On Saturday, seven Beginners arrived for a week of cycling in Lanzarote!
After an early morning start on Saturday and very little sleep, Sunday was a welcomed rest day and a great opportunity to get to know everyone. As a group we visited Costa Teguise Market and enjoyed eating Tapas in a traditional Spanish Bar. Listening to people’s cycling journeys is really interesting. It’s exciting to see ladies getting into the sport, for all different types of reasons and enjoying it! It really is a sport that brings people together, and anyone can do it. All you need is a bike!
I’ve been out on rides with a number of experienced riders, including one coach. Each gave me different advice – some conflicting. I’ve now found my own way of doing things; a way that seems to work for me. It may not be technically correct, but I’m happy with it. I manage to get up the hills (just) and down the hills (without too much braking!) However, here are some words of wisdom (from those with more experience than me) I repeatedly say to myself when I’m out riding.
Although I began to enjoy riding, I found it quite lonely. The countryside was stunning and the time for me was soul searching and cleansing. However, there’s something about exercising with a friend or a group. So, I set out to find a group. My fitness was at a decent level because of running. I wanted to cycle with a group to learn and become more confident, as well as make friends.
A Beginner’s Journey …
If you’re an experienced rider, you may not want to read any further – although you may want to read and reflect on your past experiences and offer tips and advice based on your own cycling journey. If you’re a beginner or cyclist with little experience, then this blog may be for you.
Whilst most cyclists are comfortable in jumping on an aeroplane and joining a group of riders in a foriegn country, there is growing number of Cyclists who would love to cycle in the warm sun over winter or spring butare not quite comfortable either joining a group. So, why is this, well cycling in a group is often related to a group of riders racing up hills and having confidence to take it in turns and all that cycling etiquette.