The Sub5 El Tour De Tucson Program

Our target event is The Palm Desert Century in November, which is a 100 mile race. The goal is to complete the ride in under 5 hours, thus the Sub5 name.

Here are a few more details on the Sub5 program.

Fitness Level – This program is not appropriate for beginning riders. You must be comfortable riding in a group and have sufficient fitness. To gauge fitness you should be comfortable riding a semi hilly 50 – 60 mile ride at a moderate / fast (15 - 16+ average speed). A good gauge of the fitness required is Torrey climbing time from the stop sign at the bottom (just at the entrance to the park) to the flashing signal ahead sign at the top. Your time should be in the 6:00 – 8:30 minute range If you are faster than 6:00 you may not be sufficiently challenged by the sub5 program. If you are slower than 8:30 I would suggest riding with TnT, doing local club rides or the Trek program before attempting Sub5. Note that the Sub5 program (and your teammates) requires up to 10 training hours per week depending on your current fitness level. Weekend warriors may be fine for the first few Saturday rides, but will start to fade when the rides get longer and faster.

Riding Style – Sub5 rides are different than a typical club ride. Our riding style is more cooperative than competitive. That does not mean that we don't have sprint points or like to challenge each other on climbs but more often than not we are working in a paceline to get a faster average time as a group. We also stop at stop signs and lights.

Jerseys – Depending on how many need kits we will place an order shortly after the program starts. The kit design is currently under development with Primal and will be posted to this site when complete.

Start locations – Most start locations will be in the Carmel Valley area.

Start times – Start times for rides will be 8:00 for the first few weeks and then move to 7 or 7:30 once we get up into the big miles.  This may be changed if we have a group consensus otherwise.

Routes – I’ll design routes with the appropriate climbing and try to have a few stops as possible.  More details on this as we continue.  We willalso be doing extra credit events such as the Lighthouse Century.

Program Costs – $200 (or more) fundraising.  While we normally vote on the charity, this time I'd like to support Sub5 alum DJ Rausa and fundraise for the Leukemia Society of America.

Sub5 Seminar – This will cover specifics on El Tour and how to meet the platinum goal.  I will probably have this sometime in October or early November.

Riding groups – Riders will be broken up into groups based on Torrey times.  I’m anticipating a Sub5 and Sub6 groups where theSub5’s will be 5:45 – 8:00 minutes up Torrey and the Sub6’s 8:00 to 9:30.  If you are faster than 5:45 your may not be sufficiently challenged by the sub5 program.  If you are slower than 9:30 I would suggest riding with TnT, doing local club rides or the Trek program before attempting Sub5.  That does not mean that you are not allowed on rides, just be aware that the group may or not wait for you if you fall behind.

Workouts – The official workouts will be the Saturday ride and 1 – 2 workouts during the week.  Later in the year the weekday workout will be a stationary trainer class.  It is highly recommended that youride other days on your own to meet the weekly mileage / time targets.  The Sub5 program (and your teammates) requires 10 – 15 traininghours per week.  Weekend warriors may be fine for the first few Saturday rides, but will start to fade when the rides get longer and faster.