After doing the festive 500 and reflecting on where my training has slowly been gravitating towards (I’m one of those people who loves a good 2-3 hour trainer ride), I am thinking of getting into long distance cycling. However, googling around leads me to many random forums and not many great places of centralized discussion about people’s experiences, tips, tricks, and bike setups.
Why don’t we use this topic to discuss anything and everything related to long distance cycling. Would love to see the bike setups, experiences, and thoughts of other TR users who focus on long, non-competitive distance cycling.
To start off, perhaps people talk about what got them into long distance cycling, what setups they use, and just anything that comes to mind when thinking about it.
Edit: Will add annotations here since it appears theres a lot of lingo that many may not know
PBP: Paris - Brest - Paris: 1,200km long distance cycling event. Started in 1891 and is considered to be one of the most prestigious long distance cycling events in the calendar.
LEL: London-Edinburgh-London: 1,500km long distance event in the UK. Started in 1894 and happens every 4 years. Another one of the prestigious long distance events one can ride
TCR: Transcontinental Race: According to them: “The Transcontinental Race is the definitive self-supported bicycle race across Europe”. The race is roughly 4000km with set control points but no clear map of how to get there. It is also a competitive race but many take it as an Audax.