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Training Essential Tips – Ryan Hodierne
The Right Set-Up It is essential that your bike is set up correctly for you. Whether you’ve had the savvy to fine tune it yourself or have gone for the advice of a professional, this process is a crucial one prior to spending long hours in the saddle. There are a few bicycle retailers that offer this service, however there aren’t many that are certified fitters. Look out for the following names when it comes to bike fit specialists:
Do understand that bike fitting is a process and that alterations made during the fitting are a starting point for the rider to which minor tweaks may be necessary over the weeks that follow. The changes made will require some adaptation, thus patience and an understanding of the process is vital. However the benefits thereafter truly are worth it. With this all in mind, I do feel that if you are already comfortable with your current set-up and have no discomfort or niggles over long durations – don’t fix it if it isn’t broken.
During multi-stage events or tours such as Nedbank Tour De Tuli, it’s not necessarily the long days in the saddle that the riders find tough to deal with, but rather the requirement of having to wake up the following morning and after a long day having to do it all over again.
With only a few weeks to go, you should be easing off on the high mileage now. Cramming in higher mileage at this stage will in turn be more detrimental than of benefit. If your body isn’t use to long hours in the saddle, you risk the scenario that for every long day you spend in the saddle, you take 4 days to recover – this isn’t regarded as constructive training.
Keeping in mind that stage riding involves consecutive days in the saddle, it is a good idea to plan your training, or make longer single rides, into multiple rides. For example, if you are planning a 5 hour ride this coming weekend, aim to get 2 hours in on Saturday afternoon and then back it up with 3 hours on Sunday morning. Or an alternative could be, 3 hours Saturday morning and 2 hours that same afternoon. By breaking the distance or duration into smaller portions, you are giving the body time to rest and recover, as well as get in vital nutrients in preparation for the next bout. This method of training will still yield the benefits required for stage riding.
Be in your Best Shape on Ride Day
Having taken part in events of all kinds, I always find it shocking to hear of the amount of people who pull out of the event before they even get to the start line. Although the reasons may be a plenty and some unavoidable, I believe there are ways we can better ensure we make it to that start line:
By taking the above mentioned points into account, you could better ensure you line up on the start line come event day feeling prepared and raring to go.
The Right Spares
Although there are bike mechanics at each camp, I would recommend you try be as self-sufficient with spares as possible. The primary reason for this is that most of us ride different bikes and have varied preferences, thus the spares one carries are often not compatible for the next. Below are the top spares I suggest you carry with you on route, each day:
If you have entered the Nedbank Tour de Tuli, and have not ridden a multi-stage mountain bike event before, please do not under estimate the amount of training required prior to the start of the event.
The Tour will cover approx. 70 km – 90 km of off road riding per day over four consecutive days. The back groups could be out on the road for a good 8 hours, therefore preparing for time in the saddle and endurance riding is essential. Due to the fact that the route is predominantly single track, we will not be able to access much of it and therefore sweeping will not be an option for most of the ride route.
Whilst we will accommodate some form of sweep vehicle it will be allocated specifically to those who are sick or injured. If you have entered this event, WE WILL EXPECT YOU TO HAVE TRAINED & BE ABLE TO RIDE THE DISTANCE EACH DAY.
Tips on How to Manage During the Event:
Together with riding professionals, we have developed a comprehensive training guide to assist you in preparing for the best possible Nedbank Tour de Tuli experience.