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Cycling Tip: Pick Your Priority Event

Robert Panzera

Now that the holiday season has come, it makes sense to start getting your cycling fitness in order by picking a priority event. A priority event can be any cycling event at which you want to be in proper shape.

A good example is an upcoming, multi-day cycling tour; at the tour, you want to be in good enough shape in order to enjoy all aspects of the tour—dinner, sightseeing, riding in general, etc. From the start of the cycling tour date, back track at least 3 months. This should give you enough time to prepare for the challenge.

Specifically, for a tour starting in early May, you would want to back track to the first week of February. Start small—easy rides of short distances—and as each week passes, incrementally up your mileage and eventually your pace, until you are completing rides comparable to the tour schedule on back-to-back training days.

Robert Panzera is a Level 2 USA Cycling Coach and owner and operator of Cycling San Diego (CCSD). CCSD is designed to provide a venue of warm weather training miles in the off-season for serious touring and elite racing cyclists. For more information about Robert Panzera and CCSD, visit or contact him at

This tip was originally published in the Adventure Travel Group (ATG) monthly newsletter. For more information on ATG, visit or contact
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