Joined: 03 Jun 2003 Posts: 15079 Location: IRONMAN BABY!
Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2003 7:15 am Post subject: choosing routes
Any tips on choosing routes to train on ? most of my bike work has been gym based ( eg 3/4 spinning classes as week ) My main route at the moment is out and back on a dual carraige way out of brum and as last night proved this can be a bit hairy ( chain coming off / dropping water bottle / planks of wood in the road / traffic )
However it is nice and straight with a few gentle inclines / declines and I can choose 8mile, 14 mile or 20 mile loops on it which are perfect.
What does everyone else do ?
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Joined: 15 May 2003 Posts: 8161 Location: coventry
Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2003 7:59 am Post subject: ...
i like to enjoy my training (except swimming obviously which is just horrid) and 20miles on a smelly dual carraigeway is not my idea of fun. Althoguh there is something to be said for the cars having lots of room to pass you.
(like the fated A5 to tamworth & A45 back route we did once... horrid)
i get a decent map and look for a reasonable looking loop of white roads & B roads....
no problem for base bike training, if you're looking for speed training then i guess you'll want something simpler.
Joined: 15 May 2003 Posts: 9238 Location: Back from outer space
Posted: Wed Jun 18, 2003 11:33 am Post subject:
I avoid dual carriageways altogether. Apart from being dangerous - and I don't just mean fast acrs passing, the amount of grit and glass on the road is astounding - they're also pretty boring!
Get yourself a local map and look for routes that don't involve too many junctions, main roads, etc. Also, don't be afraid to wander and get lost - it's the best way of finding those country village roads that are a dream to cycle through (unless you get a tractor blocking your way grrrrr)
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