Suggested tips to riding bush trails

1. Be prepared - take bike spares, first aid kit, EPIRB if you have one, water, sunscreen etc.

2. You are most probably more dehydrated than you realise. Drink up when you get the chance. A 2% loss of fluids causes a lethargy and makes riding a lot harder.

3. Eat regularly. Avoid big meals, but have smaller meals often. Sure, grab a huge lunch when in a town, but eat half now and half later. You will feel sluggish if you over eat.

4. Remember when you saw the last trail marker. It maybe over 6 km between them.

5. Wear sunscreen, a helmet, gloves and decent shoes

6. Make sure you have a fully charged phone with you when you are on the Trail . In the event of an emergency, try to call 112, which may be able to contact emergency services even without service coverage.

7. Make sure you ride with someone else, or that someone is aware of your route and estimated arrival time

8. Top up your food, water and power (phones, cameras etc) when you can. You may get to the next place and not be able to get what you were expecting. However, do not carry so much back up stuff it slows you down.

9. Don't be a hero on hills. Don't go into the "red zone" riding up them - you still have a lot more riding to do today. It's the same coming down them. A small awkward fall could mean pulling out of the rest of the trip, and spoiling your mates ride as well. A short up hill walk stretches the back and legs and makes a nice change of position anyway.

10. Make it a journey, not a destination. When you plan to ride from A to B over a set time, you become a slave to a schedule and the end is your goal. You have to focus on keeping to your time table, getting the kilometres up, and have no time to explore, relax or enjoy. When it is a journey, you have flexibility, a more easy going attitude and are more open to explore. I see a lot of riders who ride a lot, but don't actually see much apart from 5 metres of the trail in front of them.

Disclaimers

The information provided is made available in good faith and is believed to be reliable and accurate. However, the information is provided solely on the basis that riders will be responsible for making their own assessment of the information provided.

These are all my photos and video so please do not use them elsewhere without my permission. Likewise the diary, statistics and route sheets are my own work - please do not use it else where.

If you intend riding on the roads, make sure you are very visible to vehicles coming behind you. Wear bright clothing or a hi vis vest and put on a very bright rear tail light. Ride predictably and stay very aware, especially if you are tired.

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