It left me with no no doubt – as scientific tests had proved – that wearing a helmet and a flak jacket offered little actual protection when patrolling the streets of Crossmaglen.
But I certainly didn’t fancy testing the theory out; I wore my helmet and jacket throughout the tour.
Making sure your bike fits you properly and keep clean by making sure you wash your shorts after every ride is important too.
And invest in some friction reducing cream: Mr Burt says emollients are better than basic petroleum jelly.
'For most women, it is an issue of comfort,' she explained.
Experts say there is a rising number of women opting for major surgery in their nether regions to allow them to ride their bicycles comfortably.
Everything changed in 1989, however, when Greg Lemond – road cycling’s great innovator – donned a Giro helmet to win his second Tour de France.
Within a decade helmets would be mandatory in competition in Britain.
But he says this can redistributing the pressure to the sides and make the pain there even worse, causing numbness.
He also says getting the saddle of your angle right is key – tip it slightly downwards if it doesn’t feel right after a good few miles.