I was thinking of entering in the Tour de Cure New Mexico in mid-June. I thought the 58-mile course would make a nice challenging objective for me. I've been riding about 6 weeks now, and my longest distance ridden is 30 miles. I calculated that by increasing my long ride by 10% each week, I can work up to 58 miles in time for the event.
I just have a few questions for those of you more expert than I...
- Is this a realistic goal for a relative beginner?
- Does anyone know what the terrain is like?
My long rides are mostly flat, but during the week I do 14-mile rides on hills, averaging about 14mph. Some hills are rollling, but there are a few that slow me down to about 9mph in low gear (I've got an Allez Elite double). Will doing endurance rides on flat terrain, with hilly rides in between, prepare me for a long ride that will have some hills thrown in?