Whether you opt to Ride Across Wisconsin in one day or two, your pre-RAW training is the is key to a successful day. When Jens was asked at the finish if he wanted to come back this year he said “Yes, but I will train more next time!” If a recently retired professional cyclist 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.
It was always our intention to offer a two-day option for the 175 mile Ride Across Wisconsin, but we wanted to keep things simple for our inaugural ride. With a very successful first year under our belt, we are rolling out the two-day option for 2016, with the overnight stay in Beloit. Because Beloit was everyone’s favorite rest stop last year, we know they can throw a great party!
If you decide to do the two day option, we will carry a bag to Beloit for you and then back to Kenosha. You can stay in a hotel or in the nearby YMCA. See our Transportation and Hotel page for important details and locations. Beloit will have a party, with dinner included and live music. As awesome as their lunch rest stop party was, I’m sure the evening gig will be amazing.
The two day option means you ride about 100 hilly miles the first day and 75 mostly flat to downhill miles to the finish in Kenosha the second day. We will have an earlier, but basically the same finish line party waiting for you when you get done.
Wondering whether you should sign up for the one day or the two day? Below are some considerations beyond your personal fitness and training plans.
Of the 490 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 two day if you are still concerned. And we will have sag drivers out on the route riding sweep to help anyone who needs a lift, so you will never be stranded.