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 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.