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I am so excited and nervous to say that I registered for the 2016 Buena Vista Bikefest! While there are different routes to choose from (35 mile, 50 mile, 62 mile, or 100 mile) I figured, go big or go home right?
The century route (or 100 mile ride) goes from downtown Buena Vista north on Highway 24 all the way to Leadville, CO, around the Mineral Belt Trail through the historic mining district, and then back down to Buena Vista, racking up almost 5,000 ft of elevation change!
While I do love to bike, I wouldn’t consider myself a serious cyclist by any means. The Buena Vista Bike Fest is notorious for having amazing rest stops and support areas, as well as being patrolled by state troopers and local search and rescue providing EMT support if needed.
Here are some things I’ve learned from my training so far:
- The more you know about your bike, how it works, and how to fix things, the better off you (and your bike!) are.
- If you ride frequently, even just short trips, it’s worth it to learn how to clean and maintain your bike, tires, chain, and gears. That will help prevent damage to your bike, and save you money by cutting down on repairs, and replacing parts.
- No matter how much I ride, riding next to traffic can be scary! I always wear a helmet and bright clothing to make sure cars can see me.
- I have not once regretted pushing through one extra mile or one last hill. It’s always worth it afterwards!
- You get to see cool things by taking wonky backroads that you normally wouldn’t if you were driving. Like The Maxwell Park Schoolhouse in Nathrop, CO.
I have also invested in some new gear this year in preparation for longer rides:
- First pair of clipless pedals and shoes. I went with the new Shimano ClickR pedals and cleats because I was nervous about being clipped in, and I love them!
- Living in Colorado, I got a JetBlack Cycling Z2 Fluid Indoor Trainer. You know, for when there’s several feet of snow on the ground and I don’t feel like cycling outside!
- A cell phone holder that clips onto my handle bars so I can track my miles and see my route quickly and easily.
I hope you get to squeeze in as many rides as you can this year, and maybe even sign up for a race in your area!
Wish me luck and send me good vibes!
Until next time,