We asked our Team Captains how they prepare to tackle Ascention, arguably the hardest rides on the Expresso Bike. Here was their advice from our Captain Facebook group.
TF: Larry, just gear down and stay steady. You can do it just have something to drink.
NS: Good tip Tom! I took 2 bottles of water for Ascension and I used them! I really needed my towel and my playlist too. I allowed a lot to time and I needed it. I think this is tougher than Savage Revenge which has plateaus.
TF: It is tougher than savage revenge in my opinion. I also had a Cliff bar that I snacked on along the way. I saved it for a weekend morning so I knew that I would have plenty of time. Took me about an hour and a half.
JS: The good news is, you don’t have to worry about running out of time. You only need to keep pedaling until you accomplish the 18.3 miles. Everything else is up to you.
CK: For just about any ride over an hour, I would recommend simple carbohydrates and electrolytes in addition to hydration.
SJ:…I’d add standing on the pedals as often as you need to–to rest your bottom, get some blood back…, and to smooth the wrinkles out of your shorts.
LQ:…I am going to try Ascension – I may have to do most of it in 2nd gear but I am going to try. Thanks for the advice and encouragement… I still have a few days and if I don’t make it, there will be other challenges. I am having a great time and appreciate all the tips.
SJ: …Whenever you do Acsension (this time or next), take it in two parts. If you can make it to Mile 15 or so, it’s mostly downhill from there. Good luck, buddy!
LQ: This has been a great challenge and got me to stretch my physical abilities.
MB: I’m doing Ascension in about an hour. My first (and likely only) tip is…wear riding shorts! For the shorter courses, I wear gym shorts after my weight training, but for those longer ones, the biking material and padding really pays off. That and don’t be intimidated – take an iPod and get comfortable for about an hour and know that it can be done!
MB: Made it Ma! Top of the World! Ok, maybe not “world” but you get the idea. Four courses left and I beat my previous ghost!
Larry Quinnan, DaVita – Tacoma
Nea Savoca, YMCA – Metrowest
Tom Farmer, Anytime Fitness – Bay City
Josh Shapero, YMCA – Central Maryland – Catonsville Center
Chad Katter, Equinox Sports Club New York
Scott Jordan, Liv Avenida Apartments
Matt Brighton, Big Vanilla Athletic Club – Pasadena
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