My best cycling tips are:
1. For a long distance ride you have to fuel... just like a car! Little and often is best. I eat something small every 30 mins. For example, a banana, an energy gel, half an energy bar or a small piece of sandwich.
2. Drink! Make a hydration strategy, you will feel awful if you get dehydrated. Start well hydrated then drink often. Every time you get a chance to refill your bottle, finish what you have left and take a refill.
3. Get some padded shorts and grab some chammy cream (or Sudocream or Germolene) and put some on the places that rub on you saddle... You will be a much happier cyclist.
4. Don't forget to enjoy yourself! When the going gets tough, look up from the tarmac and take in the views.
5. Just keep pedalling!
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