Chris Carmichael visits TBL Reston for Tour de Cure

Chris Carmichael with the crew at The Bike Lane Reston.  We love Chris's shirt - Eat Sleep Ride shirt!

Chris Carmichael with the crew at The Bike Lane Reston. We love Chris’s shirt – Eat Sleep Ride shirt!

World renowned cycling coach Chris Carmichael visited the TBL crew in Reston on Saturday, Sept. 7 to meet and greet the staff and riders who were preparing for the next day’s 20-mile Tour de Cure Executive Ride.  Chris gave some great tips to the riders and posed for about a hundred photos with his fans.

The Tour de Cure is a series of fundraising cycling events in 44 states nationwide that benefit the American Diabetes Association. Here are three of his training tips for both beginner and experienced cyclists:

1. Aim for 3-5 training rides a week. Include at least one longer ride each week to build endurance and condition your body to sitting in the saddle for longer periods.

2. Recover between training rides. Recovery is essential to improvement.

3. Hydrate throughout the day. Hydrating is a slower process than replenishing energy, and drinking a lot of fluid all at once just stimulates your desire to visit the bathroom. The most effective method is to increase your total intake throughout the day and during exercise.

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Cyclefest and Pauls Ride for Life this Saturday

Join us this Saturday for Paul’s Ride for Life and Cyclefest at the Reston Town Center pavilion!  Paul’s Ride for Life kicks off at 8 am for a 10, 20, or 50 mile ride along the beautiful W&OD. Proceeds from the ride benefit the Washington Regional Transplant Community.   The Community Canteen will be welcoming back riders with free coffee and pastries.  Park your bike in our free Bike Valet (courtesy of EX2 Adventures) and stick around for The Bike Lane’s Cyclefest Expo.  Ride some of the top bikes in the world!  Trek and Felt will have their demo trucks filled with road, mountain and tri bikes!  The Bike Lane will be bringing our Niner mountain bike demos for you to take out for a spin on the trail. Bring the kids and their bikes out for the Bike Safety Rodeo sponsored by Trails for Youth! The rodeo starts at Noon until 2:00 pm.  Also, we will have live performances from TUNNEL– an up and coming Prog/Alternative/Rock band based in the Washington, DC.  Check out the expo from 10-3 pm we will have vendors and local clubs including Saris, Camel Bak, Yakima, MORE, Team Z, Team in Training, Evolution Cycling, MS Ride, Tour de Cure, Reston Bike Club, Positively Chiropractic, FABB, Wilderness Voyagers, Pedal Pushers and more.  Enter to win a Trek 7.3 FX and other raffles!  See you Saturday.