Riding your mountain bike 100 miles is a big challenge to your body, mind and equipment. Of course you’ll need to put some long hours in the saddle to be prepared, but don’t let a last minute issue ruin your day. Study up on these top ten tips to make your day a successful one.
1. Do Your Homework
Read the entire race website to learn the logistics. Get the start location, day and time right. Learn about any surprises your goal race may have. The unexpected can trip you up, such as the race starts in the dark and a light is highly recommended or you can’t park at the start line. Determine how many aid stations and what services such as drop bags are at your disposal. Line up the details of where and when you will leave your drop bag and be reunited with it.
2. The Day Before
Create a calm, organized race morning by preparing everything you need for your race the day before. Fill your bottles and hydration packs, stock up and label your drop bags, lay out your clothing, pre-make your breakfast, and prepare your bike. Put your number plate on your bike and attach the timing chip to your stem. These are two items that will create panic if they are at your back at your condo instead of with you on the start line.