Before you begin training, we recommend that you talk with your doctor.
We hope you’ll join our training rides. (More information to be announced, so check back with us periodically.) Central Kentucky is hilly, so no matter the distance you choose – Century, Metric Century, or 32 mile Intermediate/Experienced Route – the ride will be more challenging than most of similar distances. Training will help you prepare for the Bike Trek to Shaker Village. You’ll also meet some veteran Trekkers who will be glad to support you … or just to meet you.
You’re invited to participate in the American Lung Association’s Bike Trek to Shaker Village training rides – whether you’re signed up or not! Just contact the host ahead of time, and be sure to bring your helmet.
Our annual Central KY Backroads Ride will be on July 23 at 9 AM. Starts from Darlin’ Jean’s Cobbler Café, 204 Gratz Street in Midway, KY. The ride is 22-24 miles, and helmets are required. Parking in back. Lunch option at the end of the ride!
Likely our final training ride before the Trek, the very popular and fun Picnic Ride, will be on August 20 at 9 AM. Starts from the beautiful farm home of Jamie Jarboe and Doug Butler, 3009 Buck Creek Road in Simpsonville, KY. The ride is 21 miles, and helmets are required. After ride, picnic under the trees. Bring lawn chair and dish to share. RSVP required:Shannon.Baker@Lung.org or 502-242-1065
What kind of bike should I have to ride for the Trek?
We recommend a road, mountain or hybrid bike because of the gear selections and ease of operation over variable distances. Know that heavier bikes pose an extra challenge. This is especially true the greater the distance you intend to ride. Please be sure your bicycle is in good repair prior to the Trek. If your bike is in need of a tune-up, please have this done to help ensure your safety and minimize breakdowns on the ride.
What do I need to wear for training and for the event?
Dress for the weather, which varies greatly in the fall in Kentucky. It's wise to check the forecast before you leave home the morning of the ride. You may even choose to pack clothing options. Padded cycling shorts or tights can help insure a more comfortable ride, and a long or short sleeved cycling jersey is suggested. Reflective attire also helps with visibility and safety.
This depends on your level of experience and comfort with bicycle pedal options. If you’re new to cycling, you may want to stay with a platform pedal so you can set your foot down easier, maintain control and get used to riding your bicycle. For more experienced cyclists, clip-in style pedals and shoes offer a huge advantage over standard platform pedals: They allow you to maximize your pedal stroke because you are pulling up as well pushing down on the pedals. This combined motion transfers more power and efficiency to the bike’s rear wheel.
We require all participants to wear USCPSC safety standard approved helmets. Gloves are recommended.
Riding Safety and Protocol
To get the most out of the Trek, please adhere to these safe cycling practices and be alert at all times.
Riding With Energy Conservation in Mind