Getting fit, physically and mentally
Our tours are incredibly inspirational and lots of fun, but we're not going to lie – they're also challenging.
Nothing prepares you for tour like time in the saddle, so whether you're a rider, a stage rider or in a service role, you'll need to commit to our training program and scheduled TDC training rides.
The bottom line
When we’re on tour we hear more people groaning about sore butts than sore muscles. So the bottom line – sorry – is ride more, and your butt will thank you later!
Even if you're accustomed to long distances, remember that you're going to be riding with new people and experiencing new terrain. You might be on your bike longer than you expect, and certainly longer than weekend rides at home. You have to be committed.
We'll provide you with a comprehensive training program to help you get physically prepared for tour.
As a rough guide, we'd expect riders to be completing 200+km per week from the outset, increasing this distance leading up to the tour itself.
Also we'd strongly encourage you ride regularly with a TDC Training Ride Group – if there is a group in your area. This will help you to get to know your fellow team mates and bond with them ahead of tour. After all, they're the people who are going to support you when the going gets tough. Some of our TDC family veterans are a great source of information and inspiration about how to prepare physically and mentally for the challenges ahead.
Just remember that the earlier you start your conditioning program, the better shape you'll be in.
The best part is you don't have to give up your life to train for a long tour. Just train smart.
We're committed to riding safely. While cycling is a great sport and lots of fun, cycling on public roads is a potentially dangerous activity which carries risks. To help you ride safe and enjoy riding in a bunch, we've put together a document, which we hope you'll find useful.
It's worth it. You'll see the most magnificent scenery and you'll meet great people – all for a fantastic cause: curing cancer.