what to bring; how to train

Prepare for GLAUDAX!

What to bring:

  • your bike (we do not offer cycle hire). We advise a lightweight road, touring or audax or gravel bike with a good range of gears for the climbing and sturdy wheels and tyres for the remote, quiet lanes with occasional sketchy road surfaces and unsurfaced sections. Please ensure it is thoroughly serviced: new tyres, brake blocks/pads and cables are strongly recommended.

  • one overnight bag for us to carry in the van, ideally an airline style bag or holdall measuring no more than 60 x 40 x 30 cm

  • one small day bag which we'll also take in the van (you will have access to this bag when we meet you occasionally on the road)

What to carry on the bike...

  • GPS device – please ensure your device has a long battery life or bring a cache battery so you can recharge on the move

  • two spare inner tubes

  • puncture kit & tyre levers

  • multi-tool

  • pump

  • lightweight lock

  • two water bottles

  • back and front lights (in case of low visibility in poor weather)

...and in your back pockets

  • snacks – gels, bananas, flapjack etc.

  • cash & credit/debit cards

  • gilet & lightweight waterproof; arm & leg warmers – be prepared for the possibility of poor weather, especially in the more remote mountainous sections of the route where the weather can deteriorate rapidly and unexpectedly

Don't forget to bring...

  • base layers – short & long sleeve (see note above)

  • cycling shoes and/or sandals

  • helmet and/or cycling cap

  • cycling glasses with interchangeable lenses

  • cycling gloves & mitts

  • neck snood or buff

What to pack in your overnight bag

  • clothes and shoes for evening wear

  • some changes of cycling kit

  • more spare inner tubes

  • bottle of chain lube

 

How to prepare

  • get the bike thoroughly serviced – ensure it has sturdy new tyres suitable for touring, plenty of wear left on brake pads/blocks, drivetrain and all cables in good condition

  • load onto your GPS device the daily routes that we will send you

  • ensure your GPS device has adequate battery life (up to 10 hours) or bring a cache battery so you can recharge as you go

  • download the ridewithgps app onto your phone and pin or copy across the daily routes (this will be your back-up on the road)

  • if you are a belt & braces type, you can highlight the route in a large scale motoring atlas and bring the relevant pages with you on the Tour

  • we will provide a road-book and pdf copies of the daily route maps

  • please ensure that you have adequate insurance cover. We are affiliated to Yellow Jersey Bicycle Insurance, with a 10% discount to Glaudax riders. For further information see "Do I need insurance?" on the FAQ page.

How to train

  • Ride, ride, ride...

  • then ride some more!

You need a good level of cycle fitness to enjoy Glaudax as it's long-distance and some of our tours are very hilly. You should be capable of comfortably riding 130-160 km (80-100 miles) on a moderately hilly route at an average 20 km/h (12 mph) excluding stops. Our daily distances are less than that (apart from some days on the 8-day Land's End Tour) but you will need to rest and recover several nights running so you can do the same again the following day. Our Tours are challenging for any cyclist, but will be no fun if you are not fit enough.

 

We suggest that you train two or three times a week on a mix of flat and hilly routes – one or two brisk-paced rides of up to 80 km, and a longer ride perhaps at the weekend of up to 160 km. If you have never ridden long-distance two days running, give it a go, and if you wake up on the third day wanting more you'll know that Glaudax is for you!

 

If you have any doubts about your fitness for Glaudax, please contact us to discuss.