Before Race Tips
Provided by Dave Savage from
- Preserve energy by staying calm.
- Stay ‘hyper’ hydrated. This means drinking a little more than usual to delay the onset on de-hydration.
- Familiarise yourself with the route’s and transition layout and visualise them in your head in a quiet moment.
- Eat at normal times and don’t experiment with different foods too soon to the event!
- Go for a ‘reliability ride’. Great way to ensure bike is mechanically sound before packing it up for the journey.
- Make sure any experiments with kit, food etc are done way in advance of the event.
- Try to go to bed at your usual time.
- Lay kit out on floor in the order you'll use it on race day. This way you won’t forget anything you’ll need.
- Leave your race and pre race drinks in fridge overnight. Leave a reminder note somewhere obvious (a post-it note on fridge door?) so you don’t forget it.
- Don’t forget to pack any paperwork you may need.
- Put race number on race belt the night before. (Pin number onto race belt whilst wearing race belt)
- Check weather and pack accordingly.
- Visit event website to check for any possible changes in start times, courses amendments etc.
- Check road closures / traffic disruptions. Delays en route will leave you stressed and not race ready on arrival.
- Don’t be tempted to do any huge pasta carb overload. This can disrupt sleep and leave you feeling bloated.
- Don’t forget the protein and electrolytes!
- Give yourself plenty of time to get there but not too much so you're hanging around at the race venue. This will burn nervous energy.
- Don’t be shy about asking race marshal's anything you don’t know or understand. That’s what they're there for!!