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Hi All. Well I managed to do it. Parbold Hill. It's amazing the difference a year makes, it was still a struggle but I never felt I wasn't going to reach the top. I'm still not ready for the Alps but hey it's a start. Anyone know the exact gradient of Parbold Hill and also that shorter but seems steeper Bannister Lane ?
Went out for another 60 miler today, Glasson Dock, Garstang. Weather great, not to windy. Took more food with me, Bagel and energy bars. I thought the bagel might lie a bit heavy on the stomach but I felt fine. But the legs are still struggling with the distance. I have sent for a free sample of their gels from otesports that Barry mentioned. They don't have any energy bars at the moment but say they are in the pipeline so to speak.
Graham - check out http://www.otesports.co.uk/ a brand new outfit (they don't even have stock in yet they're that new). Stuff looks good, cheap & there's a LOT of the info you were asking about i.e. what, when, how much etc. I know two of the three guys involved - Shaun runs my Chain Gang & is a member of my bike club. Worth a look at least & cheaper than SIS. (Shaun & Pete both previously worked for SIS - Pete being a founding Director, so they know their stuff OK).
Cheers Barry, Will check those out and see if there are any offers first.
SIS gels are absolutely superb, as are their energy drinks & electrolyte drinks. The bars are OK but quite chewy, but the recovery stuff (Rego) doesn't suit me - I don't like the texture, but other people are OK with it so I guess it's a matter of taste. For recovery, I use "For Goodness Shakes" (Chocolate flavour) which is just like a milk shake & is great! For energy I'm currently trialling High 5 Carb/protein stuff & it seems OK.
Thanks Barry, Any recommendations for energy gels and bars. I quite like the idea of a bagel but thought it might lie heavy on the stomach.
Good carb based breakfast 1st, then energy drink on the bike. One gel every hour, or more frequently if it's a hard ride, and an energy bar/flapjack as an alternative to a gel. Finish off with a banana & flapjack in the last mile or two. If you prefer real food, a bagel with ham & Philly is good. So for 4 hours, for me, 750ml energy drink (keep sipping it, not large mouthfuls), a gel every hour at least, flapjack & banana towards the end. One drink, 3 or 4 gels, one flapjack or energy bar & a banana.
Hi All. Getting out at least 3 times a week now. I went out yesterday up and around Scorton and Longridge a total of 60.2 miles. It was a great day except for the return journey from Longridge to Lytham as the wind was full in the face and very strong. I managed to climb the hill just outside Scorton (Tithe Barn Hill) at 15% in parts. But not as steep as Parbold Hill which is my goal, I will it try again when the weather is warmer ha ha. Having fitted a new saddle and made several adjustments I think I have just about got it right, if this ride is anything to go by. But I am still struggling past 50 miles, the legs just fade away. I made the mistake of not taking enough fuel on board so bonked in the last 15 miles. Question? if you were going out for 4 or 5 hours what food and quantity of (energy bars,gels etc) would you take with you.
I'll be doing a few TT's this season, and going to look at the new track in Knowsley, maybe have a go, if i'm going well
Thanks Pat, That's what I mean. I'm sure I have seen the same somewhere else, but I get bogged down with all the information I find and forget to keep so when I go looking for it again I can't find it. So this time I have put it in my favorites. Are you doing any sportives or TTs ?
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