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Reply To: Miles needed? How many hill miles?

John Bilsky, June 19, 2018 at 1:29 pm

I did my first RAGBRAI in 2015 at age 62. I had about one hundred miles training over 4 rides. I had no issues whatsoever and even did the century part of that ride. Hadn’t biked in about 4 or 5 years prior to then either. BUT here’s the catch. In the past I have biked the perimeter of the USA for those 10,000 miles. The body remembers how to ride once it learns. The key IMO is knowing little tricks with spinning, using the right gears, having a good bike and staying hydrated. It’s not a race and if you can bike 20 miles non-stop and are in relatively ok shape, you should be able to do 75 miles in a day. Just my opinion based on my experience and knowing how my body works. And yeah… my friends tell me I’m a freak… lovingly of course.

I hope to get 250 miles in this year since the ride will be flatter and shorter. LOL

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