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Old 04-25-12, 08:08 PM
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the week of Levi's Gran Fondo

my first bike event, ever. I will be doing the medio route this year.

what do you do to prepare for the week of a huge bike event?
do you take it off, bike wise?
carbo-load?
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Old 05-12-12, 11:39 AM
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waait a min! That's in September, over four months from now!

The prep is in the weeks and months preceeding, not days ...you'll have confidence on account of your progressive training, and, having completed ~50 mile rides with similar elevation profiles, eh?

Depending on how slammed you are, taper off starting 4-15 days beforehand (the ramp "down" is dictated by the ramp "up") and arrive rested.
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The week before, you do some high intensity, but shorter rides... not endurance rides.
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I don't know about prepping for the ride, but from my experience last year I can tell you that you will really want to get to the area a day in advance so you can pick up your registration packet that Friday night, as Saturday morning before the ride is CRAZY.

It's a really fun and well-supported ride! Lots of good food before, at rest stops, and at the festival at the end. I did the Piccolo last year because I was a baby n00b cyclist, and will be doing the same again this year to see how far I've come, but I've got friends who do the Medio who say it's a worthwhile challenge.

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This will be my third year doing the Fondo and if you haven't ever ridden with a group of people (and this is a BIG group of riders) you need to do some group rides. Find a bike shop in your area that does shop rides and get some time riding with others. Learn to hold your line, signal hazards and turns, and ride confidently with others. The medio is a great route, but there are some pretty fast descents along kind of bumpy roads. The better your bike handling, the more fun you will have.
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My routine for the last week's taper is to eat normally, but have a very strong breakfast on day of (I like a huge bowl of oats & strong coffee). As for riding I agree w/ DiabloScott: short high intensity riding (for me that's 15-25m, at most two days that week and a very easy ride or no ride the 2 days before the event). High intensity for me means 3x5x5 VO2max or something of that nature (i.e. not sprinting, not threshold intervals). Something I failed to do last year but know is critical for me: get a very good night's sleep so you feel really fresh that morning.

I've only done Levi's once, and my overarching advice is to NOT take risks. The route is magnificent but it can bite you hard if you don't respect it. Even if you're experienced, unless you're very familiar with those specific roads, don't go flat out on descents, stick to your line and call out if you have to pass. Even going uphill try to stick to your line if you're in a crowded section and always protect your front wheel. Also pick a pace that suits you and stick to it. (they have signs to help you line up by expected pace at the start). If you don't "race" it I think it will be the most memorable event you'll ever do. With all the photographers, some crowds with cowbells on the start, 'officials' on motorcycles, some CHP to close off certain sections etc you feel like part of a pro event most of the time.

One last thing: if you're concerned about crowded roads and how to handle them, go to youtube and search for Levi's Gran Fondo. You'll see many who recorded their ride and posted it and watching some of that may give you a feel of what it's like.

And that's my two cents.
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