Newbie Riders and experienced bikers sign-up each year for FANY to spend quality time on their bike. Set a goal to ride AT LEAST 500 miles (1,000 miles would of course be even better) before FANY, including at least one 70 mile ride. Bob's Great Training Log is a terrific way to keep track of your miles and/or spin class sessions. If you can sustain an average of at least 13 mph including breaks you'll have time in 70 miles for sightseeing. The 50 mile route option can be more relaxed.
LOTS OF FUN & SOME HILLS! New York has wonderfully diverse terrain, and we plan to sample all of it. We'll be riding along Lake Champlain and in the Hudson River Valley. We'll spend some time on hills with scenery that makes the climbing absolutely worthwhile.
(Remember, it's still your hill, even if you have to walk up it - and many of us do walk.)
You have the choice to average either 70 mi/day, or our new 50 mi/day option. They'll be mostly road miles, with a new few short stretches of hard packed dirt roads or bike trails. Light-weight, multi-geared road or touring bikes are recommended. However almost all types of bikes have come on FANY; tandems, folders, trikes, mountain bikes, hybrids, recumbents. Oddly though, no unicycles yet. :-)
Also, have NEW tires on your bike! You'll be biking for 300+ miles on all kinds of roads, so be sure to use touring/road tires. Bike racers usually use 18-23 tires, but many on FANY find that 25-28 are more comfortable for long tours. (Does your front fork accommodate this size tires?) Also NYS has been testing new road surfaces, so tires with names that include "Survivor" or "Gator Skins" make sense, unless you like changing flats.
Knobby tires on mountain bikes usually create too much road resistance to be useful for a long road tour.
Talk to your local bike store about tires that fit both your bike and the adventure of FANY Ride.
Looking to rent an awesome bike for FANY? (Only avail for Full Ride, not half week options.) Please contact the fine folks at Unlimited Biking. They'll bring the bike to meet you in Poughkeepsie, and be there at the end of FANY to make returning it easy. Great bikes, great service.
YES! YOU REALLY CAN DO IT! Every year newbies sign-up for FANY to accomplish a goal they set for themselves. Free hints for training are listed
But if you want professional coaching as you train for this great adventure please contact Mara Miller of Double Star Coaching LLC. Mara's a 2x USA Cycling Masters Nat'l Champion, former professional cyclist as well as a USA Cycling, USA Triathlon and IMBA certified coach. She provides on-line training plans for athletes preparing for a goal event or in need of season long coaching. On top of that, Mara has done FANY 2x, so she knows exactly what you're training to achieve.
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Last year's bikers would say that "FANY CAN BE HILLY." We often go up, not around, 10% grades and on occasion FANY has climbed (or walked) 14%.
So make sure to include hills in your training! Train on the bike that you're going to ride.
Join a bike club and go on club rides to increase your speed and endurance. Also at some point, make sure that you train at least 5 consecutive days, to see if you really like throwing your leg over the bike day after day.
A great training ride for FANY is the Great Finger Lakes Bicycle Tour, June 12-14, 2020 Many FANY riders, both past and present go on this annual ride. Choose from different length routes each day. Non-biking
friends & spouses can enjoy kayaking, hikes near the waterfalls, or lakes or shopping in quaint villages. Includes 3 days biking and 2 nights camping (which presents a good time to
test if your new tent is easy to set-up). Or there’s a bunk house option in case you're not a "camper." This wonderful event features catered meals and well
planned rides over scenic Finger Lakes roads, and is sponsored by the Southern Tier Bicycle Club of Binghamton, NY.
One last thing - FANY routes & these routes don't overlap. It's a nice way to see another area of NYS. See you there?