Reaching out for some help here, as at present I'm in a bit over my head! I've been doing some dotwatching on this year's TCR, and now am completely hooked on the idea.
I've done a reasonable amount of touring and multi day rides and can happily spend a few days in the saddle, but have never done "training" before - and feel like I need to train a hell of a lot and also clue myself up a fair bit if I'm to get close to having a crack at it next year.
I've registered for the event, and if I get in, my current training plan is to cycle lots over the next year, ditch the extended cake stops and panniers/racks in favour of petrol station sandwiches and apidura kit and get something more sporty than my Surly ( 😔). From the limited material I've managed to uncover online, it looks like that's vaguely in the right direction. However, I've not been able to find any in-depth info on kit/training and would be really grateful if anyone knows any good resources for this kind of riding or could share any experience they've had with audax/TCR riding.
Any help or thoughts would be much appreciated! (Couldn't see any posts on TCR advice already, but please shout if so)
It's a long read, but, when I started preparing for my first TCR, I went to the TCR threads on here and read every post. There's a lot more now, and there's loads of junk in them, but if you read them, you will pretty much know everything there is to know.
Also try people's blogs. @skinny's is a must-read. Mine is at cyclingthere.wordpress.com . Chris White's ride-far.info site is a good one. There are loads of others, some better than others, but most with some pearl of wisdom somewhere.
Then when you have specfic questions - ask away.
Thanks Frank, that's really helpful and appreciate the offer for taking questions - definitely time for me to geek out. And that looks like a lot of good material to get me started.
I'll have a read of the blogs and let you know if I've got any questions.
Josh Ibbett has some great videos - like what's in his bags etc. Fairly sure Samuli on here rode a Surly in previous endurance races. The NorthCape winner was riding 105, There was an old Peugeot in TCR this year - I guess it doesn't all have to be Apidura is the point. :)
I just read anything and everything I could find about the TCR and ultra-racing :)
Might as well dump all the bookmarks I still have:
And my own blog: https://cyclingadventurestom.wordpress.com/
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