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Top Tips for Tackling Long Distance Bicycle Rides

Apr. 20, 2023 -

In preparation for this year’s Fietselfstedentocht (236KM), I took my bike and set out for an adventurous ride through half of the Netherlands. It was my first long distance ride after being infected with COVID. If you're considering a long-distance ride yourself, be sure to read along to discover invaluable tips and tricks from my experience.

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My heart rate during the 10 hour ride from Amsterdam to Hegelsom: note how I kept my heart rate relatively low during the first few hours!
My heart rate during the 10 hour ride from Amsterdam to Hegelsom: note how I kept my heart rate relatively low during the first few hours!
Follow road signs or use a GPS navigation system - whatever you do, make sure you have some idea where you're going
Follow road signs or use a GPS navigation system - whatever you do, make sure you have some idea where you're going
Last year's Fietselfstedentocht was an epic ride with my brother - a gruesome edition with plenty of storm and rain!
Last year's Fietselfstedentocht was an epic ride with my brother - a gruesome edition with plenty of storm and rain!
My completed Fietselfstedentocht 2022 stamp card - note how the edges have been through bad weather...
My completed Fietselfstedentocht 2022 stamp card - note how the edges have been through bad weather...
Maasduinen National Park in Limburg
Maasduinen National Park in Limburg
Crossing the last bridge into Amsterdam felt like victory.
Crossing the last bridge into Amsterdam felt like victory.

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