Joanna Ward

Ten Things I Wish I’d Known Before My First Cycle Live

My Name is Joanna Ward and I am the Principal Transport Planner for Waterman Infrastructure and Environment Ltd.  My job involves getting people to travel more actively and sustainably by walking, cycling and using public transport. I have never owned a car but I do own three bikes!’

I am delighted to have been asked to  be an ambassador for Cycle Live 2019. I really want to encourage people to get involved in cycling. So, whether this is your first large cycling event and you are going to challenge yourself to complete the 25 miles, or you need your next challenge at 50 miles or more, do consider taking part it’s a fantastic day.

I know first hand however, that taking part in a large event can be a scary experience, so with this in mind, I decided to put together my Top 10  things I wish I’d known before my first Cycle Live.

  1. You will be emailed pre-event, your rider information pack link, don’t ignore it!  Please download it as this contains lots of key information about the ride. Make sure you also read it!
  2. It’s a good idea to check your bike before you set out. Also do try to get into the habit of doing an  M check  before every ride. A periodic bike service is always a good idea to keep everything in working order.
  3. Check the weather and dress appropriately. It’s awful being stuck miles into your ride without a rain coat or sun cream right when you need it!
  4. It’s so much more fun riding with friends – find some friends to do the ride with !
  5. It’s a good idea to make sure you have some cash with you to buy an ice cream or cake at the feed stations – we all know ‘cake’ is the main reason we cycle.
  6. It’s a really important to ensure you have enough fluids with you, so taking a drink with you is a must.
  7. If you have a problem with your bike on the route, people will stop and help you. Cycle live participants are a friendly helpful lot. In addition there are  bike mechanics at every feed station. If you have a real mechanical problem before you reach a feed station you can call the number on the back of your bib and a member of the support team will come out to you. Be sure to put the number in your mobile phone.
  8. It’s a good idea to try out any new clothing before the day; new shoes, t-shirt and especially pants. Ill fitting items can all make for a painful journey whatever distance you’ve signed up for.
  9. You don’t have to be fast – find a pace that suits you and anyone you are cycling with.
  10. Enjoy the ride, whatever mileage you have signed up for, make sure you are smiling as you cross the finish line, you have a lot to be proud of.

I’d love to see you on the day so please do join us if you can.

Joanna