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How to prepare for a grand fondo

Tips to prepare, to endure and to enjoy long distance cycling

May 29, 2019 -

This week I took my bike for a long distance (211KM) ride around the Dutch Markermeer, solo! Unlike participating in an organised event with service, support and company along the way, going solo requires a different preparation, mindset and planning. Read along for some practical tips for long distance cycling.

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Around the Markermeer, through the former Dutch
Around the Markermeer, through the former Dutch "Zuider Zee"
Harbour in Marken
Harbour in Marken
Cycling underneath a tall ship!
Cycling underneath a tall ship!
Oostvaardersplassen near Lelystad
Oostvaardersplassen near Lelystad
Wind blowing strongly over the water with Amsterdam on the horizon, as seen from Almere
Wind blowing strongly over the water with Amsterdam on the horizon, as seen from Almere
Just you and the road ahead (Zeedijk near Marken)
Just you and the road ahead (Zeedijk near Marken)

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