It’s normal to feel nervous about your first SOS bike ride. However, there are many steps you can take to ensure the success of your experience. With proper training, familiarizing yourself with group riding, and proper planning, we hope you love it and join us for years to come! Here are a few of our best tips for new cyclists:
Know the course
Always familiarize yourself with the course beforehand. Take a look at our course maps. Then, practice riding sections if not all of the race beforehand. Checking out the course will help you determine how prepared you need to be for hills and any areas that require you to be more cautious.
Inspect your bike
Thoroughly check your bike before each ride. Nothing is a bigger buzzkill during a ride than not being able to continue due to a bike malfunction. Clean and lubricate the drivetrain and chain often. Ensure that nothing seems loose and test your breaks. Check the air pressure in your tires and look for any signs of wear that could lead to a flat during your ride.
Be used to group riding
Riding alone versus riding in a group are two different experiences. Since SOS is not a timed biking event, this is a great first ride to participate in. However, it is still a good idea to get used to riding with other riders often at a close distance and at high speeds.
Relax and enjoy prepping for the big day! We hope by choosing SOS (a non-timed ride) you are able to watch and learn about the cycling event experience. We hope this spurs on a desire to participate in other cycling events, especially ones for a cause like Spirit of Survival!
Be sure to check our blog before race day to learn all you need to do the night before your ride! We’ll share that information soon!
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