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If you are just getting started cycling, it is a good idea to sign up for local club rides. Be sure to get a medical okay before you start any training program. Start slowly on flat terrain then increase your distances and climbing as your body gets conditioned.
Clubs offer a supportive environment where you can learn about training and being on the road. Make your goal to get on the bike at least three days per week.
Winter conditioning can start on a stationary bike. Just don’t rely on this alone. You’ll need time on the road with your bike to make sure you have the proper bike handling skills and to ensure your equipment will pass the week long rigors of the tour.
Cross training can help as well, but cycling uses specific muscles groups that only get conditioned by pedaling.
Pick some fun events between now and June to help you develop training milestone.
If you live in a flat area, consider taking a few trips to an area with hills before the tour. You can also improve your climbing by doing hill repeats on lower grade terrain. Prepare yourself mentally as well. Climbing can be as much psychological as physical. Take your time. The tour is not a race so there’s no pressure to be the first one up.
Please come physically prepared to bike 50 miles a day for five days. Accidents can be caused by fatigue. We offer SAG support for emergencies, but do not count on SAG to help you cover the distances of the routes.