SAG MONKEY Support for Athletes

BIKE TOURS

SAGmonkey bike tours are primarily along the California and Oregon Coastline and both Eastern and Western Sierras. Both the Oregon and California coast ride, for example, are epic. They have everything that makes the west coast great, from the crash of surf along the shoreline to the vibrant green pasture views, to the crisp mornings in small towns overlooking the mighty Pacific Ocean.














 

SAG MONKEY Support for Athletes

BIKE TOUR

DESIGN YOUR OWN CUSTOM BIKE TOUR!

We are fanatical (filled with excessive and single-minded zeal), about exceeding your expectations when we provide professional support for endurance athletes. We do this so that you can focus on the best possible ride, training and overall experience. Professional SAGmonkey support services include laundry service, mechanical support, lodging, logistics, professional massage, route maps and ride hydration. We are also able to plan and prepare all ride nutrition and cook breakfast, lunch and dinner from our commercial mobile kitchen!

You have the option of signing up for one of our bike tours or you can design your own custom bike tour. Custom tours are for cycling teams, triathlon clubs and teams, coaches, corporations, non-profits and both large and small private groups. It is for those who are seeking to travel with their own group that prefer the ultimate control and flexibility —your group, your schedule, your chosen destinations and your itinerary. We are happy to work with you to make sure that the tour you envision is effectively designed and executed.

We can accommodate groups as intimate as six to ten, 100 or up to 1000 or more!


BIKE TOUR TIPS AND PACKING LIST

BIKE TOUR TIPS

There’s a saying in cycling: you are responsible for your own front wheel.

  • Ride your ride: Ride at the effort or power level you can sustain all day. Ideally, your zone two power (scale of 1-5), or lower, from start to finish. You might need to tap zone three for big climbs, but any time in zone four or above will destroy you later in the day and the following days. Ignore everybody else; ride your ride.
  • Practice good paceline etiquette:  If you find yourself in a paceline: ride at even speed; feather brakes to slow while pedaling, no coasting; don’t ever overlap wheels with another rider; no sudden moves; look at the rider’s back in front of you and watch over their shoulder, don’t stare at their wheel; keep hands near brakes at all times; call out obstacles; only eat and drink at the back; communicate if you need to stand up on a climb (“standing”), don’t allow your bike drift back; do not join a paceline if riding a tri bike.
  • Overlapping your front wheel: Is the major cause of most crashes. Overlapping your front wheel  on the back wheel of the rider in front of you is crucial to avoid.
  • Don’t worry about getting lost: You can always google map your way home or call SAGmonkey for directions or a pickup. If you’re worried, print and carry a route map.
  • Drink: Carry 2-3 bottles and never pass an opportunity to fill up your bottles, even if your bottles are 80% full. You should be drinking at least one bottle per hour. If your power starts to fade, you’re behind on your hydration …drink!  On a 6-8 hour ride you will be in big trouble if you don’t drink enough fluid.
  • Eat: Since you’ll primarily be in zone-2, you can and should eat a lot. Aim for at least 300 cals/hr. Always have a few options in your jersey or bento, but you don’t need all-day supplies. Leave options in the SAG van and enjoy what SAGmonkey offers at the planned stops. If you find yourself feeling grumpy, you’re behind on calories …eat!
  • Dress warm: The mornings can be very cold. Wear a lot of layers, including warm gloves and toe covers. You can always shed layers and put them in the SAG van. Have rain gear options and fenders if necessary.
  • Be visible: Wear some light colors and ride with a blinky light in the mornings, shadows, and at dusk.
  • Stay positive: You will experience several dark mental places. Do a system check: effort level, hydration, and nutrition good? Ease off your power and stay positive. Drink a Coke. No one else cares what time you finish each day.
  • Be safe: This is dangerous route. Stay alert of changing conditions, cars and other riders. No joking around. Don’t take any unnecessary risks. Every year, we see riders in other groups get into serious accidents.
  • Ride with a buddy: Ideally, stay within sight of each other. At a minimum, have planned sync spots. You can meet/find buddies along the way and your buddy can change day-to-day.
  • Don’t dilly-dally: The days are short and the mileage is long. If you’re not one of the faster riders,  launch on time or earlier (just let SAGmonkey know), make your SAG stops quick (e.g. no long meals), no unnecessary stops (e.g. selfie #20!), and eat and drink a lot (or your pace will slow to a crawl).
  • Minimize saddle sores: Use an obscene amount of chamois butter. Re-apply at every SAG stop. Wear fresh bib shorts each day, preferably with a new-ish chamois. Change and shower as soon as you get off the bike. By the end of the day, you will be crying if you don’t heed this advice.
  • Flat kit: Ride with a hand-pump;  NOT CO2. Carry two spare tubes. Ensure your spares have sufficiently long valves for your rims.
  • Bike equipment: Ride your road bike (vs. tri bike) with a trusty set of training wheels (vs. race wheels). Ensure your bike is well tuned and has new or nearly new tires with some puncture resistance. Do not try anything new, e.g. new saddle, shoes or position. Things that are a minor annoyance on a 3-4 hour ride could be nightmares on a 500 mile ride, e.g. a small “hotspot” on your pinky toe can become a huge problem.
  • Practice good paceline etiquette:  If you find yourself in a paceline: ride at even speed; feather brakes to slow while pedaling, no coasting; don’t ever overlap wheels with another rider; no sudden moves; look at the rider’s back in front of you and watch over their shoulder, don’t stare at their wheel; keep hands near brakes at all times; call out obstacles; only eat and drink at the back; communicate if you need to stand up on a climb (“standing”), don’t allow your bike drift back; do not join a paceline if riding a tri bike.
  • Non-bike clothes: You don’t need much post-ride clothes, e.g. one pair of jeans and  a sweatshirt.
  • SAG bag: In addition to a your primary luggage (e.g. a medium duffle bag), bring a small bag to leave in the SAG van for intra-ride access, e.g. with chamois butter, rain jacket, etc.
  • Airplane mode: Keep your phone in a ziplock bag and in airplane mode until you need it, else you risk an empty battery when you need it. There are a lot of stretches with no reception that will drain your battery very quickly while searching for reception.
  • Phone numbers: Have SAGmonkey staff phone number stored in your phone.
  • SAG stops: Stored in your phone
  • Hotel addresses: Stored in your phone

