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Advice on doing a tour across a state?(6 posts)

Advice on doing a tour across a state?scary4u
Jul 22, 2001 4:26 PM
I am planning on doing the Cycle North Carolina 2001 here in N.C. It's coming up in October. Should I do it? I have just started back riding my road bike again. And what type of riding should I do? Considering that I work from 3-11p.m. in the Main Operating Room of a Hospital? Need helpful advice,please
read everything here--vDog
Jul 22, 2001 4:45 PM
The UltraMarathon Cycling Association website has all sorts of great articles on long distance cycling. I'd start with that and see what you think (jump down to "training"): http://www.ultracycling.com/siteindex.html

Doug
re: Advice on doing a tour across a state?Lone Gunman
Jul 22, 2001 6:57 PM
S,
I did CNC last year, great organized tour for it's second year. The first 2 days I believe are in the hills this year and you must be in climbing shape to handle them. And it is basically 7 metric centuries in a row. I would have at least 1400 of aerobic type miles under my belt to do this ride comfortably (not collapse when you arrive at camp that night). It could make for a miserable week to not be in shape and do that ride, although you will have plenty of company if you're not. Start riding and get about 5-600 miles in and then start mixing in some hills, but never increase your distance by more than 10% per week.
a few tipsbianchi boy
Jul 23, 2001 6:13 AM
I rode the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA) in June, 416 miles in 7 days, and rode the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia (BRAG) in 1985. You should start training now if you plan to ride Cycle NC. Gradually increase your mileage week to week, and do progressively longer distance rides on the weekends. Don't skip the hilly routes because the first 2-3 days of CNC will have lots of climbs.

The main thing training will do is make your ride much more enjoyable. On the GOBA ride, there were all sorts of people who obviously do not do a lot of riding normally -- young children, elderly men and women, and many overweight people. Many of them had to walk their bikes up the big hills, but they finished. When I rode BRAG, my wife had just started biking. We started training for the ride in early spring and the ride was in June. Prior to our training, my wife had hardly ever ridden longer than 5-10 miles, and she doesn't do much aerobic exercise. She rode the whole 7-day trip, however, with a couple days longer than 80 miles. We just kept a reasonable pace. Pacing is real important because most people are not used to riding long distances day after day. Your body gets progressively more tired as the week goes on, so you end up struggling more on the hills and using your lower gears more often. Fortunately, the CNC route gets flatter as the week progresses, so that works in your favor.

Also, make sure your bike is in top working condition, with good tires and tubes, derailleurs adjusted, chain cleaned and lubed, etc. It's no fun breaking down on a trip like this, although they usually have travelling mechanics to help repair bikes. You would be amazed at how many people break chains, have derailleurs that won't shift, etc. Make sure you have some good climbing gears on your cassette unless you're really strong on the hills.
a few tipsLone Gunman
Jul 23, 2001 7:35 AM
REI does the maint. and repair work on the CNC. Each rest stop has a mechanic truck set up, and also at the beginning and end of each day. SAG patrols the course and sags breakdowns to the next stop for repairs. REI also has a roving mini store that is in each camp every night and for the insomniacs, you can go down to the shop area and watch the repairs at night if you are really bored.
Choose a small state, like Rhode Island :) nmmr_spin
Jul 23, 2001 8:20 AM