FULL ON OUR WRITER PREPARES FOR OCBC CYCLE SINGAPORE, OFF-ROAD
I have to confess I don't cycle on the roads too often. I much prefer off-road trails. Obviously, that will have to change for my race in OCBC Cycle Singapore but, in the mean time, I still find this the best way to train.
I ride almost every weekday. I also run as it gives the riding muscles a break.
For me, off-road biking is not just a way of keeping fit. It's about being close to nature and my pursuit of general peace of mind. Yes, it's a great way to chill.
My favourite trail is Butterfly in Bukit Timah. It is a 5.2km loop, but given the terrain, I only recommend it for intermediate to advanced riders.
If you're confident enough, you can go at it alone; otherwise bring a friend or two. Because of the level of difficulty, this rather short loop can be too much for a first-timer, but once you've familiarised yourself, you'll soon be going round two or three times.
I keep my training duration to about 1.5 to two hours per ride and I can easily cover over 20km in that time.
At the beginning of the week, I start easy and progressively work my way up until the last ride of the week when I push myself to the limit.
I don't ride during weekends, but I'm still with my bike. That time is for basic maintenance and ensuring that all my gear is in top shape.
For every ride I have:
l Padded inner pants
l Cross-country open face helmet
l 2-litre hydration pack
l Spare tubes
l Tyre kit and first-aid kit
l Energy bars
l Bike computer
l Smartphone (with waterproof case)
l Some cash
l A fully charged optional bluetooth speaker for music (if I'm riding alone).
Yes. I love my equipment as much as my bike. To read more about the equipment and what you will need for off-roading, follow my blog at tnp.sg