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The Michigander Bicycle Tour suggests that you and your bike come prepared for a challenge. The best ways to get your body ready for the challenge is to ride, ride, and RIDE. Start riding in spring or early summer riding 1-2 times a week gradually increasing to 2-3 times a week and increasing your time and distance each week. Close to the ride, do back-to-back days of approximately 40 miles each day. An important thing is to get what we call seat time. Spend time on the bike to get your seat in condition for sitting long periods of time on a bicycle seat.
Below is a suggested training schedule. Depending on your condition and ability you may have to adjust to what works for you. A mountain bike or a hybrid (mountain/road) bike is recommended if you are going to ride the trails. The trails on the 2020 tour are all paved, and a road bike may be used as well, all road surfaces are paved road.
Weeks 1 and 2
Weeks 3 and 4
Day 1 - Ride 10 mi.
Day 1 - Ride 12 mi.
Day 2 - Ride 12 mi.
Day 2 - Ride 15 mi.
Day 3 - Ride 20 mi.
Day 3 - Ride 30 mi.
Day 1 - Ride 15 mi.
Day 2 - Ride 15 mi.
Day 3 - Ride 15 mi.
Day 4 - Ride 40 mi. (week 1)
45 mi (week 2), 50 mi. (week 3)
50 mi.(week 4)
Same as June up to the ride. Early in July do a back-to-back of 40-50 mi. each day