BIKE TOUR TOP TIPS

Things That Are No Big Deal

  • Getting lost
  • Getting a flat or mechanical
  • Not keeping up with a group of riders
  • Getting SAG’ed up the road
  • Arriving last

Things That Will Kill You

  • Not eating enough
  • Not drinking enough
  • Riding above your fitness
  • Not staying alert
  • Overlapping wheels
  • Saddle sores

PACKING LIST

Tuned Bike

  • Good chain
  • Good pedal cleats
  • Good brake pads
  • Good cassette
  • Safety check

Bike Accessories

  • Bike shoes
  • Helmet
  • Sunglasses
  • Zip-lock (drivers license, credit card, cash)
  • Small SAG bag

Flat Kit

  • Two tubes
  • Hand-pump
  • Multi-tool

Bike Clothes

  • Base layers
  • Jerseys
  • Shorts
  • Socks

If Cold Forecast

  • Toe covers
  • Warm gloves
  • Beanie
  • Warm jacket
  • Wool socks
  • Arm & leg warmers

If Wet Forecast

  • Booties
  • Rain gloves
  • Rain jacket
  • Wool socks
  • Fenders

If Transition Running

  • Run shoes
  • Run shorts
  • Run shirts

Post-Ride Clothes

  • Jeans
  • T-shirts
  • Sweatshirt
  • Fleece jacket
  • Underwear & socks
  • Comfy shoes

Nutrition

  • Bottles & sports drink
  • Bars, gels and on-bike snacks
  • Post-ride snacks (before dinner starts)

Bath

  • Toiletries
  • Prescriptions
  • Chamois butter
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Advil & Tylenol

Electronics

  • Bike computer & charger
  • Phone & charger
  • Blinky light & charger

 Our tours are guaranteed to run once we have a minimum of ten athlete confirmations booked. SAGmonkey reserves the right to cancel trips if athlete minimum is not met, therefore you must book with SAGmonkey before making travel arrangements for the tour. We are not responsible for travel arrangements made prior to confirming your SAGmonkey tour.