Training and safety tips

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Safety Tips for   
  • Always wear a correctly fitted bicycle helmet, no matter how short or long the ride. It should be snug and level on the head.
  • Follow the rules of the road when riding your bike in the street.
  • Stay on the right side when riding your bike in the street, in a straight, single-file line, in the same direction as auto traffic.
  • Use appropriate hand signals when riding in the street.
  • Obey all signs and traffic lights.
  • Stay off busy streets as much as possible.
  • When crossing the street, look left, then right, then left again, making eye contact with drivers.
  • If you approach a busy street, get off your bike when you get to the curb, look left, right, and left again, make eye contact with drivers, and walk your bike across the street.
  • Always watch for vehicles when crossing driveways or alleys.
  • Never carry riders on your bike.
  • Never ride between cars.
  • Give pedestrians the right-of-way.
  • Stay alert for unexpected obstacles.
  • Make sure your bike has a white headlight and rear red reflector if you are riding in the street at night, as it is an Illinois state law.
  • Always make sure your bike is in good repair.
  • Make sure you have no clothing or laces hanging down that can catch in the spokes.
  • Wear bright-colored and/or reflective clothing to increase your visibility.
                                 Safety Tips for  
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths separated from vehicular traffic. If there are no sidewalks or paths, always walk on the side of the street FACING road traffic, as far to the left as possible.
  • Dress to be seen. Wear bright-colored clothes so drivers can easily see you.
  • Obey all signs, signals, and traffic lights.
  • Always look for vehicles backing up when crossing driveways and look for traffic at every driveway and intersection.
  • Tips for crossing the street safely:
    • Cross only at corners or marked crosswalks. Never cross in the middle of the road unsupervised.
    • When available, cross at a location with an adult crossing guard. Otherwise, cross the street with an adult whenever possible.
    • If a car is parked where you are crossing, look for a driver in the car - they may be getting ready to move. If there is not a driver in the car, go to the edge of the car, look left-right-left, and only cross the street when no cars are coming.
    • If no cars are parked where you are crossing, stop at the curb, or the edge of the road. Look left, right, and left again, before you step into the street. Also look behind and in front of you for traffic.
    • Wait until no traffic is coming and begin crossing.
    • Always walk when crossing the street - never run! You could trip and fall when running.
    • Keep looking for traffic and make eye contact with drivers until you have finished crossing.
  • When crossing the street at a signalized intersection:
  • Stop at the curb or edge of the road.
  • If a pedestrian pushbutton exists, push it to activate the "WALK" signal.
  • If the "WALK" signal is lit, look left-right-left for traffic before crossing the street. Also look behind and in front of you for turning vehicles.
  • If the "DON'T WALK" signal is flashing, wait for the next new "WALK" signal. IT will give you the most time to cross the street.
  • If you are in the middle of the street and the "DON'T WALK" signal begins to flash, don't stop or return to the curb or edge of the road. Continue to walk at your maximum comfortable pace until you reach the other side.
  • If a pedestrian countdown signal exists at the intersection, it will tell you how many seconds you have left to cross.

Things you should have on you or on your bike when riding 
  •         A good helmet that fits properly
  •         Sunglasses
  •         Cue sheet holder or Garmin & Bike computer
  •         Biking gloves
  •         Blinking light on back of bike
  •         2 water bottles
  •         Road ID
  •         Mirror
  •         Cell phone

Monthly Training Schedule to prepare for 500 miles in a week.

March 50 miles 2–3 days a week 1025 miles a week
April 100 miles 2–3 days a week 1025 miles a week
May 300 miles 45 days a week 2560 miles a week (working up to back to back long rides)
June 400 miles 45 days a week 2560 miles a week (doing back to back long rides)
July 150 miles 45 days a week 2560 miles a week

Build up slowly. Do not burn yourself out.
Keep a training log; vary your routes between flats and hilly but be sure to get hills in.
Keep that riding schedule until the last few days before the ride.

There is no substitute for good training! It’s the difference between a good experience and a not-so-good experience on the Ride. You don’t have to be a super fit cyclist to do this Ride, but you do need to put in the training time. This section will provide guidance to help you set and meet your training goals. We provide suggested training plans, strategies, mileage tracking charts, injury prevention tips, suggestions to avoid burnout, as well as resources you will want to have access to throughout your training.

 Training/Safety Presentation


Cue sheets for Various Past Training Rides
old Tour de Manure— from HVCHS https://cdn3.rallybound.com/Content/images/img/10862/2019_Tour_De_Manure.pdf
Cory's 20 mile ride from Rosedale Park https://cdn.rallybound.org/Content/images/img/3739/CORYS_20--Rosedale.pdf
Cory's 40 mile ride from Rosedale Park https://cdn.rallybound.org/Content/images/img/3739/CORYS_40--Rosedale.pdf
Cory's 20 mile ride from Tall Cedars https://cdn.rallybound.org/Content/images/img/3739/CORY_20--tallcedars2.pdf
Cory's 50 mile ride from Tall Cedars https://cdn.rallybound.org/Content/images/img/3739/CORY_50--tallcedars.pdf
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