The joy of cycling travel – or not, as the case may be
Is putting your bike in a box the most stressful thing a cyclist can do? Breaking your hard-earned pride and joy into pieces, putting these into a case and handing it over to a baggage handler is the most gut wrenching thing I’ve had to do as a cyclist.
I’m heading off to ride the HotChillee 2013 Alpine Challenge, a three day event based out of the French Alpine town of Annecy. Having ridden the HotChillee London to Paris event earlier in the year I know I’m in excellent hands and that all I will need to do in the next few days is relax and ride.
But I’ll confess I’m a bit a worrier and I’ve spent a lot of time laying awake thinking that this is a foolish endeavour for a man of my advancing years. Studying the route profiles hasn’t relaxed me, as the ride takes in a number of cols that regularly feature at the Tour de France. But I’ve trained as much I was ever going to, lost a bit of weight, upgraded and lightened my bike to the extent my budget and blagging skills would allow.
However, having to take my bike apart and put it in an albeit sturdy hard case was almost enough to tip me over the edge. I watched the ‘how to pack a bike box video’ over and over again and I’ve used more foam, bubble wrap, towels and pipe lagging as protection than should be possible but I’m still convinced that what will emerge at Geneva airport will be shards of carbon fibre and paint chips…
Richard Schofield, Cycling Plus
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