. As with the food, ensure the fluids you consume are going to benefit you in the long run. A bottle of water will do much more to help keep you hydrated than an energy drink packed with sugar.

Don’t Focus On Winning

No one can take away how much adrenaline the thought of winning can evoke, but it’s worth remembering that this is a charity ride, so everyone involved is doing so to help the charity in question. There’s nothing wrong with having a competitive streak, but solely focusing on winning could mean that you are left disappointed if things don’t pan out your way.

If you do set goals, ensure they are realistic. Over performing will leave you tired, and will make the ride less enjoyable.

Check, Check & Check Again

While it could be assumed that cycling means taking very little, this is untrue. Evidently, traveling small distances rarely requires professional attire, but if you’re going to be on your bicycle for a number of hours, then having the right kind of equipment is a necessity.

Consider what you need for the charity ride. Some considerations to note are gloves, helmet, shorts, socks, a water bottle and some sunscreen.

Cyclists should always wear layers that can be adapted depending on the weather. For example, if a morning is colder than the afternoon, then some simple legwarmers can be a great addition, and can be easily removed should the weather improve.

These tips cover most of the basics, but whatever charity ride you’ve signed up for, you should find the organisers are more than happy to help you with additional information and advice.

Top Five 2016 Cycling Events for Spectators

Cycling events are becoming more and more popular, with a number of cycling enthusiasts looking out for cycling events that are taking place throughout 2016. Some fans may wish to employ the services of a company who specialises in sports travel tours to ensure they get their fix of cycling action throughout 2016. Below are five of the most popular upcoming cycling events.


Although the Olympics offer a selection of different events, the cycling events are on offer are more than enough to cater for even the most committed of cycling enthusiasts. There are a selection of cycling events taking place during the 2016 Olympics, including the men’s road race, women’s road race as well as a series of cross-country races. Rio de Janeiro will be the host of the Olympics in 2016.

Tour De France

Any cycling fan will be more than familiar with the Tour De France, and 2016 sees the 103rd edition of the popular multiple stage bicycle event. The event will take place between 2nd July 2016 and 24th July 2016 and will start in the French department of Manche. This is the first time the event has started in Mache since it was created back in 1903.

Vuelta a Espana

Just as the Tour De France takes place in France, the Vuelta a Espana occurs in Spain, while passing through nearby companies. The event was actually inspired by the Tour De France and has been held annually since 1955 and its roots go back to 1935. Although the routes change each year, the format of the event remains the same each year.

UCI Track Cycling World Championships

The UCI Track Cycling World Championships are a series of events that test the disciplines and endurances of cyclists. The event first took place in 1893 and events include team pursuit, individual pursuit and sprint. The event takes place in London Velopark in 2016, a cycling centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London.

Giro d’Italia

Giro d’Italia is a bicycle race held in Italy, which was first organised in 1909 in a bid to boost the sales of La Gazetta dello Sport, an Italian sports newspaper. The event is currently organised by RCS sport and the 2016 event will take place in the Netherlands. Just like the Vuelta a Espana and Tour De France, the format of Giro d’Italia stays the same each year, but the route changes. All stages within Giro d’Italia are timed to the finish.

These five events are some of the most recognised and respected events in the world of cycling. All have a rich history and have introduced us to cyclists such as Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome. Of course, many of the events can be watched on television, but attending the event is a much different experience.

Much of the fun experienced is finding ways to view the riders as the fly past, For example, attendees of the Tour de France often find ways to get to the route hours before the riders arrive, as well as seeking out good vantage points.