Training for the Ride

Before you begin any training, talk with your physician about your new exercise routine. 

We recommend you join our Bike to Beat Cancer training program, especially if you are riding 35, 65, or 100 miles.  Training will help you prepare for the big event!

The Norton Sports Health team has put together a complete training program to help keep you healthy while preparing for the Bike to Beat Cancer. Using this program, riders of all skill levels can train safely while enjoying their time preparing for the ride.

Whether you’re a beginner or veteran rider, you’ll find tips for preventing injuries, appropriate stretching, training techniques and proper nutrition. The program also includes advice for how to train to reach your full potential. It is important to remain on schedule; use your training log to keep track of rides during the week.

Stay Informed

Click here and sign up to receive free text messages for training ride updates and possible cancelations provided by Norton Sports Health.  Updates will also be listed on Bike to Beat Cancer’s Facebook or email Rides may be canceled due to bad weather. 

*Before beginning any training program, consult your sports health physician to ensure you are healthy enough to properly train and complete the ride.

Download the Bike to Beat Cancer Training Guide 


Ride Mentor Program  

If you’re new to cycling and would like someone to show you the ropes, our mentor program may be just the thing! These mentors will give you training guidance, safety tips, one-on-one support and motivation to get you through your first ride.  Or - if you're an experienced rider, serve as a mentor!

To be connected with a ride mentor or to sign up as a mentor to support new riders, contact

Ride Mentor

Equipment & Attire

What kind of bike should I have to ride in the Bike to Beat Cancer?

We recommend a road, mountain or hybrid bike because of the gear selections and ease of operation over variable distances.   

You can purchase this kind of bike at any of our local bike shop partners.  You will receive a 15% discount for your participation in the Bike to Beat Cancer at Clarksville Schwinn and Scheller’s Fitness & Cycling.

What do I need to wear for training and for the event?


Without question, a helmet is the most important thing you need to wear while on a bicycle. Make sure your helmet fits, is properly adjusted and does not restrict your vision or breathing. You are required to wear a helmet to participate in the Bike to Beat Cancer.


Cycling shorts are probably the best tool you can have to avoid a sore and uncomfortable rear end. Special padding wicks away moisture and puts the proper amount of cushioning in the right place. Cycling shorts are available in form-fitting and baggy versions.

Cycling jersey

Wearing a long- or short-sleeved cycling jersey is always a good idea. A cycling jersey will have pockets in the back where you can store your cellphone, identification and snacks. You will be provided with a Bike to Beat Cancer jersey if you are riding 35, 65 or 100 miles. Our Spin Rider, Family Riders and 15-mile Riders will receive a Bike to Beat Cancer T-shirt.


Before purchasing shoes, first decide your comfort level with bicycle pedal options. Are you are ready for a clip-in style pedal or do you prefer a flat platform pedal? If you are 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. Once you have a basic mastery of your bike, you can upgrade to a clip-in style pedal-and-shoe combo. 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. 

Help! I Still Have More Questions!

The Bike to Beat Cancer team is here to help answer any questions you might have about riding in the event. Feel free to call us at (502) 629-8060 or email us at


Couch to Century Training Program

Whether you are a seasoned rider or just getting started, the Couch to Century Training Program can help get you in shape to complete your 100 mile trek during this year's Bike to Beat Cancer event. Click here to view the complete couch to century training schedule.  

Bike Shop Orientations 

Join us for one of our Bike to Beat Cancer bike shop orientations & tune-up events!  The Bike to Beat Cancer team is partnering with Scheller's Cycling & Fitness to provide you with training and fundraising tips, discounts on bike gear, as well as a short group training ride (weather permitting) to ensure you and your bike are ready to hit the road.  All Bike Shop orientations will begin at 5:30p.m.  

Sept. 6:  Scheller's Fitness & Cycling- St. Matthews               

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