Make the most of going solo

While lockdown restrictions have been eased in England, riding as a pair, two metres apart isn't always possible. And for those in Wales and Scotland lone riding is still the only option. It might seem lonely, but it also opens up opportunities. Hannah Reynolds looked in to the benefits.

(Image credit: Russ Ellis)

Though you might enjoy riding solo under normal circumstances and spend a large part of your training – through choice or necessity – on your own, it feels different when it’s compulsory.

Many of us are missing the buzz of competition, whether racing or just sprinting mates for a town sign, as well as the sociability and chat of group rides. Even so, enforced solo riding offers some real benefits – and I want to explore how to make the most of them.

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.