Joe Kravotil

As the 2012 brevet season approaches many riders question their readiness to undertake that initial 200k ride. For some the off-season represents a large cutback in riding. Long rides may not have been part of the picture over the winter months. Rightfully, there is concern about considerable suffering on the initial brevets. The time to remedy this situation is now. With more than three weeks remaining before our first New Jersey brevet it’s time to take action.

If your winter training plan consisted of a few short rides and some spin classes I would highly recommend a 100k Permanent to get the ball rolling. There are a variety available from pancake flat to mondo hilly, and some in between.

If you really feel out of shape, start out with the flatter variety. Don’t worry about the time it takes to finish the route just work your way through it. This can be an initial fitness test. If you feel pretty good throughout, and at the finish, move on to hillier fare, or push yourself harder on the flatter rides. This will prepare you for some of the tough brevets on offer in the spring. Undertaking a single 100k permanent each week until the first brevet of the season will go a long way for a comfortable day on the bike for that 200k.

Permanent routes can be found on the RUSA website. There are many in the New Jersey, New York region. Due to insurance reasons you must be a current RUSA member to participate. Good luck. I hope to see you out there



Sun. Nov. 3rd, 2013
Central Jersey 200k

Sun. Oct. 13th, 2013
NYC 200k

Sat. Sept 7th, 2013
Englewood 400K

Sat. July 20th, 2013
Shore by Night

Sat. June 8th, 2013
Catskill 600k

Sat. May 18th, 2013
Hightstown 400k

Sat. May 18th, 2013
Batsto/Salem 200k

Sat. May 4th, 2013
Princeton 300k

Sat. May 4th, 2013
Bagel Boss 100K

Sat. Apr. 20th, 2013
Princeton 200k

Sat. Apr. 20th, 2013
Princeton 120k

Sun. Mar. 24th, 2013
Cranbury 200k

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