What does it take to be a Road Titans 300 !!!
Cyclists, such as myself, are always searching for a new adventure and challenge in life. Yes, we can do our regular local events/rides, and they are great, but we are still left wanting more.
Recently, I returned from 5 days in breathtaking Oconee County, South Carolina. How breathtaking is this area? National Geographic named Oconee County’s Jocassee Gorges one of their ’50 of the World’s Destinations of a Lifetime. They were right on. This place is absolutely a must see to believe wonder. However, for complete disclosure, I didn’t go to Oconee for the beauty but for a challenge, or preparation for an upcoming challenge. The beauty was part of my reward.
I traveled to Oconee County for the RoadTitans 300+ training camp. A camp geared to preparing cyclists for the upcoming RoadTitans 300+ Cycling Challenge taking place October 30-November 1. In these three days, cyclists will complete 300 miles (100+ miles a day) at average elevation of 10,000 FT per day. Yes, we push our limits climbing up mountains, but the rivers, waterfalls, and changing leaf colors will be there too. If I have peaked your interest, don’t worry you didn’t have to take part in the camp to register for the event.
The upcoming RoadTitan 300+ event is not your typical cycling event. I’m not just talking about the riding miles, inclination, or scenery. I’m referring to the commitment and direct involvement of the event director, Jan Michael, and the entire Oconee County. Their mission is ensuring everyone is having a great time and safe. During my 5 days at the camp, I was able to spend time with every key official. I left impressed and as a coach and cyclists I am extremely picky of where I ride or recommend my athletes ride.
Now, let me talk to you all as an athlete/coach. When I mention this event to some of the local athletes, they come up with excuses like, ”wow 3 days, wow 30,000 feet of elevation, I want to be on the A group but with this elevation I would move to C Group, etc”. OK stop the whining and excuses because your ego is bigger than your performance. This is a true cycling challenge. That even if you are only able to do it in the C group, you will be ahead of the game and could return the year after to join the B Group. If you are still not convinced, check out the recommendations below to help you overcome your hesitation.
Check the elevation profile for each day.
- Have your bike shop do a full bike maintenance.
- Install new brake pads ( I don’t care if they look like new. The descents are just as impressive as the ascents. )
- Try your best to use noncarbon wheels ( Braking power )
- Get a proper bike fit by a professional. (Make sure the fitter is an avid cyclist)
- Take your time to dial your nutrition ( Prior, During and After )
- Crankset 50/34 with 11/28 Cassette or Crankset 53/39 with 11/32 Cassette
I encourage you to suit up and take on the challenge of RoadTitan 300+. If you have other questions, feel free to email me at [email protected]
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