You might think this is obvious, and it might be, but you should be laying down some serious miles. Plan on riding 2-3 times during the week for an hour or more. Save the big miles for the weekend and make sure that you have done a couple of 4-hour rides prior to your century. Not only do you need the physical endurance to pedal 100 miles,
If you aren’t doing the century, plan your long rides to reach close to your distance a couple of weeks prior to your ride. This will get you ready to pedal and be in the saddle for the duration.
Your fuel is essential to your ride. Make sure to dial in what you are using, how much you will need and when during your rides. Do all your experimenting several weeks in advance. The last thing you want to do is try something new on your ride. Certain
Timing is also important. Your body can only absorb so many calories at once. Find out how soon you need to eat and how often on your training rides. Then plan out what you will consume and when and stick to it.
For you to make it to the finish line, your bike has to make it to the finish line, too. Two weeks before your gran
The timing of this tune-up is important. Two weeks will give you time to get a few more training rides on your bike to make sure everything is settled. If you notice anything that isn’t quite right, take it back and have them fix it. If you have a tune-up right before your ride, you run the risk of having something settle or stretch and will have to deal with it during your ride. On the flip side, if you have it done too early, you can put enough miles on your bike preparing for your ride that a 2nd tune-up could be necessary.
Written by Lukas Brinkerhoff