I wrote a blog earlier this year about why join us on our Beginner’s Holidays. Having had a summer of cycling, built up the miles in my legs and enjoyed the social side that cycling brings, I now look at our Beginner’s Holidays with different eyes.
When I went on our Lanzarote Beginner’s Week in April I was a ‘true’ beginner. With very few miles in my legs, very little experience on the bike, and my longest ride being 25miles - I was a beginner and I was extremely nervous going on it. That said, I loved it! And it filled me with the desire to continue cycling, which I did!
Have you considered going on a Beginner’s Cycling Holiday, but talked yourself out of it?
When Paul suggested I go on one of our Beginner’s Cycling Holiday, I was petrified! These were the reasons why I didn’t want to go:
1. I’m a beginner – I haven’t done much cycling before.
2. I’ve never ridden in a group before.
3. I don’t have confidence at going down hills.
4. I find going up hills tough!
5. I don’t have much knowledge about cycling and how to do it right!
When Paul (my husband and co-founder of mollydoo.com) talks about cycling, he does so with such passion and excitement, and I never quite got it...that is, until now!
I've read your responses to my FB posts, and truly 'get' how you all feel about being out on the road and turning those pedals.
My transformation really began this year after my Lanzarote Beginner's Week. I didn't want the rides to end and couldn't wait to get back on my bike at home. But more than anything else, I wanted to continue to ride with like-minded people and share that excitement.
It took me a long time to finally give in to cycling! For years I’d watched my husband, Paul, enjoy the benefits this sport gave him; the enjoyment he got out of it and the friends he’d made. In aid of charity, he and his friends had done crazy challenges on the bike and tested themselves to the limit.
The changing factor for me came when my father passed away. Riding for me is a way of remembering and a way of not forgetting. It helps clear my mind and helps my soul. It also allows me to eat chocolate and cake!
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.
The next part of my journey was to buy some kit. Most cyclists get excited about this (my husband included) but not me! I’m not bothered about labels or designer stuff. In fact, I like a bargain! I wanted to find kit that I felt comfortable in and looked halfway decent in.
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.