preparing for the event

Here are some FAQ’s that Steve has prepared to help you decide if you have what it takes to be a pain revolutionary! – please if you have a other questions on the ride itself, send Steve an email and will continue to update this page leading up to the event. (​​steve.cycling1@yahoo.com)

Will I be fit enough to ride the Pain Revolution?

What type of training will I need to do?

Training for the Pain Revolution will be very rewarding but can also be somewhat daunting. Just the thought of riding between 100 – 150km a day, sitting on the saddle for between 5 and 8 hours each day, isn’t designed to excite you too much! It's as much about the journey as it is the destination so by focussing on your training, enjoying it and being consistent and regular will put you in great shape to achieve this challange. Being able to share te experience with like-minded comrades will make it truly memorable.
Your true test of fitness will of course be the ride itself, but before considering the task ahead, you'll want to adopt a few key training tips early in your training program for your greatest success on the bike.
Having a background and experience in cycling is important, this is certainly not recommended for first timers to the sport, a base is important. If you’re currently doing a weekend ride of 80km, involving some climbing, together with a weekday ride or two, you’re well on your way to getting revved up about the Pain Revolution.
Steve will work with all Revolutionaries and provide a training plan to help you get into the right condition for a multi-day event.
The plan will allow you to build your base foundations for a minimum of 8-12 weeks. It will also add about 10% of your weekly mileage each week and include a long endurance ride per week.
You'll want to do plenty of long rides over the summer months, with consistency a key focus and also include special focus on key areas. Once your base is in place, it will be good to add some more specific training and interval work to build up your average speed, endurance, strength and power.
We are also setting up a Pain Revolution Strava Club and everyone is encouraged to join this. If you are not on Strava, it is free to join and a really great way to track your training through summer and leading up to the Pain Revolution. The Pain Revolution Strava Club will show everyone’s training performance and enable Steve to keep a track of the groups progress.

Do I need to ride a lot of hills when I’m training for the ride?

While we’re not going to be venturing into alpine territory, there are certain days that will see us ride 2000 vertical metres, particularly the ride incorporating the Great Ocean Road.  Some people are under the impression that if they have a high level of fitness they will be fine on undulating days, without a problem. However the repetitive nature of shorter climbs on tour, day in day out with untrained legs will eventually cause muscle fatigue, cramping and the temptation to hang up the bike in the back of the bus!
To avoid this, be sure that hill training is part of your training program 1 -2 times per week so you can learn to climb skillfully and efficiently.
This type of training can be replicated indoors on a trainer, but if you can avoid that, get outside and climb and enjoy and build up your leg strength and endurance.
Steve will provide you with additional training tips and insights, particularly over the course of the final 3 months leading up to the ride., But now is the time to start getting out there and just working on some steady base kms’ and a high enjoyment factor!

What pace will we ride at?

The average speed for the tour will be an important measure so to make sure we reach each destination in good time as well as enabling the Outreach Events be conducted on time. But don’t fear, we’re not out to break records!

You would already have a rough idea on what your own average speed is on a typical 60km training ride that includes some climbing. 
This average speed can vary significantly from solo training compared to group training, with 3kph quicker in a group ride not uncommon at all. If your solo training rides are around 25kph, you could expect to be sitting comfortably in a group at 28kph for example.
For those days where we have a 150km ride followed by a vehicle transfer, it will be important to keep things humming along. An average speed in the mid to high 20s will be our aim each day. Some days will be a little quicker depending on the terrain, others slightly slower.
Based on 25 riders, we intend on dividing the peloton into 2 on most days, not only to minimise our footprint on the open roads, but to also ensure everyone is being well taken care of.
Stronger riders will lead each group, taking longer turns into the wind, while those not quite as strong will be tucked into the peloton and pedaling as efficiently as possible! This is very much a group event and everyone on the road will be there to support one another, support eachother through the pain barrier!
If you think you will struggle with this type of average speed, then 2018 may be your target, but remember we will also have support vehicles on hand to utilise and move things along if you're not coping on a particular day.  

​Remember, training effectively and using average speed as a key measure will be important. 

What Things will I need to bring?

We will be sending everyone a checklist of items to bring along and what to prepare. The checklist will include things like spare parts that might be unique to your bike, such as special spokes, or a spare battery for your DI2.
Your bike will need to be fully serviced prior to the tour, have a set of durable new tyres (no sleek racing ones!)  the chain to be new or near new, a fresh set of brake pads and so on. Everyone’s safety is paramount and a tip top running machine underneath you is very important. We also want to minimise the need to run repairs on the road so to keep everything moving along and most importantly, not affect your goal in reaching Adelaide!
Avoid bringing along light weight dish carbon wheels, for example, but something more durable so in the event of a mechanical or broken spoke, something can be done about it.
We’re thrilled that Giant Adelaide have come on board as a Sponsor of the Pain Revolution and will be supplying a support vehicle and mechanic. Giant will also bring a range of generic supplies and spare parts which can be purchased when on the tour, even a spare Giant bike or two to test out! But remember, items like special spokes for unique wheels you may be using should be something you bring along yourself.
We will also include a packing list to help you decide what to bring, together with the luggage allowance and so on.

Will there be ride food and drinks?

You betcha! At the start of every day you will have access to ride food to put in your back pockets, hydration powders and so on.

There will be planned stops along the way, where support vehicles will be positioned to provide you with additional water, cokes and other needs like sunburn cream and the like.

If you do have special dietary needs, it will be important to let us know will in advance so to ensure you're eating the right foods during the ride.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will also be included in the tour, so all you really need to think about is pedalling your little guts out to each destination!

It will always be a good idea to have some money with you on the ride, in the event you need to satisfy your craving for choccy donut from a local country bakery!

How do I fund raise?

As part of the official registration process, you will be provided with access to your own ​​​everydayhero Account. Click on the link above and why not take a quick look at how everydayhero website works. 

You will then have the chance to reach out to your networks through social media, colleagues, family and so on, inviting them to donate to your personal everydayhero account. 

The funds will be channelled directly into the painrevolution fund so you have no need to handle or transfer funds yourself. The great thing is you will be able to track your performance to ensure you reach your minimum target of $3000. We will also be offering an incentive to reach over $5000, the more you are able raise the more we can channel to much needed Pain Research. The highest fund raiser will also be awarded a special prize and recognition.

If you have people who are donating you cash, you may like to place the amount into everydayhero on their behalf and send them an email confirmation of the donation.

​More details on how to get the most out of everyday will be sent to you individually following the official registration.

If you have a other questions, get in contact with us and we will be more than happy to answer you. We will also be adding to this page over time as well as sending communications to all Revolutionaries regularly leading up to the ride in April.  
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