Exploring the backcountry or back roads with your bike is a blast. Packing some extra kit to spend the night makes it even better.
Along with a masochistic yoga session, a pint of beetroot juice and a fresh goat - the consumption of large quantities of food is one of Ernie's favourite things (whoops - that sounds dangerously like Julie Andrews).
The secret to all high energy sports is to swallow heaps of food and gallons of water. These basic race strategies apply equally to recreational riding and will boost your enjoyment untold.