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Three Tips For Your First Grand Fondo
July 31, 2017, 12:00 am

Signing up for a tour or grand fondo is a great motivator to get you in the saddle in the weeks and months leading up the event. Hopefully, you've been able to find the time to train, or at least feel comfortable tackling some big miles. Rides like the Ride Around Torch or Cherry-Roubaix can offer routes ranging from as short as 20 miles to as long as 100 miles. To make sure you're ready for the big day, even with some good base miles, we've got a few day-of tips that we should all remember. 

1. Don't Try Anything New. As friendly as your friends' advice may seem, trying something new on the day of the ride can be a big gamble. Eating a new bar, adding a new mix to your bottle, even wearing a new pair of bibs can result in anything from a minor annoyance (are those bibs a little too tight?) to a major disaster. We've heard plenty of tales of riders trying a new energy bar or drink mix, only to have catastrophic gastro problems, some so bad as to make them drop out well before they were actually tired. Trying new shoes, cleats, saddles, or adjusting your seat height can cause serious issues with your knees and back, so leave those tweaks until afterward. 

2. Be Flexible. Sure, you can stretch a bit beforehand, but this is about being flexible with your goals. If you set out hoping to average a certain average speed, or perhaps to keep pace with a certain friend or group, don't panic if that doesn't happen. Keep trying and make the most of the fitness you have on that day, even if it means falling short of your initial goal. Especially if you're looking at it as a race, sometimes the best thing you can do is ride for an hour, and then look up and see who you're with. Enjoy it, try hard, but remember that it's very hard to be perfect every time you head out the door. 

3. Bring A Friend. If you're heading out to suffer, remember that misery loves company. As much as cyclists love to use terms like 'suffer' and 'misery', this really should be a fun day out. Bringing a cycling pal to ride with, whether as a teammate or just to ride the route, can make the day a lot more memorable and with give you both something to shoot for the next season as you improve your time...or the amount of food stops you hit. 


We also recommend getting your bike in for a quick check a week or so before the event, so your mechanic has time to replace any parts that may be worn out. It's also a bit of a gamble to head into a big race or ride with totally fresh components or cabling; a good rule of thumb is to at least do a ride or two in case anything needs a small tweak before it sees action. 

Whether you're racing for glory at Cherry-Roubaix or if you're just seeing what you can do at Ride Around Torch, Harvest Tour, or Bike Benzie, always enjoy the ride! 

Anybody Need Anything From Switzerland?
July 24, 2017, 12:00 am

Steve and Julie are headed to Switzerland to check out the latest and greatest from Scott Bikes for 2018. What are YOU looking forward to the most?

Support Our Trails At the Traverse City Trails Festival!
July 17, 2017, 12:00 am

The 2017 Traverse City Trails Festival is this weekend! Join for an unforgettable day in the woods with friends on Saturday, July 22 at Ranch Rudolf. 

Gearing Up For The Traverse City Trails Festival
July 10, 2017, 12:00 am

A new race, a new challenge. The Traverse City Trails Festival brings riders of all skills and abilities to Ranch Rudolf to celebrate sun, singletrack, and Short's Brewing Company's finest beer. 

Giant TCR SL-2 KOM Review
July 6, 2017, 12:00 am

A misfortunate derailleur explosion turned out to be a great chance to put the legendary Giant TCR through the paces. See the super-short term review here. 

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