Would you like to go cycling 100 mile?
Cycling 100 miles is a big accomplishment for most road bike riders. We call it a Century Ride and it is indeed a trophy among most cyclists out there. But cycling 100 miles when you think about it and I mean really think about it sounds extremely difficult and tiring. I am here to tell you that it looks harder than it actually is! Cycling 100 miles can be done with ease if you take the right steps into doing it the right way. In this guide, I will take you step by step on how you can accomplish cycling 100 miles within no time and finally be able to brag about it with the rest of us…
Understand what cycling 100 miles is
Before you go cycling 100 miles, you need to understand what it is. A century ride is a trophy ride among cyclists because its a long ride – no one really even walks 100 miles let alone tries to ride a bicycle 100 miles…Or do they? You’d be surprised to know that most cyclists end up cycling 100 miles at some point or another. But it is important to understand cycling 100 miles takes quite a bit of effort. You may end up burning 10,000 to 20,000 calories after cycling 100 miles. In 100 miles of road bike riding, you are going to really be working out your body. Cycling 100 miles is going to take you longer than most of your other rides. A lot of factors will come into play when planning for a ride this long.
Planning for cycling 100 miles
The first thing you need to do before cycling 100 miles is to plan for it. What day do you want to do it? What time? Will you have enough time to ride 100 miles of daylight? Do you plan to ride at night on your century ride as well? Do you have lighting for your bike if you do plan to ride at night? You need to ask yourself many different questions. In fact, write them down and go one by one giving each question an appropriate answer. Check the weather for the day you plan on cycling 100 miles. If the wind is gusty, it is going to slow you down and make you work a lot harder. If its hot, you are going to work overtime and need to hydrate yourself even more. Check the route and even consider driving it first to get a feel for any hills, unpaved roads and such that could hinder your century ride. There is no such thing as planning too much when it comes to cycling 100 miles.
Gear up for cycling 100 miles
You need to dress appropriately for cycling 100 miles. Skin-tight Spandex cycling shorts and a lightweight jersey is going to be your best friends if its warm outside. Compression clothing reduces the drag from riding which will allow you to conserve energy and it is also said to help with muscle recovery as well. If it’s colder, then consider arm and leg warmers, tights, jacketing and so on – better to layer up so you can remove things as needed if you start to get too overheated. Make sure you are wearing a helmet – 100 miles of cycling means 100 miles of danger from 4,000+ pound motor vehicles – be smart, protect your brain and wear a helmet. Bring plenty of water and sports drink with electrolyte replacement added to it. Bring energy bars, bananas, cookies and other snacks that will help fuel your ride and bring more than you think you will need so you have plenty – be sure to stop somewhere for a good full lunch and a rest as well. While considering what to take for gear when cycling 100 miles, keep in mind that you want to take less because more gear means more weight to carry around for 100 miles.
Choosing a route for cycling 100 miles
When choosing a route for cycling 100 miles, you really need to check it out before you bike it whether you drive the route in your car or you look at it on Google Maps satellite/street view. You need to fully understand the terrine and any obstacles such as hills, stop lights, poorly bike-friendly areas and so on. Google Maps also allows you to select your route by bicycle and will usually try to show you the best way to ride which helps to determine what roads you should and should not take. Be sure to plan your riding route where you have plenty of shops and stores to stop at along the way. You are going to need to stop and get more water, snacks and a lunch, right? If you are biking in the desert or a rural area without businesses around – you might find yourself in a bad situation really fast when you run out of water and fuel. Dehydration is a big deal and it can kill you on the spot or give you serious medical concerns that can continue to last throughout your life.
Tactics for cycling 100 miles
Lastly, you need to consider some tactics for cycling 100 miles. Know your bike, know your gears and know how to ride with vehicle traffic – if you don’t know any of that, you’re going to have a negative 100 mile ride and you may even not be able to finish it. Before you go cycling 100 miles, make sure that you have ridden before. If you’ve never rode 60 miles in one day, work on doing that comfortably before cycling 100 miles. You need to be in decent shape and used to riding if you really want an enjoyable time cycling 100 miles. Be sure that you pace yourself and take your time, you should not be in a race. If you hurry yourself and your ride, that is more energy that you are going to waste and it may make finishing cycling 100 miles a very difficult task. Take it easy and actually try to enjoy cycling 100 miles.
Would you go cycling 100 miles?
How would you plan on cycling 100 miles in one day? Have you ever done it before? What other tips would you give to riders wishing to go cycling 100 miles in one day?
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