Tips for first-timers
Train for the Ride
If you can do a 90 mile (145km) ride without being exhausted, you should be in good shape to do this one. Start with frequent, shorter distance rides and work up to longer ones. Do rides of 60-70 miles (97-113kms) perhaps three times before the Ride, and you'll be in good shape. Read more: "How to prepare"
Check your bike
Make sure that your bicycle is in top shape. Make that repair that you've been putting off, including old chains, worn brakes or tires. You should know how to change a flat, put on a chain, use a patch kit. You should also be aware of how to make minor road repairs. Bring a frame pump, spare tube, patch kit, chain oil, tire tools, and any tools particular to your bike. There will be a few tools available at sag stops and there are a few bike shops along the way.
Make it fit
If your bike doesn't fit right, it will show up on a long ride. The best time to make equipment changes and adjustments is in the early, low mileage part of a training program, so your body has time to adjust. Talk to your local bike shop about getting a bike fit.
Padded bike shorts make a big difference as do a pair of biking gloves. If you want new shoes, get them early in your training. Dress properly for the weather. Prepare for warm, cool, sunny or misty. The ride goes rain or shine on the date scheduled! We are unable to pick up riders, so if you start, plan to finish.
You should plan to ride at your endurance pace - about the same as you have been riding for the your last few long rides. Whatever you do, don't go out too fast or try to chase the 'rabbits' up ahead; you will regret it later. It is much better to start out too slowly rather than too fast; you can always pick up the pace later. This is an endurance event, not a race.
It is much better to make five 15 minute stops, grabbing a snack each time, than to make one stop of 1 1/4 hours. Short stops will keep your energy reserves high, and keep your body from 'cooling down.' You should plan to carry some snacks or gels with you in a saddle or handlebar bag. If you do 'bonk', stop, get enough to eat and drink, and when you feel sufficiently recovered, continue.
You will be given a map with directions at the Start line when you sign in. Bike shops and bathroom stops along the way are listed. Store the map in a bike bag away from sweaty rear pockets. If you get lost, refer to the map or ask a local for help.
The directions are fairly complicated, so we will have road markers as your main guide. You will be following bright green triangles with a line through the middle. As you approach intersections, look for arrows. There should be two before a turn and a confirming one after. If you miss a turn, you could add unwanted mileage. Make sure if you are following someone that they are following the arrows properly. Be mindful that dirt or cars may obscure an arrow. If you haven't seen an arrow for a while, consult your map or return to the last arrow that you saw.
Our gear transportation ability is limited, so be frugal with what you bring. Remember that most of what you will take will have to brought back on your bikes after the ride is over. Also bear in mind that evenings can be quite cool in Provincetown in June. Bring any gear you need transported to Provincetown to the Start on Saturday morning. Make sure to label your bag to avoid confusion.