The Ride for AIDS Chicago is committed to ensuring that every individual who wants to participant in the Ride can complete the event. Unlike other cycling events, endurance fundraisers, or century rides, RFAC provides free, fully supported training to all of our participants. Whether riding 100 or 200 miles, we are here to ensure you feel physically prepared for this life-changing ride.
For a full schedule of training events, see the RFAC event calendar.
Whether a first-time or returning rider, your journey to July begins with indoor training. We're pleased to offer the following indoor training options for 2017:
Vision Quest Coaching
Vision Quest is the Ride's premier computraining partner. Computraining is personalized coaching on your own bike with tangible goals and measurable improvement—and the best possible training for beginners or those looking to improve their power, confidence, and road skills. All riders are invited to attend a free trial class.
VQ classes run in 8-week phases:
- February 27-April 23
- May 1-June 25
For the best experience, rides should join at the start of a phase. 8-class packs are $135.
Join the RFAC class, held Mondays at 7pm, at VQ Chicago (2525 N Elston Ave Suite C200), or attend another class at one of VQ's 3 Chicagoland locations.
Contact Dave Noda (firstname.lastname@example.org, 877.851-VQVQ) for more information and to register. Bike storage and locker rooms are available.
Cheetah Gym Andersonville
We're grateful to return to Cheetah Gym (5248 N Clark St, Chicago), RFAC's longstanding indoor spin partner. Free RFAC classes are held twice weekly February 4-April 13:
- Thursdays, 6:30pm-7:30pm
- Saturdays, 7:45am-8:45am
Arrive early as bikes are limited and on a first-come, first-seated basis. Locker rooms are available.
To celebrate the opening of their newest location in Lakeview, SoulCycle Southport (3423 N Southport Ave) is offering RFAC riders free classes for the month of February.
Join us for an introductory group ride, 6:45pm, February 2. Contact James to RSVP. Bikes are limited to the first 30 riders!
To redeem your 3 weekly SoulCycle classes:
- Create an account at www.soul-cyle.com.
- Call SoulCycle (773-281-7685) after 2pm each Monday to sign up for up to 3 weekly classes per week, February 1-28.
- Registrations must be completed over the phone. Eligible classes:
- Mondays: 8:45am, 9:45am, 5:45pm & 6:45pm
- Tuesdays: 6am ,8:45am & 6:45pm
- Wednesdays: 6am, 8:45am, 5:45pm & 6:45pm
- Thursday: 6am ,8:45am & 6:45pm
- Friday: 6am, 9:45am, 12:15pm & 4:30pm
- Saturday: 10:45am & 1pm
- Sunday 8:30am, 11:45am & 4pm
Classes are first-come, first-served. This offer is not redeemable for themed rides. Locker rooms and shoe rental are available.
CorePower Yoga Lincoln Square
CorePower Yoga (2301 W Lawrence Ave) has generously offered to host any RFAC riders for free group rides during indoor training, February 6-April 15.
To be eligible for a free CorePower membership, riders should attend an introductory ride on Monday, February 6, 8pm. Contact James to RSVP. Plan to arrive by 7:30pm.
Outdoor Training Checklist: A list of necessary equipment and tips for outdoor riding
Nutrition for Cyclists: A brief nutrition guide for cyclists
Hydration for Cyclists: A brief hydration guide for cyclists
Tire Changing Guide: A comprehensive step-by-step guide to fixing a flat
For 2016, Ride director Gary and ride coach Yvette are pleased to share training tips and answer questions in weekly videos. Subscribe to our RFAC video channel on Youtube to ensure you never miss a tip.
Video 1: Essential Gear
Video 2: First Training Ride
Video 3: Cue Sheets & Training Overview
Coach's Tip: Shorts
Video 5: Week 3 Training Ride
Coach's Tip: Bike Fit & Upper body Comfort
The needs of each rider are different, but the Ride for AIDS Chicago requires, and recommends, a few essential pieces of equipment.
Mandatory Equipment – No Helmet, No Water, No Tube, No Ride!
- Bicycle (mechanically safe and in good working order)
- Helmet (ASTM-, Snell-, ANSI- or CPSC-approved)
- Patch kit/spare tube
- Portable pump/Co2 inflator
- Tire levers
- Water bottles (two are highly recommended)
- Any personal doctor-prescribed medications
- Small bicycle tool kit
- Sunglasses/eye protection
- Under seat bag to carry extra items
- Lip balm with sunscreen
- Hand wipes or hand sanitizer
Nutrition and Hydration:
- Cycling jersey (get your 2016 RFAC kit from Peak 1!)
- Chamois-lined cycling shorts/pants/tights
- Bike shoes with corresponding cleat system
- Padded cycling gloves, half- or full- fingered
- Windproof or lined vest
- Rain jacket
- Headband or cycling hat
- Leg or knee warmers or tights (not padded)
- Arm warmers
- Prepare for all weather conditions - use perspiration wicking layers
- Water in bottles or hydration pack
- Electrolyte powder (Gatorade or similar)
- Nutrition bar (Good Greens, Cliff, Power, Luna, etc)
- Banana/pretzel/fig newtons