A milestone for many experienced cyclists, a century ride is a 100-mile cycling event completed in under 12 hours. While they often offer a chance to enjoy long stretches of scenic landscapes, these strenuous events require ample training and preparation.
By striving to remain relaxed during a century ride, cyclists can prevent early fatigue, injury, and strain to the neck and back. Experienced long-distance cyclists advise keeping one’s body loose, with shoulders relaxed and elbows slightly bent. While the majority of century rides offer clear course markings, cycling veterans also recommend bringing along a map or GPS device to add peace-of-mind and further lessen the possibility of getting lost. It is also critical to prepare for the possibility of a flat tire by bringing along at least one spare tire, tube, and CO2 cartridge.