Here is a recommended training schedule that will adequately prepare you for what’s to come:
The above is a recommendation; but, for most of us very unrealistic taking into account all the other commitments that fill our lives. It is somethingto shoot for. Please note, it is mandatory for new riders to participate in at least one long training ride.
Obviously, the more you ride, the more comfortable you feel.
Any bicycle in good working order is adequate to finish this ride. A road or hybrid bicycle will provide the most comfort in the long haul because of their narrow, high-pressure tires and relative lightweight. A mountain bicycle will work; however, replacing the off-road tires with a narrower, smooth tread tire will make a dramatic difference in the way it feels on the road.
The less you carry with you while riding the more comfortable you will be.
As mentioned, riding long distances is only part physical. Your body is much like a car. If you do not fuel up, you WILL run out of gas. Do not use this ride to lose weight. Do not skip meals or reduce your intake. You will only be hurting your ability to become stronger on the road. You should however, eat sensibly.
We have paid particular attention to SAG stop locations on the route. All are 20-30 miles apart. This will allow you to carry as little as possible with you on the bike and to replenish every couple of hours.
While riding, please do the following:
Most of all, HAVE FUN!!!