Now some, if not all of this may be common sense; but it does no harm to think about these things before settling off. As such, my top tips and things to think about are as follows:
- Kit – a 1000 miles in 24 hours is a feat of endurance. Make sure you have decent and comfortable and warm kit. You are going to have to be sitting in it for 24 hours and something that usually niggles at you for the odd 50 miles is seriously going to aggravate you over 24 hours. Remember, it may be warm when you set off in the morning but don’t forget you will be riding into the night. So whilst the summer sports gloves may look good, they may not be quite so “cool” at 3am in the morning.
- Bike – Your bike is going to run pretty much non stop for 24 hours. Make sure it is in good condition and fit for this task. Do all the usual checks i.e checking and lubricating the chain, check the brakes, check the oil level etc. Whilst it sounds like common sense, it is surprising how many people do not do this. You need your bike in perfect working order for this challenge.
- Breakdown cover – Now I am naturally a man that does not like spending money on unnecessary things. However, I am recommending you have breakdown cover. It is a necessity in my opinion!!! This is from a man that broke down in Scotland last year when a stone hit my oil cooler. It was game over and I was thankful for the breakdown cover, even if I did have to ride back in a truck with a man called Angus. I was told it would have cost over £1000.00 to get back down to the South!!!! Therefore £50.00 or so is a prudent move for peace of mind.
- Food and water – I would suggest a stash of sugary snacks for a energy hit when you may be feeling a little low. Its amazing how this can help. Water for the system is also a must.
- Rest – Whilst I know the aim is 1000 miles in 24 hours, it’s not the end of the world if you do not make it in that time. Yes you might get a little ribbing from your mates, but it’s better to get home safe and sound. If you feel tired, stop and rest. Simple as that. If available, pull over at a service station, grab a coffee or have a sleep.
If anyone else has any top tips then feel free to email in and we can put it up on our website.
Andrew Prendergast a.k.a Chef