So what’s this cycling thing all about?

I think everyone single one of us knows that liberating feeling that comes from having your own 2 wheels. You control where you go, free from constraints, or at least for as long as you have energy in your legs!! Hugo loved this freedom and would often choose to take his bike places instead of using the car, even if it was a couple of hours away.

“Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to cycle and he will realise fishing is stupid and boring.”

Desmond Tutu

Many people have rediscovered the love of cycling during lockdown. Taking it from an occasional thing one might have done on holiday, or riding the odd Boris Bike here and there to a full time hobby. But even with this you may not know what road cycling is all about, or how it can differ from mountain biking, gravel riding or touring. No, not all bikes are made equal!!

GCN’s YouTube channel has loads of useful guides and tips for all abilities.

For Ride4Hugo you will want to be on a road bike. Gravel bikes, mountain bikes and touring bikes are all fun, but for this you want something built for getting you from A-to-B with as little effort and as quickly as possible. This is where the road bike will come up trumps.

“To me, it doesn’t matter whether it’s raining or the sun is shining or whatever: as long as I’m riding a bike I know I’m the luckiest guy in the world.”

Mark Cavendish – World Champion & multiple Tour de France stage winner

Road cycling is a weird and wonderful world, and like all of us you will learn from your own mistakes. Like unclipping before you come to a stop, so you don’t fall over at the traffic lights!! Give this video a watch to see some things you can find out from others’ experiences and avoid their mishaps!!

Hopefully you fall in love with road cycling in the way Hugo did and we hope to see you on the ride. Register your interest here.

We will be posting tips and advice on kit, training and other road cycling bits and bobs. However, we are here to help, so should you have any questions please get in contact on here, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

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