charliepolecat wrote:Same in Sportives - so many riders blindly following arrows without any idea of where they are, where they've been, possible escape routes etc.
I had to respond to this because yesterday there was a charity ride (sportive) around here and I was doing one of my Audax rides and came across some of the hundred or so riders in that ride and asked one of them who was on the 73 mile ride what his route was he said: "I don't know I'm just following the signs".
The good thing with the Sustrans book is that it gives you a detailed map of the nearby area, the route you need to be on, points of interest, a written guide through each section and a few other useful things to know. I've ridden on a few NCN routes in Scotland and I certainly won't be just following the signs. I like to know where I am, particularly when cycling from one end of the country to the other.