I’ve decided to ride in the 2010 Mutual Community Challenge Tour, which consists of riding one of the stages of the Tour Down Under. This year the stage starts in Noorwood and ends in Goolwa, and is 160.5km long.
In preparation, I’ve been riding the Gunnar on many of the local bike bikeways and trails. These maps have been very useful. Yesterday I managed 123km in a little over five hours. My average speed was almost 5kph off of this ride, which did involve riding in a group, but I still have some work to do. A couple weeks ago I rode around 83km, and a couple weeks before that I rode around 100km. These rides, in addition to regular XC rides on the Eriksen, should put me in fairly good shape.
The tour is in January, so I think I have plenty of time to prepare. My last tour was the 2006 MS 150. The dual-century option I chose was about 332km over two days, so hopefully this 160km won’t be too bad.