Night riding is becoming more and more popular. So what’s the attraction and how best to approach a night ride?
Top 3 Tips - How to Prepare for Urban Night Riding
- Don’t forget that it is a challenging ride. It’s too easy to get fixated on the night aspect and forget that 100km in a city is a good long pedal, so train mainly as you would for any similar ride. Get out in the dark, it’s best if riding with lights and night time traffic isn’t experienced for the first time on the event.
- The kit is important, to see and be seen, and to ride in comfort. Lights need to be good enough for well-lit urban roads. Make sure that your lights are legal and bright. Bring spare batteries. Don’t forget reflectors – front and back, pedals if possible – keep them all clean and pointed in the right directions.
- Clothing needs to be appropriate (check the weather forecast, nights can be chilly) and both bright and reflective. Nightrider™ is in early June, so for most riders the route is ridden partially in the dark (reflective needed) and partially during and after dawn (bright/hi viz).
Nightrider™ is the original London mass participation 100km charity night ride. This year the Olympic Park and Velodrome will feature for the first time plus all the usual iconic sights - deserted City of London, the bright lights of Canary Wharf, dawn over the Houses of Parliament, the buzz of Piccadilly Circus...and much more.
Win a Place on Nightrider™ London 2014
We have 10 Nightrider™ places up for grabs! Just answer the following question and email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 April 2014:
Question: How far is the Nightrider™ route?
By entering the competition you agree that the organisers Classic Tours may contact you by email about their charity challenges. They will not pass your details to any third parties. The draw will be made at random on 15 April 2014. Winners will be notified by email.
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