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Duration: 4 x 3 1/2 hours, max 6 participants, the use of a bicycle is mandatory for this workshop. We do recommend the use of a touring or gravel bike!

General information: You MUST have a bicycle that is in good working condition. If your bike is not in at least reasonable working condition or if you do not have a bike or an electric bicycle available at all, you can book a rental bike or e-bike from LA VUELTA DEL MUNDO for the day of the workshop.

Why is this workshop a good investment?

This workshop offers significant benefits in terms of cost savings and streamlining the trip, both administratively (handling visas, transport tickets, planning, etc.) and technically (bike-related aspects). It equips participants to proactively address various eventualities, including potential issues like corruption, crime, accidents, etc., which can be particularly challenging and costly when encountered overseas.

The two-day course is specifically designed for participants planning long-term trips or bike expeditions (e.g., the Silk Road or the Panamericana) or those seeking to enhance their knowledge of cycle touring. Special emphasis is given to developing problem-solving skills to foster greater autonomy during the journey.

1. Help choosing the right equipment (before you leave home!)

  • Selecting quality equipment suitable for touring or bike packing to ensure better value for your money.

  • Providing a comprehensive list of essential items, tools, and spare parts to take on your trip.

  • Assisting in choosing a suitable airline or means of transport to save time and money (maximizing benefits while minimizing unnecessary expenses related to the workshop).


2. Bike and equipment how-to:

  • Demonstrating how to re-assemble your bike after it has been packed for transport.

  • Personalizing and adjusting your bike setup for maximum efficiency and comfort (to prevent discomfort in areas like bums, wrists, neck, and knees).

  • Teaching essential bike repairs, including puncture fixing, tire changing, brake adjustments, chain and spoke replacement, and more.

  • Maintaining and servicing your bike and equipment during the journey.

  • Equipping you with skills for makeshift repairs in remote areas until you can visit a bike mechanic.


3. First Aid:

  • Securing accident locations for effective intervention.

  • Introduction to first aid apps on cell phones or tablets.

  • Emergency contact numbers and useful apps.


4. Training and physical condition:

  • Building confidence in physical abilities if needed.

  • Planning journeys to improve fitness.

  • Organizing training sessions, including basic fitness, peak efforts, and recovery strategies.

  • Teaching how to embrace effort and handle physical challenges.


5. Riding a touring bike, health, and safety:

  • Ensuring secure storage of your bike and gear to prevent theft.

  • Encouraging enjoyment of riding a loaded bike for long durations.

  • Learning efficient techniques for climbing and descending with a loaded bike.

  • Riding safely in diverse weather conditions.

  • Preventing muscle strains and injuries.

  • Navigating safely in large cities, particularly Metro/Megapolitan areas.


6. Nutrition how-to:

  • Understanding the right food types and quantities required for cycle touring and maintaining good health.

  • Staying adequately hydrated.

  • Preventing and dealing with hypoglycemia.

  • Managing weight (losing or gaining) along the way.


7. Navigation how-to:

  • Effectively using smartphones or maps to find cycle paths or quiet roads.

  • Planning trips and creating achievable itineraries.

  • Identifying roads with minimal traffic, considering factors like distance, climbs, and weather conditions.


8. Cultural awareness, local tips, and cost-saving ideas how-to:

  • Overcoming language barriers to avoid paying exorbitant prices for services in English-speaking places.

  • Understanding relevant cultural awareness unique to each region.

  • Finding accommodation according to your budget.

  • Locating suitable food options for cycling in local shops or restaurants (avoiding a month of fast food).

  • Utilizing cycle touring networks and organizations along the route.

  • Sharing helpful tips gathered during our travels to enhance your experience while saving money and time.


9. What are the potential risks and how to deal with them


Please note: Hazards can happen; abroad as much as at home. It is important to be aware of such risks and to act in a way to prevent them occuring so if something happens out of the blue its always good to know the best way to deal with a problem before it occurs.


  • Raising awareness of potential hazards that can occur both abroad and at home.

  • Providing information about common risks, such as scams, corruption, prostitution, theft, accidents, etc.

  • Offering strategies for prevention and avoidance of hazards.

  • Guiding participants on appropriate behavior in tricky situations.

  • Advising on actions to avoid and emergency phone numbers to call in case of theft or loss of essential documents.


10. Camping:

  • Informing about legal allowances for free camping.

  • Sharing tips on finding suitable locations for free camping.

  • Addressing hazards related to weather, animals, diseases, and erosion on slopes.

  • Providing information on space-saving and lightweight camping equipment.


11. Ride Along:

  • Conducting a 20-50 km group ride over the 2-day workshop to simulate a true cycle touring day (the distance can be adjusted based on fitness levels and conditions).

  • Dividing the distance into stages to ensure a manageable experience for participants.


Appropriate Nutrition
Train Effectively
Choosing a suitable airline
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