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.) Kentucky is hilly, so no matter the distance you choose – 25, 35 or 62 miles – the ride will be more challenging than most of similar distances. Training will help you prepare for Bike the Bluegrass. You’ll also meet some veteran cyclists who will be glad to support you … or just to meet you.
You’re invited to participate in the American Lung Association’s Bike the Bluegrass training rides – whether you’re signed up or not! Just contact the host ahead of time, and be sure to bring your helmet.
April 29, 10:30 am
Monnik Beer Company, 1036 E Burnett Ave, Louisville with a lunch option afterward
June 9, 9 am
Scheller’s Fitness and Cycling, 132 Breckenridge Lane, St. Matthews
July 14, 9 am
Midway Ride @ Darlin’ Jean’s Apple Cobbler Café, 204 N Gratz St, Midway with a lunch option afterward
August 19, 8:30 am
Picnic Ride @ Butler/Jarboe Home, 3009 Buck Creek Rd, Simpsonville; Picnic after the ride, so bring a chair and a dish to share!
Everyone welcome. You don’t have to be registered for Bike the Bluegrass, but an RSVP is required at least a week in advance of the ride to Shannon.Baker@Lung.org
What kind of bike should I have to ride for Bike the Bluegrass?
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 ride. 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 ride, please adhere to these safe cycling practices and be alert at all times.
Riding With Energy Conservation in Mind