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.
  • Set 2 x alarms!
  • 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!!