How fit do I need to be?
You will cycle between 30-40 miles per day. On an e-bike, on full motor assistance, hills are flattened and exhaustion minimised. However, it is important to train, as you will be in the saddle for 4 days straight.
How much training is required?
We recommend you ease yourself into training and familiarise yourself with long distance cycling. The sooner you start the better. We have a 9 month training programme, as well as a 6 month and 3 month. The shorter the programme, the more intensive and demanding the training schedule. If you have a busy work/ life, we advise you start training as soon as possible, starting with weekend rides. E-Flow Riders club training is every Sunday, 11am, in and around Kent. Please check our website.
Do I have to ride an e-bike?
No, but the majority will be on electric bikes, so you'll need to be fitter than most. If you choose this route please be sure you start training well in advance.
Can I do it within a relay team?
Yes, teams of 2 or 4 are welcome. Either splitting the days or sharing the mileage.
Do I need a mountain bike?
No, not necessarily. At different intervals the group will split. Group A will take the fire roads/cycles paths. Group B will take the off road/singletrack (equivalent to a RED graded trails). Those in Group A will be fine on hybrid or commuter bike. Those in Group B will need a hardtail or full suspension mountain bike.
What do I need to bring?
You will need to wear the appropriate cycling gear for comfort and safety. Helmets, wet weather gear and closed shoes are mandatory for all riders. We recommend you wear padded cycling shorts or trousers, as well as gloves and eyewear. We urge all mountain bikers to wear knee and elbow pads on descents.
What happens if my bike or me is struggling on the day?
We have a trained mechanic for any mechanical problems on the way. We also have a support van if anyone isn't feeling well or wants to opt out for the day.
Is there qualified guide & first aid?
Yes, both A and B Groups have a qualified guide who is first aid trained.