10 Tips for Skelly400 Success
Your SKELLY400 challenge awaits! Here are 10 tips to ensure you give yourself the best chance of completion;
1. Prepare kit the night before a morning ride (especially if kit is sodden!) Your full range of kit will be used during Skelly400 and your washing machine will be working overtime.
2. Your bike(s) need to be in very good working order. Giving your bike a wash every weekend, with some fresh lube and grease, will decrease the risk of a mechanical ending your challenge. Spin the tyres after each ride to clear out any debris that has lodged in.
3. Charge your lights! Day or Night, its a good idea to use lights. A moment of forgetfulness can quash a ride that you’ve otherwise prepared well for. Don’t forget to charge your GPS too. Make charging a habit after each ride. Running out of GPS juice during a ride is a meltdown moment!
4. Plan. Put all your rides in your calendar. Will you ride before work? After? Or are you commuting? However you are doing your miles, ensure they are in your diary. Life gets in the way otherwise and you’ll find the hours in day the diminishing quickly.
5. Prepare your family, friends and colleagues. If the people in your life know you’re taking on this challenge, you’ll get some flex when you need it. And you will at some point!
6. Emergency pack. Have all your tools, tubes, gas (and inflator), levers, phone etc in a single pack or saddle bag that you can take easily on every ride and interchange easily if you’re switching bikes.
7. Which bike? Talking of bikes, if it’s sub zero (last year, many rides were done in temps as low as -10) a road bike is bad choice. A mountain bike, hybrid or cross bike, that has larger tyres, can provide more options for an icy ride. Tow paths, bridleways, fire roads are all great options for your miles. If you only have one bike, it might be worth putting on the biggest and strongest tyres possible.
8. Create a go-to route. Some days you’ll just need to bash out the miles in the most efficient way possible. Having a route that you know is bang on 10 miles will be very useful on some days.
9. Do your century ride with a friend or in a group. ‘The big one’ is a feat at any time of year, let alone during this challenge. Moral support can make this ride less painful and you’ll be thankful for the company after so many solo rides.
10. Stop to take a Skelfie! This is a massive challenge. Bookmark some memories with some photos of your experience and share in your social feeds. This will only help with your fundraising efforts as your followers will be aware of your extraordinary efforts.
Skelly rounded up his friends, family and colleagues for a fiver each, maximum, for O2e. Who can say no to that?
Good luck and thanks for taking part! We’re ordinary people doing an extraordinary challenge. Enjoy and stay safe.
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