Cycle Oregon Training: 5 Riding Tips

If you’re training for a distance ride, clocking miles in advance is key to being comfortable on your bike, but sometimes squeezing those miles into a busy week can be challenging.

Make it happen with these 5 easy tips.

1. You’ll be glad you did

You know that awesome feeling you have after a long ride? When you sink into the couch, feel invigorated, sip a tasty beer or devour a burger? Keep that always on the mind – let that be your motivator. You will be glad you did.

2. Reward yourself

Whatever it takes. Ice cream, that previously mentioned burger, a new jersey. Make sure you’re working hard and rewarding yourself along the way.

3. Work it into your day

Change up your commute. If you’re not riding to work, could you be? Sure, it might mean leaving earlier, but you’ll arrive with a clearer head, ready to conquer the day.

If you’re already riding the most efficient, direct route to work, switch it up. Add in a bump out or other additional miles on your way in. All day long you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you’ve already made a dent in your training routine.

4. The Buddy System

Find someone to ride with. Set a date and stick with it. Nothing works to get you out the door like an obligation to someone else.

5. Join the club

Riding clubs abound. If you don’t already have a club to ride with, try out several until you find the crew that’s right for you. Most of these groups go out for distance rides during the week and on the weekend to get in 20-40 miles at a stretch, and sometimes more. Paces vary so ask questions of the club before showing up so you know what you’re getting into.

How do you train?

Have you ridden Cycle Oregon or a similar multi-day ride? What do you do to ensure you’re ride ready? Share your tips in the comments below.

We’re running a series of Cycle Oregon Training Tips all season long. Cycle Oregon’s week-long ride is September 12-19 and the weekend ride is July 10-12. Sign up today at


4 thoughts on “Cycle Oregon Training: 5 Riding Tips”

  1. Thanks. This is just the sort of nudge-nudge I need to do what I know I need to be doing this summer. I trained a little last summer and honestly noticed a difference, so I’m planning for more this year.

  2. Anything to keep people going I say is good. I joined a club and those are some good riding buddies.

  3. Each time, I try to go a little further. Even if only a half mile. That success drives me and makes me feel good. Good ideas here, too.

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