Photo courtesy of Jim Wolf Photography

Photo courtesy of Jim Wolf Photography

Training and Preparation

Being prepared is the most important thing that will ensure an enjoyable and successful ride. First, let’s focus on the physical part of your event—because that may be foremost on your mind.
When deciding among the route options, it’s best to choose a distance you have already achieved or come close to. Also consider the elevation gain, or the amount of climbing on the ride. That can add to the challenge, no matter the route distance.

If you have done several 50+ mile rides, choosing the longer metric century would be appropriate (either 66 or 67 miles). If you are a beginner cyclist, choose one of the shorter distances offered.
Still a little daunted? Know that there will be rest stops and support vehicles along the route. Make sure you stop at the rest stops to fuel up on your ride, use the restroom or just give your legs a rest.

What to Bring

Cycling can involve a lot of accessories! Here is a basic checklist of the “must haves” that you should take with you anytime you ride:

• Helmet
• Sunglasses
• Emergency contact card and health insurance card
• Water bottles (one with water and one with electrolyte drink)
• Extra food such as a sandwich or a Go Macro bar
• Cooler and ice for when you depart and return
• Extra tubes for your bike and a small bike pump
• Medical supplies (if needed)
• Clothing and gear ◾Jersey
• Bibs/shorts
• Base layer (in case it’s chilly)
• Socks
• Wind jacket and/or vest
• Rain jacket and/or vest
• Arm warmers, leg warmers, knee warmers
• Shoe covers

During the ride

Finally, remember to pace yourself. Don’t go out too hard or faster than you are used to riding. If you are used to a specific pace, find a group or a couple of riders who you feel comfortable riding with on event day.
Remember, your safety and arriving at the finish feeling great about your accomplishment is the GOAL!