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Should I try 2 tours?(8 posts)

Should I try 2 tours?flyinbowlofmilk
Aug 16, 2001 5:53 PM
I was thinking about doin 2 cyling tour from different states. One of them is in September,and the other is in October. The states where the 2 cycling tour are next door to each other. I was wondering if it would wear me out if I did 2 cyling tours in back to back month ? Ineed advice on that please. I have one more question too. Considering that I have only rode a maximum of 3 day straight with out being tired. Am I being stupid to consider doing 2 cycling tours? Or should I just try 1? I am 31 now and I do at least 2 rides a week. Need good advice please.
re: Should I try 2 tours?jtolleson
Aug 16, 2001 7:42 PM
This is almost unanswerable as posed. How long of tours? Week long? How difficult? How hilly? What average miles per day? Being in separate months, are they 4 weeks apart or 8 weeks apart?

Generally, this should not be a problem. The only question is whether you enjoy it. Your current training regimen, however, (two rides per week) does not sound geared towards a more challenging tour. So you may want to step that up into the 150-200 mile/week range, add some climbing, compliment with spinning classes, whatever. You just don't want to get in over your head on ANY tour (whether back-to-back or not) and wind up in the SAG wagon. For me, SAG wagons are for injury and emergency, not fitness deficiency. So, you'll be the best judge of your own strength and endurance. But ultimately, bike tours in two consecutive months poses no inherent problems.
re: Should I try 2 tours?flyinbowlofmilk
Aug 17, 2001 6:26 PM
The first one is in Tenn ,which is next door to North Carolina. It is a week long. Thecourse is a loop that consist of some rolling hills and flat terrian,with sites to see. Now are far as my riding I can ride up to 3 days a week,but I will start getting tired on the 3rd day ,unless I pace myself. I figure if I do a couple of 40 to 50 miles a week and I will be up to that range. As far as endurance I have completed the metric Century Last year with no problem ,except a Leg cramps,and a salt face. and I have done 40 miles and 50 miles before. But the Tours consist of a maybe one 70+ miles and some 60+ miles days . It also consit of some climbing in one of the tours. The average mileage will very in between 70+ and 40 miles from day to day.But as far weeks in between there is only 2 weeks in between. I think I will do one.
Have you done any tours yet?MB1
Aug 17, 2001 4:40 AM
If not don't go overboard. Some of the best experiences on week long tours are had socializing in the evenings. You ain't going to do much of this if you are worn out. Remember the point is to have fun.

Do one this year, find out if you really like it and if so do more next year and have a better idea of what preparation you need.
Have you done any tours yet?flyinbowlofmilk
Aug 17, 2001 6:28 PM
No. I just realize that the Tours are only seperated by 2 weeks. I try one Tour this yea. And thanks for the advice. I will have fun on the Tour.
better start training ...bianchi boy
Aug 17, 2001 6:41 AM
I rode a cross-state tour (GOBA) in June (about 430 miles). I could have ridden another tour the following month if I had the inclination or the time, but wouldn't have wanted to ride that much again without at least a couple weeks in between. BTW, I was riding about 500 miles a month while training for the tour.

You ought to increase your training mileage if you plan to ride in one of these tours, let alone two. Although you could probably finish a tour in your current shape, you will enjoy yourself much more if you've got a bigger base of miles in. You also ought to do some long training rides, including some back to back. On a weeklong tour, your legs get progressively more tired as the days go on, and nothing will prepare you for that like increasing your training mileasge.

Also make sure your bike is in top-notch shape -- tires, tubes and derailleurs. Lots of people break down on these tours because they don't maintain their bikes ahead of time. And make sure you've got your fit issues straightened out, eg. saddle height and tilt, stem length, handlebar height, etc. The second day of a weeklong, 60-mile-per-day tour is not when you want to find out that your saddle is uncomfortable.
Definitely. Go for it!mr_spin
Aug 17, 2001 7:51 AM
Not knowing any details about you and the tours, I'll just say yes. Go for it!

A little reality for you: tours inevitably become oriented towards the weaker riders, because obviously you can't leave them behind! Trust me, many riders believe they are stronger or more proficient riders than they actually are, and sign up for tours far above their level. That may include you, or it may not.

So unless you manage to get on a tour made up completely of top-level hardcore riders, the pace should not be too fast. In fact, every day, it will probably get a little bit slower as riders tire. That makes daily recovery a lot easier, and usually makes the tour more fun, or at least more social.

If you are a good rider in reasonable shape, you should be able to pull off two tours back to back.

And for those who read this post and find the second paragraph a little harsh, you are wrong in what you are thinking right now. I fully support touring. I've done tours, and I'll do more tours in the future. They are a lot of fun.

But when you read the tour description and it says "Advanced," count on there being at least one rider that is nowhere near that level. The whole tour will have to wait for that guy every day. For some people, that will piss them off. For most, it's a good excuse to rest and re-fuel and hang out with the group. You might as well understand that now--it will make the tour a lot more enjoyable!

Oh, one more thing. Don't be that guy!
Definitely. Go for it!flyinbowlofmilk
Aug 17, 2001 6:31 PM
Ok I will try not to be that Guy. But I will definitely increase the mileage that I ride and ther times per week too.