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How-to: The ultimate guide to multi-stage racing – PART II

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How-to: The last word information to multi-stage racing – PART II

By Bruce Newton | 15 September 2020

Pics: Bruce Newton, Todd Weselake, Margus Riga,
Dave Silver

That is Half II of the final word information to multi-stage racing. For Half I, click on here.

What to take

For every single day of racing you have to have a set of racing garments – high, shorts and socks. You should utilize gloves greater than at some point however have not less than a few pairs.

Bundle every day’s clothes right into a plastic bag. When the day is completed use the identical bag to retailer your used gear. That helps seal away the stink till you may get to the laundromat.

A very good bike bag just like the padded EVOC within the photos is a worthy funding. Mine has safely transported my bikes everywhere in the world. Watching out the window of a airplane on the manner some baggage handlers do their factor must be sufficient to persuade anybody that cardboard bins have their limitations!

While you head out to race every day all the time take the fundamentals required for repairs; multi-tool, chain-breaker, chain hyperlink, mini-pump and/or quick-fill compressed air canisters, a tube, a derailleur hanger and a medical package. A scrunchable light-weight rain high is a should, even if you happen to solely use it for warm-up earlier than the beginning.

Past the racing necessities don’t overlook your civvies. Certain, throw in a collared shirt and a few good denims however focus primarily on being relaxed and informal. So, t-shorts, shorts, thongs, runners and hoodies are the go. Don’t overlook a hat, sunnies and your swimmers too.

Toiletries and a towel are necessities as is sunscreen and chamois cream. In case you’re tenting, then a compact sleeping bag, an inflatable mattress and pillow are additionally must-haves.

Different issues to think about

Get your bike correctly serviced earlier than the occasion! That’s rule primary. Don’t skimp. It by no means pays off.

Arriving on the occasion organised and with time to spare is an effective way to kick off your multi-day MTB expertise. Being in-situ the night time earlier than the beginning with a superb meal in your stomach and a pleasing place to sleep is basically necessary.

In reality, consuming and sleeping is of apparent ongoing significance. Some occasions cater, some don’t. In case you don’t have to fret about the place your meals are coming from and you may afford the fee, then do it. If not, then you definately’re looking energy.

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So, to mattress. Tenting is a standard resolution at multi-day races, usually two folks in every. Yep, do it as soon as for the expertise, then pay the additional for the one tent, or go the entire hog and motel it.

Having the ability to come again to your individual bathe and a freshly made mattress makes up for loads of the camaraderie you would possibly lose by bailing out of tent metropolis.

Loads of multi-day races give you the choice of assisted transportation. That most likely means packing a day bag with civvies and toiletries for the post-race so you possibly can clear up on the spot. In case you have your individual automobile it’s a fairly great way of doing it as a result of then you definately don’t have to attend round till a bus is crammed up. It does get sophisticated if the race is a point-to-point although. Having a helper alongside then turns into essential.

The racing

That is the bit about. The one key factor to understand isn’t bust your intestine and explode your self on day one. This can be a marathon not a dash (aside from the elites in fact), so tempo your self.

The perfect factor about this model of racing is how the remainder of the world simply fades away out of your focus. Every part in your life is geared round driving the bike for these few hours every day, hopefully on a number of the greatest trails you’ve ever skilled in your life.

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