Ride To Conquer Cancer 2013: Cycling Tips

June 15, 2013 by  
Filed under Wind Energy Tips

Ride to Conquer Cancer is this weekend June 15 and 16 and the weather looks awesome. Every June this two-day cycle event  from Vancouver to Seattle called the Ride to Conquer Cancer. This is a major fundraiser which last year raised over $11 million towards cancer research in B.C.

The Ride to Conquer Cancer held across Canada has some impressive fundraising totals. Last year, 11,665 riders raised a total of $43.8-million.

Alberta ($8.6-million); Ontario ($17.5-million); and Quebec ($6.7-million).

It has raised nearly $150-million nationwide in the past five years.

I’ve done a bit of riding so here’s a few tips to help some new cyclists out. As far as safety follow the traffic rules, wear a helmet and leave the music player at home.

1. Optimum pressure. ALWAYS check pressure and inflate to max. Less flats better rolling. Pressure makes a BIG difference. Tires lose about 1 psi every 2-3 days.

2. After you get going its more wind resistance than rolling. In other words air resistance rises squared with increased speed. At a straight-line speed of 20 km/h on the flat, air resistance is the main resistance force.

3. When cycling up hills stay in your seat. Standing up to pedal uses up to 25% more energy. I see many cyclists making this mistake

3. Yes hills can be fun don’t be afraid of hills your heart rate will increase. I always imagined Im resting on the hills. Low gears no pushing and go at a speed you can easily talk to a neighbour cyclist 68-90 rpm.

4. After the hill dont coast without pedaling. Important on Chuckanut and after Everett the second day. As you climb up the hill, lactic acid builds up in your muscles and can contribute to muscle soreness. By pedaling lightly but constantly while coasting downhill (even if there’s little resistance) you can help remove the lactic acid.

5. Don’t pedal in a high gear for very long periods. Try to shift to lower gears and faster revolutions to get more exercise with less stress on your knees once in a while. The best cadence for most cyclists is 60 to 80 revolutions per minute (rpm), though racers pedal in the range of 80 to 100 rpm.

6. Drink 1 litre of electrolyte drink per hour whether thirsty or not. Eat a Clif or power bar every 2 hours whether hungry or not.

7. Finally stop and stretch your back and legs every hour or two. It really helps the next day.

Also within 15 minutes of finishing drink a recovery drink.  It’s important as you recover the glycogen only within a limited window of time. By ingesting carbohydrates, you rapidly replenish your glycogen stores. This is important because consistently low glycogen stores lead to a breakdown of muscle protein and a loss of muscle mass. Makes a BIG difference the second day. Remember it’s not a race. So many riders speed and miss the scenery and what fun it can be.

Sea of yellow riders at the start below.

 Ride To Conquer Cancer 2013: Cycling Tips
Riders Ready To Roll. Google Images

Ride to Conquer Cancer benefits the BC Cancer Foundation and supports leading clinicians, scientists, and researchers whose search for new discoveries and improved patient outcomes will have a real impact in our communities throughout the province, across Canada, and around the world. This is one of the reasons B.C. is recognized around the world as a leader in cancer treatment and research. The work they do not only benefits British Columbians, but helps researchers and doctors around the world treat people with new breakthroughs.

The ride itself is spectacular. The route chosen avoids any major roads, and takes you through some of the more beautiful countryside northwest Washington has to offer, all on quiet country roads or smooth winding paved bike paths.

 Ride To Conquer Cancer 2013: Cycling Tips
Chuckanut Mountain Pass Google Images

Plus you get to join 1,700 other riders on a great cause on a great June cycle. The first overnight camp is by the camera image in the map below in Mount Vernon. The second day the ride finishes in Seattle.

3542.seattleva11 route Ride To Conquer Cancer 2013: Cycling Tips

Help promote this great cause, all participants have spent a lot of time to train and collect donations towards cancer research.

Good luck and have fun.

I am a firefighter from Canada circumnavigating the globe by bicycle for breast, prostate, and lung cancer charity.

I recently crossed the United States from Vancouver Canada down the Pacific Coast to San Diego and Mexico then across the continent to the Atlantic Ocean in Florida and from Portugal to Greece.

My global ride site that maps me on Google Maps is www.firefightercycle.com.

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