Training for a 600-Mile Cycling Tour

August 1, 2014 6:59 PM

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The first year I cycled in the STIHL Tour des Trees, we rode nearly 600 miles through Oregon. I had very little experience with road biking and no idea what to expect. I'd never ridden more than 40 miles on my bike, and where I live, the only climbs are bridges over water.

Before the Tour, I worked out religiously but not exercise specific. I read about various cycling training techniques: interval training, ways to increase my lactate threshold, and single leg pedaling to name a few. I spent more time on the stationary bike and in spin classes than I did on the bike.

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