Giles Reid, Palace to Palace participant

Giles Reid, Sales Director at Capita is very excited that Capita are the headline sponsor for our Palace to Palace cycle ride this year, being a keen cyclist himself. We caught up with him to find out how he's been getting on with his training.

Have you done Palace to Palace before?

I’ve not done Palace to Palace before, but I have done other long distance events. I’m doing the 90 miler!

90 miles is a tough distance for me – I will ensure that I keep a steady pace and enjoy the experience rather than go for speed!

Why are you taking part in Palace to Palace?

The Palace to Palace cycle ride gives me a good excuse to get out cycling to improve my fitness, but more honestly, the training enables me to take two hours out to grab a quiet double espresso on the weekend!

You’re a keen cyclist. Can you tell us a bit about your cycling experiences and training?

I usually manage to get two cycles in per week. I aim to go cycling early, so as not to disrupt the day and that means I can sometimes fit in an hour’s cycle during the week before work too.

Usually I find that less than 20 miles doesn't feel worth the effort, but over 30 miles hurts! I find the last few miles the hardest to complete, so keeping energy up is a key focus.

What is your favourite snack to take out on training rides?

Waitrose wine gums are my favourite. On cycle to Paris I lived off chocolate eclairs!

Do you have a favourite pre-ride meal?

My preferred choice is spicy pesto pasta with broccoli, which seems to provide a good mix of nutrients that helps with the slow release of energy. I keep lots of jars of pesto in the larder!

If you could choose one person as a dream cycling partner, who would you choose?

I'd love to cycle with Prince Harry, as he'd have some good tales to share, that would keep me going through the miles!

Any top tips for our other Palace to Palace riders?

Enjoy the experience, and soak up the views as the route goes through some amazing parts of the South East.