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Get Ready for Your Century Ride

This article is presented by the Harvest Century, a huge ride that celebrates an awesome season of cycling in Oregon. This beloved ride is every September in Hillsboro.


So you’ve signed up for Survival Century, Harvest Century or some other awesome distance ride. Now what? How will you conquer that long road ahead?

If you’re an experienced century rider and your legs are already loose for the summer, you’ve got nothing to worry about. Get your bike checked out, get your friends to sign up and you’re good to go.

YOU CAN DO IT!

If you’re new to it all, don’t worry – YOU CAN DO IT.

The beauty of biking on a supported ride is that there are regular stops with food, water and support. You don’t have to carry your own gear and the routes are planned for low-traffic roads and the best riding. All you have to do it relax in your saddle and crank away at the miles. With good nutrition before and during the ride, you’ll be surprised how well your body checks off those miles.

NUTRITION

Everyone is different, so find what works best for you, but here are some universal truths:

  • Spend the next few weeks paying attention to how foods make you feel. What’s good when you’re tired? What makes you feel stronger? See if you can pack treats that might help you get those same results.
  • Avoid too much sugar on the morning of the ride.
  • Eat a nourishing, big dinner the night before.
  • In the morning, eat a thorough, protein-rich breakfast that you know to be your personal power breakfast. Eggs, good Greek yogurt (look for the kind with plenty of protein per serving, like Chobani), and nutty granola are all good choices. Get your meal in at least an hour before you plan to hit the course.
  • Pack snacks. The ride will have treats along the way, but pack the favorites that help you meet your dietary needs so you’ll be satisfied at every mile.
  • Don’t be afraid to eat. You’re cranking out miles, you’re earning it and your body craves the calories for power.
  • When it’s hot out, you may not feel hungry. Be sure to eat regularly anyway, even just a little. The heat, exhaustion and lack of calories can catch up with you later. A little nibble at each rest stop is a good program to follow.
  • Drink plenty of water. See our Hydration Guide.

LOOSEN YOUR LEGS

This is a recommended training schedule geared toward people who have not been on their bike much in the few months prior to the ride. If you ride 50+ miles a week, you probably do not need to train for the ride. This is only a recommendation. Pay attention to your body’s needs and do not push yourself in a way that is uncomfortable.

If your ride is a century, you can usually get away with training for 70 miles and you’ll do just fine on the full century since it likely includes rest stops, lunch and plenty of relaxation time.

Week one: 1/2 the total miles of your chosen course (and reward yourself afterward!).

Week two: Add 5 miles (and reward yourself afterward!).

Week three: Add 10 miles and be sure that includes increased elevation (and reward yourself afterward!).

Week three: Add 10 miles and be sure that includes increased elevation (and reward yourself afterward!).

Week four: If you are not yet at your total mileage, ride 90% of the mileage of your course or more if you’re feeling really good (and reward yourself afterward!).

Week before the ride: Unless you’re a regular, experienced distance rider, avoid going on a ride longer than 25 miles in this crucial week. Instead, pedal for around 15 miles on the weekend and ride your bike 2-8 miles at a time leading up to the ride. Keep your legs moving, stretch and relax. Stay on the bike, but keep it very light.

YOUR TRAINING TIPS

What do you do to prepare for a century ride?

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Savor Those Sweet Summer Rides

This article series is presented by the Harvest Century on September 27

We hate to say it, but if we’re not careful, summer will be over before we know it.

That’s why we’re huge advocates of thoughtfully savoring our sweet summer rides.

Signing up for a supported ride is a big deal and being out there for the physical challenge of the day is utterly rewarding. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement, physical exertion, ride logistics and other aspects that come up during a big event. When you’re so distracted, you can miss out on the true beauty of the experience

That’s why we’ve put together some tips for savoring the moment on your summer rides.

1. Plan ahead

We know how it is. You PLANNED to plan ahead, but then life got in the way. Really? Life? Doesn’t it ALWAYS get in the way? Make this the summer that you don’t let work and life hassles distract you from preparing for your ride.

Early in the week before your ride, stay up a little later or forgo TV watching and other distractions. Spend that time prepping for your ride. Lay out your gear, check your bike and make sure you know where you’re headed on the morning of the ride. These small preparations can go a long way toward making you feel more relaxed on the morning of the ride.

2. Take a moment to relax and look around you.

Sure, the scenery is stunning, but we think start lines and finish line parties are pretty magic, too. Before you head out and upon your return, take a moment to look around you. It’s a sea of fellow bike lovers who are probably as excited as you are to be there. They, like you, worked hard for it. These are your people.

We also like to take in the setting. Some start/finishes are more scenic than others. The Harvest Century takes place in the heart of Downtown Hillsboro – we think that’s pretty cool. The Survival Century takes place at the fairgrounds in teeny tiny Tulelake, California, just outside of Klamath Falls. We love the contracts of a sea of riders with these settings.

3. Meet other riders

Yeah, like it or not – this is your tribe! We wear funny tight clothes, put a bowl on our heads and pedal for miles on end. Your fellow supported event riders understand your passion. Get to know them. You’ll be surprised how awesome most of them are – and you might even make a new riding (or drinking) buddy out of the lot!

4. Stop for the views and photos

It’s easy to get caught up in the momentum of a personal record or getting to the finish line by a certain time, but don’t do that at the expense of missing some of scenic viewpoints! After all, the charm of riding a gorgeous ride is sinking into the landscape and truly experiencing the scenery. Take the time to do that, and take some pictures while you’re at it!

5. Get to know the ride supporters

Not all ride organizers will have the time to talk with you during the event, but the volunteers likely will. Take the time to thank and get to know the people who are making the ride happen. It’s an awesome way to remember more about the ride. Plus, knowing the people behind the event is a cool way to understand more about the grand adventure you’re a part of.


The Harvest Century closes off the riding season with a huge celebration and ride on September 24 in Hillsboro. MORE INFO >

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Cool Route: Tilikum Crossing

The holidays are coming! If you’ve got relatives in town, this is a perfect ride for those who are not used to riding on busy city streets. This ride really packs a punch, city views, river views and plenty of very cool Portland features as you check out the new Tilikum Crossing: The Bridge of the People.

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This route comes from the Best Bike Rides in Portland book by ORbike editor Ayleen Crotty and published by Falcon Guides.

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