Riding // Tour of Flanders Sportive
In August this year myself and my wife bought a couple of road bikes, living in Lincolnshire means there isn’t a huge amount of trail riding to be done so we figured it would be a great way to ride a bit more without having to drive to the trails all the time. It’s actually turned out to be really enjoyable! So much so I, along with a group of friends, have entered the Tour Of Flanders (Belgium) sportive of 133km in April ‘14! So this means I really need to start training properly! What started out as just getting fit to ride my MTB’s quicker has turned into a hobby of its own! But they are both great for one another! I’m aiming to start updating this a bit more with my training plans and progress as I find it helps writing things down!
The training has started already but I’ve hit one stumbling block already in that my knee has started to develop a pain on the front knee cap. I’m still riding in my MTB spd’s and five ten shoes and I’m convinced it’s mostly cleat position related, I’ve adjusted the position and it’s helped so first on the list is a set of road shoes and pedals then most importantly a bike fit. This is booked in for 4th January at a local specialist and the geek in me is really excited by it!
"It is important for your bike to fit properly to achieve your optimum performance. the best, most expensive cycle will not achieve results if the ‘fit’ is wrong. Everyone is an individual, therefore the process of bike fitting is individual to your specific dimensions and cycling needs. The wrong fit of a bike can be uncomfortable and at worst cause injury. Making a bike fit involves adjustment to saddle height, stem length and shoe and cleat alignment, this is dependant upon the biomechanics of your body."
I should update the blog after it’s done with my results!
Happy Christmas and I hope you all have a fantastic 2014!