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How to Prepare for a Big Cycling Event 3

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Packing and Preparing


Check your bike. About a week before the event, check your bike for possible issues. Here's a quick checklist to help you out:
  • Check the tires for cuts or bald patches. If any are larger than 3 mm (⅛ in), or if you see any fibers poking through, replace the tire.

  • Spin each wheel. If it wobbles more than 3 mm (⅛ in) to the side, it needs adjustment. If you can bend it to the side by hand, replace the wheel bearings.

  • Replace the brake pads if wear is approaching the marked line. Adjust them if they are not squarely on the rims.

  • Tighten your handlebars if they're loose.

  • If your gears aren't shifting smoothly, reindex them. Confirm by hand that you can't push the derailleur past its maximum limit (the lowest gear).

  • Only replace a worn chain if you have time to spare. A new chain may not work with worn gears. Lubricating the chain should help.


Pack a bike repair kit. Assemble a light package to bring along on the race. Include the following components, and make sure you know how to use each one:
  • CO2 cartridges and inflator.

  • Tire levers

  • Mini bike multi-tool

  • Two bicycle tubes


Plan your snacks and water intake. Stash high-carb, low-fat snacks in a fanny pack or pockets, so you can eat them on the go. Dried fruit, bagels, energy bars, and energy gel are all good options.  Drink plenty of water or sports drinks along with the food, and frequently throughout the race. It's easy to forget to eat and drink while you're full of adrenaline. Don't make that mistake.
  • Too many carbs can cause nausea, especially if you're using concentrated sources like energy bars or gel. Try them during your regular training sessions, so you have time to switch to a food that works better for you.


Pack other necessities. Check the weather forecast. In cold weather, bring a light, warm jacket, gloves, and leg warmers. Pack sunscreen, cash, and your identification card.
  • Check well in advance to see whether a racing license is required. Buy it in advance and bring it to the race, or confirm that you can buy it in person on race day.


Prepare the morning of the race. Arrive at the race with plenty of time to spare. Go through the following checklist to prepare for a great experience:
  • Check your bike for problems one last time. Adjust tire pressure if necessary.

  • Register as soon as you can to avoid a line.

  • Warm up before the race begins.

  • Move to the start line once you notice a group forming, so you can get a good position.