Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: North Aurora, IL
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Originally Posted by JT1
I'm looking forward to the Tour. This will be my first timed event. I've been riding a mountain bike recreationally for about 10 years, but I just picked up road riding in August. I've done 4 century rides, and logged 1750 miles on my road bike since then. I hope I'm ready for the mountains!
Thanks for the tips from your ride in the Tour. I question changing out my pedals and shoes from my mountain bike. Do others do this, or is the wash portion such a small part of the ride people just hobble along with their road shoes?
Roadies do just hobble along with their road shoes. Last year on the first wash I remember several people banging their shoes against their bikes having trouble clipping in but nothing major. You'll do fine with either.
You definitely sound prepared. The hills/mountains aren't that challenging. There is one challenging section that I remember right after the second wash and a section closer to the end that is hilly but pretty.
Also, the morning of the ride. Depending on where you want to be in the lineup you'll want to arrive early to get in the gold or silver chute. They start filling up really early and the officials close them. I didn't really care but just thought I'd give you the heads up.
Have a great time! Crystal