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How to Cycle a Double Century

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Completing a double century or 200 mile bike ride, in one day, is a great accomplishment for any recreational cyclist. It is also a makes a great story when you get old. There are plenty of organized rides all over North America. Most have a small entry fee. The support that is offered varies greatly from ride to ride.
 
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Step 1: In The Long Run, It's More Than a Bike Ride

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If I can offer you one tip it is wear sunscreen. If I can offer you a second, it is loose weight. Extra weight slows you down plenty. Calorie counting it the most brutal as well as the most successful way to loose weight. Depending on your circumstances you can eat less or exercise more. Keep a diary of how many calories you consume. There is no need to be accurate. You can round off items to the nearest 50 or 100 calories
Consider the double century a long term goal. Train lots. Allow plenty of time to improve. Take up to three years, if you begin as a couch potato, There are training schedules to guide your progress. The schedules all have the same theme. That is increase your mileage slowly. Involve your commute to work in your training. Complete plenty of century rides beforehand. Try 2 century rides in 2 consecutive days. .
Recovery time after hard rides is important, as is time away from the bike, when you get bored,
AggyMi1 year ago
Taking lots of sweet food with you is about the worst thing you can possibly do and would explain your mood changes you describe.You want to drip feed your body with food rich in complex carbs and low in sugar. Malt Loaf, banana loaf, "certain" cereal bars, check the nutritional label you want to aim for a 3:1 ratio of carbs to sugar. The amount of carbs required depends very much on the intensity of effort required, everyone's body and level of fitness is different but start out at around about 20-to 40g of carbs fed into the body every 20 minutes is a good starting point. Experiment with your body and these numbers, you'll know when you've got it right because you will find yourself cycling long distances with significantly less physical and mental anguish. The mood changes you describe are probably as a result of your body having to release insulin to counter the high levels of sugar you were pumping into your blood stream, causing your body to spike and crash physically and mentally as your body tries to regulate your blood sugar,
greenjedi5 years ago
Lubricating my shorts?... hmmm, you know on second thought, i think i'll just stick to recreational riding.
DeimosOne5 years ago
Nice. sounds killer difficult, but I'll try it in a year or two. At the moment I just bike 20km to and from work everyday, as a bike is and will ALWAYS be my main form of transportation, its just scary biking at night on the highway :(
jstoner5 years ago
I did the Frozen Snot Century a few years ago. Closer to a double century--Chicago to Milwaukee and back, over 2 days(in February). Toughest thing I've done, but awesome. I did zero preparation. I'm not in bad shape, but I'm not particularly athletic. The one thing I would recommend is a recumbent bike, at least for a flat course.
theRIAA5 years ago
what's your average speed/ride time?
smackpotato (author)  theRIAA5 years ago
I have only completed one double century. It was more or less flat, with favorable winds. My time was 12:12. Some recreational cyclists are able to ride it in under ten hours. Thankyou
16.4 MPH average? my hat goes off to you. I ride a 4 mi circuit that is hilly a couple times a week right from my house. It goes: okay..., slight drop, climb, 300ft drop in 2 miles (weeeeeeeeeeeeee), 300ft climb in 1 mile (gahhhh), home. Today I did it in 20 minutes (12 MPH avg :D), best time yet. I always see a bunch of cyclists ridding up that last 300ft climb by my house on their $2000 racing bikes, and their flashy costumes. If I keep training, I think I can get good enough to pass them with my dad's old touring bike :P, im getting faster every run.
Patrik5 years ago
Congrats with your double century! I've always used bicycling as a way to get somewhere while enjoying the scenery, rather than as a way to push myself. I think the most I've done was over a single century - in metric! :-D But I do admire the effort and dedication...

Oh, and nice job on the picture credits! It's always great to see people use CC pictures *and* acknowledge the original photographers!
Awws, I can't do a double century, I don't think my country is long enough lol... At the minute the longest cycles seem to be 50miles here... which is a bit annoying since there are days i rack up well over that... Cool to see such a thing, as some additions it would be cool to see some strategies during the cycle like for the rough bits... even on the 50's getting people singing is a great laugh, until someone swallows a bee.
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