First, it’s good idea to buy the official route guide (plus the guide book). (HAYLEY – PLEASE PUT LINK HERE)
Make sure that you are physically prepared for the C&C by doing some training rides. You don’t have to be Superman to complete it, but, you do need to know that you can manage more than 10 miles on a bike before collapsing. The C&C is suitable for cyclists of all abilities but should be cut into manageable chunks depending on your ability, fitness and inclination. Most people tackle the route over 4 days but lots of people take longer and find that this gives them more time to enjoy the route and surroundings. Those cyclists who are planning to camp along the route should bear in mind that the extra weight of the camping gear will slow them down considerably and this should be taken into account when planning your ride times.
The route can be ridden on most types of bike as long as they are decent nick. Advance booking of your accommodation is vital as there is no guarantee of beds during busy times. Some sections of the route involve riding through exposed, isolated, upland areas so be prepared. Check the weather forecast, take adequate foul weather clothing (i.e. waterproof NOT showerproof, and preferably breathable).
You will need to carry all your personal belongings, clothing, tools etc in panniers (rucksacks are not advisable). If you have friends or family in a support vehicle please ask them to stick to the main roads where possible in order to keep the traffic on Route 1 to a minimum. Some sections require short rides on busy roads.
Do not underestimate the amount of liquid you will need to carry, the norm should be two bottles in the morning and two in the afternoon but more if it’s hot. If you plan to ride road sections late in the day then take some lights with you. Please remember to take a bike lock and use it, even when going into shops or visiting places of interest along the route.