When we started the Ride Across Wisconsin, we guessed more people would want to break the 175 miles into two days. It turned out that the two-day option was not very popular. Because it requires twice the logistics and staff to run, we could not afford to keep it with so few riders. Instead this year we are offering a 105-mile option to ride from Dubuque to Beloit, where you will then be bussed back to the finish party in Kenosha.
So if you are worried about being able to finish the whole border to border route, sign up for the shorter option. If you end up getting into Beloit and want to keep riding to Kenosha, you can. If your legs are cooked, no problem. Have a leisurely lunch at the The Rock Bar & Grill and then grab the bus back to Kenosha.
Whether you opt to Ride Across Wisconsin all the way to Kenosha or stop in Beloit, your pre-RAW training is the is key to a successful day. When Jens was asked if he wanted to come back at the finish of his first RAW, he said: “Yes, but I will train more next time!” If Jens thinks he needs to train for RAW, you probably do too.
To help you, our friends at P3-Peak Performance Professionals have created this suggested training program.
Wondering if you should sign up for the 175-mile or 105-mile option? We have some thoughts below based on our experience.
Of the 800 people who lined up at the start in Dubuque last August, all but eight made it to the finish under their own power. That is certainly a testimony to their grit and fitness, but there is more to it than that.
It is a RIDE not a race
If you ride at a comfortable pace in a group and take turns at the front, you will have a much easier time finishing with some gas in the tank. Do not push yourself outside your comfort zone. This ride is long and difficult, but you should always have a smile on your face and be able to hold a conversation with someone next to you.
It gets easier as you go
The hardest part of the Ride Across Wisconsin is in the first 100 miles. Riders complete all of the big climbs when they are most fresh. After Beloit, the climbs are all very gradual, and almost the entire distance from Lake Geneva to Kenosha is downhill or flat. Because we give you a map, GPS coordinates and the route is also extremely well marked, you won’t get lost or have to worry about where the next turn or when you will get to a rest stop.
We provide high performance nutrition and unparalleled mechanical support from Wheel & Sprocket and Dream Bikes. There will be plenty of crews of top mechanics riding along in support vehicles so you will never have to wait long for help should you need it. We ask that riders bring a tube, pump and multitool along, but we have you covered for all minor and even major roadside repairs.
Train, train, train
You have plenty of time to train for this ride. Get some good base miles on. Be sure to get some 75 mile days in or even an easy century ride or two. It would be a good idea to take an advance trip the the Driftless region and log some long days in the hills too. We will even have one of our coaches put together a suggested training schedule. Watch for that after the New Year.
Just opt for the 105-mile option if you are still concerned.
And no matter which option you choose, we will have sag drivers out on the route riding sweep to help anyone who needs a lift, so you will never be stranded.