FAQs: The Ride

What’s a week on the Tour like?

  • Please note that the Tour begins on a Sunday, but you should plan to arrive on Saturday early enough to check in, pick up your gear, get your bike ready, and attend the mandatory orientation in the late afternoon before dinner.
  • You will have a roommate unless your request a single room. We do our best to accommodate roommate preferences.
  • Daily Routine:
    • Eat breakfast
    • Attend the mandatory rider meeting which will cover what to expect that day, including weather, road conditions, events.
    • We roll out as a group.
    • There is generally a morning rest stop, lunch stop, and afternoon rest stop placed ~20-30 miles apart along the route.
    • Stops can be:
      • Events – These are community engagement events with VIP hosts, media, etc., so you are strongly encouraged to plan your ride so that you can attend, participate, and help advance TREE Fund’s mission. You are an ambassador for TREE Fund, the Tour and our Partners. Community members will be eager to meet you and understand why you are involved in the Tour.
      • Quick Programs – These are short presentations or tree planting ceremonies that you are encouraged to attend.
      • Pit Stops – A stop with just food and bathrooms.
  • Towards the end of the day, support will SAG any riders still on the road at the time necessary to get everyone to the mandatory rider recap and dinner.
  • Massage therapy is available in the bike room at day’s end. Get your name on the list first thing when you arrive.
  • A mandatory rider recap/safety meeting is held before dinner each night. We review the day and discuss any potential adjustments to make the ride even safer. This is also when we hold award ceremonies and preview the next day.
  • Dinner doesn’t include alcohol. Bring cash if you want adult beverages.

How can I stay informed about Tour details and any changes to plans?

  • Before the Tour, the best place to find the latest information is at treefund.org/tourdestrees. After you register to ride, you will also receive a monthly e-newsletter called the Ride Guide that will keep you up on the latest.
  • During the Tour, we communicate via the mandatory rider briefings, a white board located in the bike room, and using an app that texts you with last-minute changes.

How will I know where we’re going?

Riders receive maps and route notes, also available for upload to a GPS. Each day’s ride is reviewed at the mandatory rider briefings before daily rollout and before dinner. Where applicable and safe, the route will be marked, but a GPS is very helpful. Always bring a cell phone and never ride alone.

What if I can’t ride the whole day?

Naturally the hope is that you can ride most of the way, but if you’re out of gas – the SAG van won’t be! Also, please give the support crew a heads-up in advance if you’re not planning to ride the whole day.

What can I expect from the mechanics?

The Tour mechanics can handle just about any repair. You are responsible for the cost of items needed to repair your bike. Help is always available, but you may have to wait a bit for it.

  • Being able to fix a flat yourself will get you back on the road faster.
  • Knowing how to assemble/break down your bike if you’re shipping it will make your life easier.

What kind of training is recommended for participation in the Tour?

Here are some general training tips to prepare for riding 500+ miles in a week:

  • If you have limited time for training, pool it and ride 50-65 miles twice a week rather than short rides every day.
  • Ride back-to-back long rides of close to 80 miles as often as possible in the final six weeks, but stay within your weekly mileage goal. Riding long on consecutive days in training is the key to feeling good on the Tour.
  • Be comfortable training 200-250 miles per week for the eight weeks before the tour. Get ready gradually.
  • Train on the bike you will be riding on the Tour. If you are concerned about bike fit and your riding position, get advice from a cycling coach, bike shop professional or knowledgeable rider before the Tour. Don’t make position changes without adequate time to adapt.
  • Participate in weekend group rides to become comfortable with other wheels just inches away. Group rides tend to be fast too, which is good training.
  • Begin some of your training rides in early morning. Ride occasionally on rainy days and in other less-than-optimum conditions so you’ll be ready for anything.
  • Get comfortable eating on long rides. About 250-300 calories per hour will help ensure all-day energy. Drink at least 24 ounces an hour (one water bottle) to stay hydrated.
  • Don’t forget speed. Training rides should include some rolling hills to sprint up, some escapes from farm dogs, and some fast tailwind stretches to help you turn a big gear. Making these surges, rather than always riding at a constant pace, will help raise your fitness and cruising speed.
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