Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Chesapeake Beach, Maryland USA
Bikes: GIANT TCR C1, Gary Fisher Aquila MTB, Custom Nishiki, TREK Antelope
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I just came off of a 4 month training program with Team in Training. We started with a group of about ten people from varying physical atributes and fitness levels. We were training to finish 100 miles in Lake Tahoe. Over the four months our group formed into two sub groups of faster riders and slower riders. However, those of us that were faster or stronger riders, would wait at the hilltops or major intersections for our slower friends to catch up. We trained like this the whole period all the way up to the day of the ride. We rode the century at our own paces and waited at the finish until the very last team-mate made it through.
As far as fitness gains, everyone made vast improvements just by riding 4-5 times a week. There are lots of century preparation topics here on BF and the internet that outline training schedules for newbies. I think that you will find if your peeps put in the seat time, they will do great. I tried to stick to my coaches schedule as good as I could, doing easy rides on Monday, Pace ride on Teusday, Above pace on Wednesday, Hills on Thursday, Off on Friday, Longish easy ride on Saturday or Sunday and a Long harder ride on whichever weekend day our team got together. The Long weekend ride was supposed to be easy, but parts of it often turned into a hammerfest for us overzelous team-mates, and our coach was often telling us to back it down. Our long rides graduated something like 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 65, 75, 80, 100.
Hope this helps