Some thoughts on the festive 500

Some random thoughts on the festive 500 for anyone considering attempting it in 2018.

  • It is filled with many challenging moments and your inner chimp will say just quit and go home
  • Why am I doing this to myself, for no reward, I could be sat at home in front of a nice warm fire
  • So this is what it feels like to get up and ride a bike every single day
  • My legs are tired (but most likely they were fine and it was just the inner chimp again)
  • A well timed energy gel really can give a boost and your inner chimp will say you got this all under control
  • I still need to work on my in-ride fuelling and especially my hydration, in winter when the contents of your water bottle is Icey it is very easy to neglect the hydration.
  • Cold, Wet Socks are horrible and your inner chimp will say just quit and go home
  • The magic of a great Sunrise and your inner chimp will say you got this all under control
  • UK Winter Weather is unpredictable, exercise caution, it is ok to fail the festive 500
  • It will require a lot of time to complete, will your off the bike commitments afford you that much time
  • Short loops close to home give you a bail-out option if the weather turns really nasty
  • Longer loops with no bail-out option take you to commit to it, but really help eat in to the distance target
  • Bring spare Socks/Gloves for the really wet rides or a spare base layer, or do a short loop, go home change and go back out again
  • Wash your Bike after every ride
  • UK Winter road conditions will eat Brake pads, rims, chain etc

This years festive 500 saw 83,132 participants (I finished in 17,062 nd place last time I checked though not all riders will have uploaded all their data just yet) take on the challenge amassing 19,870,431 Kilometres between them.

Would I do it again? In a warm, dry climate yes but in the UK… probably not.

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