You're going to have to train for this event.
Not Too Hard, Not Too Soft
Cycle Greater Yellowstone is designed to be suitable for a fairly broad range of riders. There’s not a suffer-fest climb every day, but there’s plenty of opportunity to test yourself. Depending on your riding choices, you could go over 20,000 feet of elevation gain for the week. But no matter which way you go, this is a ride you need to train seriously for.
It’s Not Just the Miles
One factor that surprises many riders on week-long tours: seat time. It’s not just what shape your legs, lungs and heart are in; it’s also your derriere. Make sure you’ve trained for consecutive days – as many in a row as possible – at least several times before this event. It will make your riding so much more pleasant.
Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem high
Altitude: We’re going to be starting at 6,600 feet, and topping out at 8,000 feet. While we know many of you can’t train at altitude, your best protection against the elevation sickness is to come to the ride in the best shape possible and listen to warning signs while riding. It’s virtually impossible to limit the effects of altitude, but there’ll be a whole lot less gasping for air if you be sure to train for the mileage. Many of our participants have found it helpful to come to the area 1-2 days in advance to acclimate.
The Other Kind of Fit
Fitness is critical, of course – but that other type of fit is equally important: make sure you’re fitted to your bike. If you haven’t had a professional bike fitting, you might be amazed at what a difference a few adjustments can make over 400-plus miles in a week.