Posted on August 08, 2017 by Kim Mead

I have been to few places in my brief existence on this planet, but last year I was lucky enough to go back to Jamaica and I had a thought…

There is a place called Green Island where my family are from which is located approximately 25 km from Negril. I wish I had taken my bike with me to this place because it simply has a great road to ride along.

There are approximately 2.8 million people that inhabit the Jamaican Islands, which means the roads are fairly quiet and it’s generally safe for cyclists.

When in Green Island, this means you can have 25km of pure road to ride on and the start point is great. We live on top of the hill, where the road is winding. As you are descending, the first 4 km are downhill which means you can cruise or ride fast or use as a warm up.

Once you get to the main road towards Negril the road is pretty much flat, the equivalent of a London road.

To start with you could push for a hard ride for approximately 2.5 km and then ease off for next 2 km; for a workout, you could maintain this combination of intensities for the whole distance.

The other option, once you come on to the main road, is to ride hard if you’re brave enough for the whole distance.

You are looking to achieving anything from 20-25 km/h which, for an intermediate rider, is achievable and should be fairly comfortable.

Just to sum up – it is a great ride, minimal traffic to be concerned with and the view is amazing. As you are riding you have the beach on one side and landscape on the other.

When you reach your destination you can have a swim in the ocean and spend time relaxing on the beach. There are plenty of places where you can eat, recharge and prep for the journey back.

Jay Simms, Gym & Spa Operative, Goodmans Fields