Below is a breakdown of basic trip information to answer some of your preliminary questions.
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What should I expect regarding the terrain and environment on this trip?
These rides take place in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains. That said, you should expect to do some climbing. There will be a handful of 10+ mile stretches of increasing elevation with varying grades of steepness. The highest elevation we'll climb to is 11, 312 ft (Monarch Pass, Colorado). It's so worth it! There will also be downhill stretches with significant grades of steepness. Depending on your comfort level with descending, you may find this the most exhilarating part of the ride or it may make you a bit more nervous. Be honest with yourself and take the time you need. All of the routes we will take have been traveled and/or evaluated by the trip organizers and are well-toured cycling routes.
The ride is in early June, so the weather will range from chilly to perfect. Temperature can change rather dramatically with elevation change, so you'll want to be prepared to don and shed layers.
How should I train?
How and to what extent you should train is honestly relative to you, your exposure to climbing, sharing the road with automobile traffic, etc. That said, here are some STRONG recommendations:
- Get in at least 500 miles of riding prior to the trip.
- Get in at least one ride of 65 miles or more.
- At least one ride of 100 miles would be even better.
- Practice climbing and/or training with resistance (this can be done with a stationary trainer*, in a spin class, or
out in the wild!).
- Try to get yourself on hills, not only to get used to shifting gears, but also to get comfortable with the downhills.
- Practice riding with a hydration pack (no more than 2 Liters).
- Ride in the rain.
- Ride when it's cold.
- Ride on car-traveled roads with more narrow (but not unsafe) shoulders. You'll want to be used to passing traffic.
- Practice riding with other riders to get an idea of how to signal and communicate on the road.
If you are a less experienced cyclist or you're less certain of your training needs, below is a TRAINING SCHEDULE that is helpful to prepare a cyclist of any level for a week long tour.
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How do I get back to Denver? Nashville?
Riders will may shuttle back to their starting city (Denver/Nashville) on the day after the last ride day
WSEF Shuttle Day - June 10th
IAA Shuttle Day - Sept 27th
Will you have an amazing time, make memories for a lifetime and wish the ride would never end?