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2010 Greenway Sojourn: Training & Preparation

Preparing your bike, body & bags

The Sojourn is an "attainable challenge," provided you do your part and arrive prepared. Follow these tips and both you and your bike will be in shape.

Preparing your bike for the adventure
A hybrid is recommended. We will be riding on hard packed crushed stone trails and some road surfaces. On one day you will have the option of riding a trail which includes a rough 6-mile segment, but it doesn't necessitate a mountain bike. Have your bike serviced by a professional bike mechanic before you come to the event, and discuss and remedy any bike-fit problems, like an uncomfortable saddle, early while training.

Preparing your body for the adventure
There's no substitute for adequate training. Spring and early summer are a great time to get out there and hit the trail or ride the roads so that you can cycle strongly and enjoy the Sojourn. If you're not already bicycling regularly, this schedule will help you gradually increase mileage and build fitness. Remember, training is specific. If your main fitness activity is not cycling, phase in as much riding as you can to prepare. And make sure you can pedal 40 miles two days in a row by doing it before the event.

Cycling training schedule:

May: weeks one and two

day 1:  ride 10 miles
day 2:  ride 12 miles
day 3:  walk 3.5 miles
day 4:  ride 20 miles

May: weeks three and four

day 1:  ride 12 miles
day 2:  ride 15 miles
day 3:  walk 3.5 miles
day 4:  ride 30 miles

June: week one

day 1:  ride 15 miles 
day 2:  ride 15 miles
day 3:  ride 15 miles
day 4:  ride 30 miles

June: week two

day 1:  ride 15 miles
day 2:  ride 15 miles
day 3:  ride 15 miles
day 4:  ride 30 miles

June: week three

day 1:  ride 15 miles
day 2:  ride 15 miles
day 3:  ride 15 miles
day 4:  ride 35 miles

June: week four

day 1:  ride 15 miles
day 2:  ride 15 miles
day 3:  ride 15 miles
day 4:  ride 40 miles

What to bring
Participants are limited to two bags, weighing no more than 40 pounds, total. We strongly recommend durable duffel bags. Plastic bags or corrugated boxes will not be permitted. At registration you will receive identification tags to attach to your body, bags and bicycle. Particpants are responsible for loading their own luggage into the truck. RTC is not responsible for loss of or damage to baggage.

Expect that your luggage will get wet at some point on the Sojourn. This is inevitable on a rainy day between the time bags are unloaded from the luggage truck and you get them stowed in your tent. Dew or rain-soaked tents, which are compressed by other baggage, will leak onto unprotected gear. The solution: Pack in plastic every item you want to keep dry inside the duffel bag. You'll be glad you did!

If it rains overnight, you will also appreciate having a lightweight plastic tarp along to cover your bike and any luggage that doesn't fit inside your tent.

Use the following checklist to ensure you have the necessary items on your tour. Remember, the total weight limit is 40 pounds. In addition, please leave lawn chairs, trunks, mattresses, coolers, cots, flammable fuels, stoves and extra bikes at home. (If you want a chair, reserve one with Comfy Campers.)

Choose the proper clothing for a summer event. Cycling-specific shorts with synthetic chamois padding help prevent saddle-induced irritation. Bring at least two pairs—one to wear, one to launder. Lightweight shirts made from moisture-wicking fabrics will keep you drier than cotton.

  • ANSI/Snell-approved helmet
  • Handlebar or seat bag
  • Frame-mounted bicycle pump
  • Spare tire, tubes, tools
  • Two large water bottles or equivalent water bladder such as CamelBak
  • Bike lock
  • Lightweight sleeping bag
  • Pillow (inflatable)
  • Tent and ground cover
  • Plastic tarp to cover bike and luggage
  • Sleeping pad
  • Flashlight with fresh batteries (consider bringing a headlamp that can double as a light for your bicycle)
  • Rain gear
  • Riding clothes (breathable) and shoes
  • Cycling/paddling gloves
  • Swimsuit/rafting clothes and shoes
  • Camp clothes and shoes
  • Medication/aspirin
  • First aid kit
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Underwear
  • Sunglasses and hat
  • Washcloth or sponge
  • Bath towel (or sign up for towel rental)
  • Identification (carry always)
  • Medical insurance card (carry always)


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