Whether you are a new or seasoned rider we believe that riding in the Bike For Hope event should be fun and enjoyable. The only way that is possible is to prepare your body and your bike for this ride. It’s all in the training and safety preparation.
The best way to plan for any major physical event is by making a plan and working in a steady pace to increase your ability and endurance. A steady slightly increasing pace will help you avoid injury and burn out. There are many resources out there on how to train for this event but our favorite by Century Cyclist fits the Minnesota biking season perfectly. It assumes that at week one you can comfortably ride 20 miles (approximately two hours) comfortably and that you are in good health.
Start with August 22 and count back 10 weeks.
No matter what type of bike you have making sure the bike is in proper working condition is critical. Take your bike in for a tune‐up at least three weeks prior to the event. Remember bike shops can be very busy. A tune up can take anywhere from one to two weeks if the bike shop is busy. So don’t plan on taking your bike to the shop the Wednesday before the event and having it ready for you. Here are some basic areas that should be covered in your tune-up.
Gear Up for the Ride
Having the proper gear for a long ride can and will change your level of enjoyement. This is not time to skimp on equipment.
For the Ride
This is not a time to starve your body or watch your calories. We will have stops every 10-15 miles. Take advantage of refilling your water bottle and grabbing a few snacks.