With just one day to go until the much-anticipated World’s Biggest Property Bike Ride 2018, it’s time to put that training to the test and Rachele Pacifici, senior project manager at CBRE talks through her final preparations.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve tried to squeeze in as much time in the saddle as possible; my bike is my primary method of transportation around London which can help me rack up to 15 miles a day. On weekends I’ll usually head out to Essex or the Surrey Hills for a lengthier training session accompanied by some gorgeous scenery. Creating some variety in your training schedule is a great motivator. Another way I train and practice is by riding in other events. I have just completed the CBRE EMEA Charity Bike Ride in Spain, which was terrific practice for this upcoming ride.
Here are a couple of tips for anyone looking to take part. Utilise London; there are many great parks which you can use to do laps of for some basic training, some good ones are Richmond Park, Victoria Park and Regents Park, each of these provide an excellent track for quickly clocking up some miles. It is also important to vary your routine, be that the terrain or scenery.
While cycling solo can be more relaxed, cycling in a group of friends or with other riders can help you to push yourself, it can also make training more fun and motivating. Cycling is a sport in which your kit can significantly improve your performance and comfort, so I would recommend maybe treating yourself to a couple of luxury pieces of gear to providing optimum comfort on the big day.
Admittedly – I’m a bit of a cycling fanatic, but this is a great event for cyclers of varying abilities and it is a great way to test your own ability. There are many groups, all cycling at different paces, and plenty of novices to ride with. There are even stops for cake! It’s it also creates a good opportunity to challenge yourself, as well as an excellent ride for gathering some speed and adrenaline going down some of those big hills.
However, what draws me to the event each year is the fresh environment for meeting new people, you can bond over the sweat and smiles that the day holds. In past rides, I have met new people from CBRE and cross the property sector. We have created some great connections through the miles we have pedalled together.
For me, the icing on the cake for this event is that it is a charitable ride, this year in aid of our new charity partner Action for Children. Although registration for the ride is now closed, all are welcome to come by and cheer on the participants, and relax in the event village and support a worthwhile cause. It’s also never too early to start prepping for next year!