Somebody asked me this week where I’d recommend they go for a recovery ride. My initial response was “do the normal routes that we list in this column – just go slower….”
It got me thinking though about good recovery routes – particularly quietish ones where you can just potter around with no real traffic. Ideally somewhere with nice views and some coffee stops.
Depending on where you live, the Marina Bay area is an increasingly popular option – particularly on early Monday and Friday recovery rides. There’s various loops that can be done incorporating the Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by The Bay, Marina Barrage, Tanjong Rhu and National Stadium areas.
This one is a personal favourite – it’s about a 12km loop with multiple turn-off options that can be modified depending whether a traffic light is red or green. It’s usually completely deserted for the majority of the ride – bar some occasional joggers on the trail.
Would recommend some good lights as the Gardens By The Bay stretch is a bit dark pre-dawn. However the view from the Barrage is spectacular and the Strava profile looks like a uterus/ elephant/ y-fronts depending on your mental state so it’s ripe for some good ride names.
Stop Press – after this article was written, the long awaited Park Connector from Marina Barrage was opened. Riding directly from the barrage onto East Coast Park is now a reality – bypassing all the road junctions. Crazed skaters, tandem riders and head-phoned random runners sadly still prevalent though…