For Cycling in Sri Lanka
- Rain ahead on endurance and strength to help you ride 120KM– 150 KM per day.
- Be patient as there are some countryside roads that have no direction signs. Your ride marshals’ will assist you and the locals are always helpful when looking for directions.
- Decide on the right bike model, which is a road bike which fits you well for an efficient and comfortable ride, and a mountain bike for off road sections
- Keep sipping water. It can get really hot and humid. No need to overload since there will always be backup riding alongside the riders.
- Plan your ride nutrition well for energy & hydration. Failing to do so could even result in having to discontinue the ride.
- Sri Lanka is a tropical country with average temperature of 30 C° - 33 C° and relative humidity of 60 – 65%. Chances of sunburn are high, hence apply good sunscreen minimize the sun burns.
- Things you should consider bringing along: Helmet , front & back lights, water bottles, gloves, waterproof cover/bag, lightweight rain jacket, sunglasses, sun cream, a camera.
- It’s okay to glance down at your bottle of water before grabbing or replacing it, but keep your eyes on the road as you reach. Don’t tilt your head to get the water into your mouth, tilt the bottle. You never know what or who you may encounter on the roads so always keep an eye out.
- To avoid muscle soreness and fatigue, don't hunch your shoulders. Tilt your head every few minutes to stave off tight neck muscles. Better yet: Stop to admire the scenery!
- Practice group riding (riding in a peloton, using hand signals and to avoid half wheeling)