BEFORE THE RIDE

Things to Do Before the Ride

Proper preparation for a double century can make the difference between finishing and not finishing.

Lack of preparation will a negative effect on the rest of the riders in the event by exhausting valuable resources.

Below are some mandatory, strongly encouraged and encouraged items and tasks to take care of leading into the event:


Mandatory

  • Lights and Lights
    • Front and Rear Lights are Mandatory!
    • No lights, no ride.
    • Lights increase your visibility to drivers and our mobile SAG team.
    • We will begin the event before sunrise, therefore you must have lights.
    • The last segment of the course will be just prior to sunset and increased visibility is mandatory.
    • The safety of all riders begins with lights and being visible.

Strongly Encouraged

  • New Tires and Tubes
    • Do not start the ride with worn tires or tires that have had prior flats.
    • New tires and tubes reduce the odds of a flat tire on the course
    • Get some miles on the new tires and tubes to make sure that you will not have a pinch-flat.
  • Bike Tune-Up
    • Have your bike tuned-up at least 4 weeks prior to the event.
    • Correct/tweak anything that was replaced or adjusted during the bike tune-up at least 2 weeks prior to the event.
    • Reduce the odds of a mechanical break-down on the course.
    • Most mechanical issues are preventable and avoidable.
  • Nutrition and Hydration Dialed In
    • Work out your nutrition and hydration needs well in advance of the event.
    • Practice longer distance rides using your own nutrition and hydration products.
    • Carry your own preferred nutrition and hydration products in your pockets or on your bike.
    • Bonking and cramping issues can be reduced if you are properly fueling your body.
  • Professional Bike Fit
    • Work out your nutrition and hydration needs well in advance of the event.
    • Practice longer distance rides using your own nutrition and hydration products.
    • Carry your own preferred nutrition and hydration products in your pockets or on your bike.
    • Bonking and cramping issues can be reduced if you are properly fueling your body.

Encouraged

  • Training / Events
    • Get a lot of base miles in the months leading up to the event
    • Participate in other events with century distance options
    • Train and ride in the heat.  The last half of the event will be in the hottest part of the day.
    • Practice consistent eating and hydration timing.
    • Work on keeping a steady pace.
    • Have a goal of completing the century in 5.5 hours or less.