Chatting with John Marsh about the mental side of big rides got me thinking about all of the mental techniques and tricks that I’ve used over 40 years of riding and 20 years of coaching. Here are my tips for roadies doing any big ride. Big is relative to what you normally ride. Big could be a 50K, 100K, 100 miles, 200K, etc. Or back-to-back days or a multi-day tour. Finishing big rides is as much about managing the mental challenges during the ride as training sufficiently before the ride!