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E-Bikes and Training Tips for Pac Tour
by Anna Robic

1. Veterans have found it better to save up their limited training time and ride longer days over 75 miles two times per week instead of short rides everyday.

2. Begin some of your training rides at sunrise. Ride in the heat, rain and wind and be use to a variety of weather conditions.

3. Participate in several weekend group events and be comfortable riding with others. Most PAC Tour participants ride in groups with 3-4 other riders.

4. Use the bike you will be riding on PAC Tour during your longer training events. Get your arm supports, shoes and saddle adjusted before the tour.

5. Ride back-to-back long days over 100 miles as often as possible, but stay within your weekly mileage goal. Riding consecutive long hard days in training is the key to feeling good on PAC Tour.

6. Be comfortable training 200-350 miles per week for the ten weeks before the tour. Get ready gradually...during our cross country tour you will ride 900 miles per week.

7. Don't forget your speed...each workout should include some rolling hills to sprint up, some farm dogs that chase or some fast tail wind sections to help you push a big gear.

8. Ride 200 miles in less that 14 hours at least twice before the tour. Warning: this is a minimum standard. Most PAC Tour riders can ride it in under twelve hours and some can ride 200 miles in under ten hours in preparation for their coast to coast event.

9. If you develope hot foot during training you may want to review Lon's suggestions on relieving foot pain.

EBikes on PAC TOUR:

During the past few years E-bikes have become more popular with serious recreational cyclists. Many riders are asking if they can bring their E-bike on PAC Tour. Our PAC Tour policy is that E-bikes are welcome with a few suggestions and concerns.

1. Due the extremes of headwinds, steep climbs, riding speed and longer distances all E-bikes should have twice the recommended battery range needed for the miles being traveled each day. We have seen several riders run out of power before lunch time after only completing 2/3 of the daily distance.

2. Batteries should be removable and riders should bring a spare battery. PAC Tour does not have charging stations in the middle of the day. Some E-bikes are heavy when being carried to 2nd floor hotel rooms. E-bikes are not guaranteed a ground floor room.

3. Riders should have the mechanical and electrical knowledge of how to maintain and repair their E-bike. Some E-bikes require special tools and parts to service their complicated internal power source and motor. Riders should have a working knowledge of how to charge and change batteries.

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