bike tour training

Some of the Downtown YMCA Bike Tour Training Class participants are photographed along the 2017 Tour de Nebraska route.

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If you’re interested in doing a multi-day bicycle tour but not sure how to get ready, the Downtown YMCA’s Bicycle Tour Training 101 class is still accepting registrations.

Bicycle Tour Training 101 is for beginning cyclists and those who have little or no experience with longer rides and/or multi-day tours. Bicycle Tour Training 201 is for those who have taken the 101 class or have participated in at least one multi-day tour.

The course is led by Susan Larson Rodenburg, avid cyclist and co-founder of Tour de Nebraska, a five-day bicycle adventure held the third week of June. The class includes twice-weekly group cycling classes, training information and speakers who address a variety of topics including bicycle safety, mental preparation, how to pack and set up a tent, basic bicycle maintenance and repair, nutrition tips and bike selection. Training sessions are led by experienced group cycling instructors, who also are Tour de Nebraska veterans.

The 101 training class meets on Tuesdays 6:30-7:15 p.m. for group cycling and 7:15-7:45 p.m. for speakers, and Saturdays from 8:10-9:10 a.m. for group cycling from Jan. 30-May 19. Riding instructors will lead outdoor trainings as soon as the weather permits. Registration is $135 for Lincoln Y members and $210 for non-members. To register, visit ymcalincoln.org/bicycletour or the Downtown YMCA, 1039 P St. The class is limited to 23 participants.

For more information about the class, contact Susan Rodenburg at susan@tourdenebraska.com or (402) 440-3227.

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