Training & tips

Consummate Athlete

Consummate Athlete is a great source for training plans, bike skills, coaching and nutrition. Learn how to get prepared for your Cycle for Sight route by checking out Peter Glassford’s short and helpful videos and posts.

101 Bike Maintenance Tips Every Cyclist Should Know

5 Tips for Working Out at Home

Tips for Long Distance Cycling

Aches and pains crop up during long rides. To minimize them:

  • Periodically change hand positions, keeping your thumbs wrapped around the bar or brake lever for security.
  • To relieve your neck and shoulders, shrug for 5 to 10 seconds.
  • On a clear stretch of road, reach one hand up between your shoulders for a few seconds, then swap hands.
  • Stand up and drop one pedal so your leg is straight. Let your heel sag below the pedal. Hold for 20 seconds, then switch legs.

Preparing for a Long Ride

It's essential while cycling long distances that you stay hydrated and keep eating. A good rule of thumb is to drink a bottle of water every hour, and even more if you're cycling on a hot day or on a particularly grueling endurance ride. And you'll want a bite or two of food every fifteen minutes or so.

Reminders for Beginner Cyclists

  • Protect your head.
  • Don't pedal in high gear for extended periods of time.
  • Use your gears.
  • Get a proper bike fit.
  • Get the right saddle.
  • Change position while riding.
  • Keep your head up.
  • Don't ride with headphones on.
  • Know the rules.

101 Bike Maintenance Tips Every Cyclist Should Know


What you eat and drink before, during and after physical activity is the key to success.

How to Fuel for Rides of Every Length

The Cyclist's Guide to Mid-ride Gas Station Snacks

The Best Hiking Snacks to Pack No Matter What Distance You're Trekking

What Are the Best Foods to Eat After an Intense Workout?