Preparing for the Ride
Registered and ready to ride? Great! We've got some awesome resources to help with your training and fundraising.
You can now download your Rider booklet here.
Download our Ride partner Entoure’s handy Group Riding Guide and check out the tips below to make sure you’re cycling skills are up to scratch.
Your fundraising page has plenty of tools to help you ask for support from your network. Simply login to your account in the top menu and click on the ‘Get Support’ button. You can post to Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter and send emails all from within the page!
Also, check out our Fundraising resources page for additional tools to help you share details of your fundraising efforts on social, via email or within your workplace.
Social training rides
To help riders prepare and build team camaraderie, a series of social training rides have been organised and will be led by Kent Williams and his team from Entoure.
Social training ride dates:
- Saturday 23rd April, 6:30am departure from Manly
- Saturday 7th May, 6:30am departure from Manly
Additional information about the social training rides is shared in the Ride for Country Kids 2022 WhatsApp group. Please contact Tara Tan for your WhatsApp group invitation.
Please also join the Ride for Country Kids 2022 Strava Group and log your training kms and RSVP for the social training rides.
Training info and tips
Get road ready
Ride for Country Kids is a peloton supported ride, held on public roads. Riders will be placed into graded pelotons (groups) and be required to ride safely at an agreed average speed throughout the duration of each day. Each peloton will ride at a collective pace, so it’s imperative everyone participating in the Ride reaches an agreed base level of fitness so they can ride safely with others.
Entoure’s handy Group Riding Guide provides further information on road and peloton safety
Work on stamina, speed and endurance
The base level for this ride is 25km an hour and peloton average speeds will range from the base level of 25km an hour up to 30km an hour and above (subject to terrain and weather). All riders must understand that a certain level of training and experience is required before embarking on the Ride. It’s important for everyone to work on stamina and endurance and that starts with dusting off the bike and simply jumping aboard. There is no substitute for time on the bike; every training kilometre makes a difference and every training session with a clear purpose will help riders reach their goal.
Design a training plan
We suggest riders take the time to design a training plan that works best for them, because every rider is different, and every rider has different goals, strengths and weaknesses. It’s good to try to identify those areas you need to work on and to focus on those areas as much as you can. If you’re already fit and ride a bike occasionally but, you haven’t ridden in a peloton, then group riding is probably something you need to work on. If you’re new to riding, then your first port of call is to simply ride your bike; set yourself small goals over the next few weeks with the idea to extend your distances and riding intensity on a weekly basis.
When you registered, you will have received a training guide specific to the cycling speed you selected in your registration form.
All four training programs can also be downloaded here:
Learn to adapt your training and meet your Ride goals by taking a look at some of our helpful rider training videos.