Every year I travel home to Nice, on my own, from a European capital with my bike ex. Paris, Salzburg, Naples, etc. Last year I started off from Madrid, and this year from Berlin; both of these trips took me nine days (~1500 kms).
I ride a Giant Defy Advanced bicycle equipped with disk brakes and Zipp 303 wheels.
My current saddle, ASTUTE Skylite, replaced the original Fizik saddle that came with the bicycle; I was told that most manufacturers equip their bikes with 'lesser' versions of saddles in order to trim the overall cost.
Previously I rode a TREK fitted with a Selle Italia saddle.
Sizewise I'm 1,72m and 68kgs
I wear an Assos T.Cento bib designed for long distances (purchased 2015) and apply copious amounts of Assos chamois cream
In preparation, during the year, I cycle once a week 60-80k with at least a 500m climb
My main difficulty during these trips is my back side
The sit-bone area becomes swollen with a sore on each side which gets understandably quite painful; Compeed and Doliprane/Neurofen are my only recourse
Each evening I wash my clothes with shampoo in my hotel room
Having adopted a vegan diet I have also chosen to avoid leather based products.
I'm still searching for THE saddle that will allow me to pursue such trips without the suffering.
I'm currently considering a Brooks C15 (or C13 145) saddle
Should I accept that it is the mileage and duration of these trips, or even lack of preparation, that are to blame for my plight and will remain thus whatever saddle I may choose ?