1. Be sure you're on our email list so you don't miss any important announcements. (Even if you have received emails in the past, please reconfirm your email due to new MailChimp policies!) SIGN UP HERE.
2. First, you are not alone, and we have some resources to share. Our friends at The League of American Cyclists are an excellent source of useful information for beginners including:
“ABCs” of checking your bike for safety
Bike clothing basics (what to wear and why)
How to make sure you are comfortable on your bike
How to ride efficiently
Making sure your helmet fits properly
What gear to ride in when
3. We have a variety of practice rides geared to help you prepare for either the 45-mile, 68-mile or 110-mile ride. The rides will be posted on our Calendar. You can start with the "Easy Riders" and jump to the "Middle of the Road Riders (MOTR)". The MOTR rides are set up to prepare you for the 65-mile or 110-mile ride. Veteran riders can join us on the more challenging "Hill Rides". Rain cancels all training rides.
Join our training rides email lists for ride tips and weekend group rides. SIGN UP HERE
Easy Riders -- build towards riding the 45 mile course. You can do it!
Middle of the Road Riders -- get ready for the 65 mile ride or your first century!
Hill Climbers -- you're a solid, experienced rider, maybe you'd like some company on your usual rides?
4. If you signed up for the 110-mile ride, you must have ridden at least a few 60 mile or longer rides before ride day. Here are some some training tips. Bicycling Magazine recently had a nice article on training for a century.
5. Also, remember to take good care of your bike, so it can take good care of you. Keep your bike tuned-up, tires properly inflated, chain clean and well lubricated, and brakes properly adjusted with good pads. If you need a tune-up, please consider taking it in to our friends at Tip-Top Bike Shop in Oakland, who are generous sponsors of Ride for a Reason.
6. Invest in a pair of bike shorts with a good chamois. Also, wear bike gloves, and make sure you have a comfortable seat. You should not get numb after being on the seat a few hours. Your back-end though, will take awhile to get used to your new hobby (this is normal). If you signed up for the 110-mile ride, you also should consider using clip-in pedals/cycling shoes, or pedals with toe-clips.
If you have any specific training questions not addressed above, please email Paul Vetter at p4vetter [at] gmail [dot] com.
About Ride for A Reason Ride for A Reason is a fundraising ride sponsored by the Claremont Middle School PTA benefitting seven public schools in Oakland. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. (Tax ID: 94-6171801)