The Discover Jamaica by Bike promises a very fulfilling experience as we cycle around the coast of Jamaica and visit some of the hidden gems, frequented by locals. We will be cycling 400 miles and climbing approximately 12000 feet over these enjoyable 6 days. Our tour route is designed to be a bucket list item for all
Day 1 is called The Beautiful Ride, because it takes us through what many consider the most beautiful part of Jamaica. One person commented on a ride once that "this view is anti cancer"
Leaving from the eye stopping parish of Portland (Port Antonio), to the well known Tourist Resort, Ocho Rios, in the parish of St. Ann. This scenic coastal route is 62.7 miles and 2818 feet of elevation. However, the only thing you will notice is the breathtaking beauty around you. But the experience starts from the day before when we descend on Port Antonio and experience the fabulous local cuisine, which was a big hit on our last ride.
Day 3 takes on the famous Spur Tree Challenge....many have tried and some have finished but everyone has said how challenging it is. No doubt the real bragging rights of the tour when finished. The day is just around 80.7 miles but comes in at 4445 feet of elevation and comes after two days of riding and the Spur Tree climb is after riding for 70 miles. So you will want to get a massage in Negril the evening before and relax by the pool or beach before taking on this segment. This route takes us on the South Coast and through the scenic Holland Bamboo and places like Middle Quarters, the home of the delicious peppered shrimp and Claudette's for her world famous curry goat.
Day 4 would normally be an easy day, at just around 60.3 miles, and only 1322 feet of elevation. But watch out for the head winds as we head from Mandeville to Kingston and remember that you have just completed 3 days of riding, 253 miles and over 11500 feet of elevation. So your legs are not the freshest. We will make this final day much easier as we stop for Jerk Chicken and Pork and make a stop at the Coconut vendor to refresh ourselves before heading into New Kingston where we will close out the 4 day tour, and replenish...but as true cyclists we always look forward to the recovery ride.
Quite a few persons have contacted u to say that they want to ride the full 6 days. The challenge they have is that they don't think that they are fit enough to do so, even though they recognize that this is a CYCLING BUCKET LIST item.
With the next 6 DAYS ULTIMATE RIDE being April 30th - May 5th, 2024, it provides a lot of time to prepare for the event. Even if you have not started to ride as yet. There is a lot of time to prepare for a successful completion of the 6 days of cycling in 2024,, and earn well deserved bragging rights.
The following is how you prepare for the event:
1. First ensure that you have the appropriate bicycle. To complete the full 6 days, the fastest bike to do it on is a road bike, But there are some people strong enough to use a commuter or mountain bike.
2. Start riding. You may want to ride alone but it is always best to join a group of persons (best to join a club). Whichever you prefer, it is important to ride as much as you can
3. Have specific goals and practice. So the 6 days ride is 400 miles and 12,000 feet of elevation, over the 6 days. It therefore means that you cannot do 20 mile flat rides, for example, and try to successfully complete it. So design a training plan to build up to it. First get used to riding distances of 80 to 100 miles and then drop in some hills as you get better. If you join a club or have a group that wants to take on a similar challenge then that is best. Don't discount indoor training, such as on Zwift, as they work also.
4. Be consistent and speak to someone who has done a similar ride before. You can speak with us at DJBB about anything you would like to know. For example if you are in Jamaica we can provide information on bicycle blubs and if you are not then we can seek to get information from our network.
If you can't do the full 4 days, either one of the legs are still a great challenge to complete and you will still be able to say you accomplished a lot and had a great time.
Most importantly just come and have fun as you challenge yourself to complete this epic ride, in a beautiful country, with great climate and the local food and accommodation experience.