LONDON-PARIS Group 4 – Words of advice from the HotChillee Ride Captains | HOTCHILLEE

LONDON-PARIS Group 4 – Words of advice from the HotChillee Ride Captains

Group 4

 

Hello Group 4 Riders, my name is Rachel and I am a long-standing Ride Captain with HotChillee.

 

Thank you for choosing to ride in Group 4! If you’re new to all this, I can tell you it’s a very sociable group who work hard as a team and strive for everyone to get from the experience what they came for and I look forward to meeting you!

 

If you have ridden London-Paris, or any other events with us before, it’s great to have you back. You will already know most of the below but for those of you who are new, please read through and I hope that you will find some of it helpful! If you are not yet known to our family, and are perhaps even new to cycling, then after reading this you will have a better idea of how to prepare for, and what to expect on a HotChillee event.

 

I have been riding for 15 years and when I first started, HotChillee were there promoting women’s cycling and inclusive group cycling and I am proud to still be part of a team that continues to bring those values to an event like the LONDON-PARIS. Over the 3 days you will experience many things both physically and emotionally. In Paris you will, I am sure have a sense of achievement that is unique to this event. I still get it and this will be my 12th LONDON-PARIS! The HotChillee Ride Captains to be there all the way with words of wisdom, your safety and most of all your enjoyment at the forefront of their minds, as after all for many this is truly is a once in a lifetime experience that we’re lucky enough to do every year!

 

On the road, each group is headed by a Lead Car and a Ride Captain, with the main body of the peloton supported middle and rear by an additional three Ride Captains and a mechanics van. This convey is flanked by Motorbike outriders, who control traffic at the junctions and prevent cars from infringing in our ‘safe zone’.  In the UK we obey the usual rules of the road, but in France, the moto’s have authority over the traffic and we flow continually, only stopping at pre-designated points for a comfort break and to top up with water. For this to work well it is therefore essential that we ride together in a tight-knit group, and this is why we ask you to sign up to a specific speed group.

 

HotChillee groups are designated Race / Ride / Conquer. In G4, we are at most definitely at the Ride & Conquer end of the scale. Our first aim is to get to the start of the event, fit, healthy, well prepared and uninjured. Sounds easy eh? But believe me, there are a heck of a lot of considerations to reach this level before we even put rubber to tarmac on July 25th.  Our fundamental purpose is to keep pedalling, again and again and again. For most of G4, it will be a mixture of easy miles on the wheels and painful miles when you just can’t seem to find your mojo. When riding in a large group safety and efficiency are key. There is nothing like practice so if you have the opportunity to ride in groups in your build up to L2P take it.

 

What do you need to know:

 

Long rides – build the distance & repeat

Get your equipment right

Food

Train to your weaknesses

 

I look forward to seeing you in July, if not before! If you have any questions in the meantime please feel free to drop me a message or contact our Head Ride Captain Juliette – Juliette@hotchillee.com

 

Safe Miles,

 

Rachel.