Brexit may be coming………
But this is not a reason to stop riding in Europe!!!! After Paul’s London to Paris last weekend (in which the team did fantastically well raising funds for Five Acre Wood School) and my recent three day cycle through Holland, Germany, Belgium and France we are huge fans of the way cycling is done on the continent!!
Now the World Cup is over and we are well and truly in to the Tour de France what better time to think about a big road trip to Europe.
What do you need?
There are two main ways of touring, firstly like Paul’s 24 hour Paris ride where they had a support vehicle every 40 miles, carrying kit and spares leaving the bike a little on the lighter side. Secondly, like my trip where you carry everything you need and go totally unsupported.
Keeping kit to a minimum.
If you want to stay a little sleeker and not have panniers ruin your road bike then large saddle packs (as below) are the way to go, with around about 15 litres of space you can fit a fair amount of kit in to keep you going. Adding a frame or a handle bar bag can give you a little more space if you are struggling!
**In store luggage offers**
How to travel?
Getting on a ferry with only you and your bike is easy, you are also the first to load so getting to the front of the bar queue is a breeze!! (a large Leffe for Paul then!!!). Overnight ferries are great as you can get a decent nights sleep and a good fry up before you cycle straight off the next day and start your cycling nice and early. I used the overnight ferry from Harwich to The Hock of Holland and Paul went from Newhaven to Dieppe, you can also use the sorter routes from places like Dover and Portsmouth.
If you want to go further afield by flying, we do have a bike box for hire, £10 a day!
Don’t get lost!
Route planning these days in made very easy with some great computers available with online route mapping and GPS tracking facilities. We currently stock the Wahoo Elemnt at £250 and the Wahoo Bolt at £200.
A big thanks to our work experience girl Ella for all her hard work this week (and for being tidier than Tom), she too has good experience of racing in Europe and agrees Brexit shouldn’t necessarily mean “Cycling Brexit!!!”
Thanks for reading and we would love to hear your comments!
Cheers Graham (I’m the newest member of the Senacre Team and can be seen in the shop on Fridays and above with the big red helmet!)