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Old 11-28-14, 05:02 PM
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Hello, im preparing for a Charity cycle in memory of two family members i organised. It is 550miles through Ireland from Country Down to Mayo to Clare ending up in Dublin. I'm aiming to do it over 5/6 days, i can currently cycle around 70-80 without any real displeasure. Bar the obvious pains in certain areas.

I've never cycled that amount of miles continuously, any advice on training would be very helpful and clothing also as I've also struggled to find the best shorts.

Thanks!
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Will you have a backup team and have you planned where you will stay each day? How much stuff will you carry?

If you bicycle 70-80 miles and have 'obvious pains' then you may need to re-evaluate your bicycle setup and in particular your saddle and seating position because you should feel fine if things are setup right. If you've got problems then doing it over multiple days will exarcerbate your symptoms. Google 'brooks saddle' for a popular brand amongst many touring cyclists (myself included) which you can get away with wearing regular shorts with.
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Originally Posted by SByrne24 View Post
Hello, im preparing for a Charity cycle in memory of two family members i organised. It is 550miles through Ireland from Country Down to Mayo to Clare ending up in Dublin. I'm aiming to do it over 5/6 days, i can currently cycle around 70-80 without any real displeasure. Bar the obvious pains in certain areas.

I've never cycled that amount of miles continuously, any advice on training would be very helpful and clothing also as I've also struggled to find the best shorts.

Thanks!
Welcome to the forum.

There should be no "obvious pains" after a long ride, at least not after the first couple of rides for the season. Stringing so many centuries, or near centuries so close together can cause discomfort even for the best of us so you will have to work on your bike's fitment, perhaps including saddle choice.

I prefer bike shorts with a chamois and no padding. Best of luck on your endeavor.

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You might get better advice if you told us: are you part of a group of other riders or alone, is there a support vehicle, what you are doing at night - staying indoors or camping, time of year and expected weather, have you researched the route and figured out how much elevation gain you need to accomplish each day, the type of equipment you plan to use, etc.
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Originally Posted by SByrne24 View Post
...It is 550miles...I'm aiming to do it over 5/6 days, i can currently cycle around 70-80 without any real displeasure...
1. is that 70-80 miles fully loaded? in what weather/terrain?

2. is that 70-80 miles once? or is that a total of 400 miles -- 70-80 miles per
day for 5-6 days straight?


i want to run a marathon next week. i can currently jog about a mile without too much pain.
any training advice?
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Old 11-29-14, 12:49 AM
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Originally Posted by SByrne24 View Post
Hello, im preparing for a Charity cycle in memory of two family members i organised. It is 550miles through Ireland from Country Down to Mayo to Clare ending up in Dublin. I'm aiming to do it over 5/6 days, i can currently cycle around 70-80 without any real displeasure. Bar the obvious pains in certain areas.

I've never cycled that amount of miles continuously, any advice on training would be very helpful and clothing also as I've also struggled to find the best shorts.

Thanks!
If you are young and or fit... 70 miles a day....day after day no problem.
If you are 60 yrs old with questionable knees you can probably do 80 miles but the next day you will pay the price.
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