A girls guide to cycle touring: Part 1

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So my name is Alex, I and my partner are planning to cycle 5500 miles across America’s vast space heading west ‘like the pioneers’. We have been scrimping and saving for years for this trip and now the time is finally here I am not totally sure what I have signed up to. We are leaving our cosy, comfortable and dry home to live in a 2/1 metre tent (shared with a 6ft male) and cycle 55+ miles per day
I have decided to compile my own problem list with resolutions, with what I would assume most ladies worry about prior to their own personal trip. These will be reviewed along the journey.

May Day Ride

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Who would have thought it…a UK bank holiday and no rain clouds in sight!
With sun cream, shades and full water bottles we headed out in the late morning sun of the early May bank holiday for one of the largest group ride of the year so far! The team consisted of Andy (singlespeed 42/16), Lex (tourer), Ben (fixed 44/16), Cliff (fixed 42/16), Luke (fixed 42/16), Meg (road), Will (road) and Kayleigh (shiny new BMC road bike).
We had a lovely 40 miler planned, which would start by taking us out of Southsea via the Easton Rd up through Havant and onwards to Rowland’s Castle.