- Have your bike serviced before the ride – ensure your brakes are in working order and both tyres are pumped up well.
- Adjust your bike to fit you properly to prevent aching backs or knees and get your bike mechanics checked.
- Learn how to do basic repairs, especially punctures – this will save you time off the bike during the event.
- Practice basic bike handling skills such as gear changing, drinking fluids while riding, braking, cornering, descending, riding in traffic and riding in groups.
- As your body can only store a limited amount of carbohydrates, you can increase your store directly before the event by carb loading. For three to four days before the event, increase your carbohydrate intake. During this time, eat less high-fat food because it makes you feel full and you won’t be able to eat the carbohydrates. On the morning of the event, eat a high-carb breakfast one to four hours before the event to top up your carbohydrates one last time.
- Maintaining the right level of hydration is essential. Ensure you maintain a steady intake of fluids throughout the event, consisting of both water and electrolytes.
- Ensure you are always sun safe.
Items to pack
- You will need a few items with you during the ride including your mobile phone with the ride app (coming soon) downloaded, personal identification, two water bottles and a bicycle repair kit (spare tube, pump, puncture repair kit and tyre levers).
- Pack a bag containing what you need for overnight. Include clothing for the village (don’t forget your 80’s costume!), sleepwear, fresh kit for day two, toiletries, sleeping bag, pillow and mattress. Label your items using the luggage labels you’ll receive at pack pick up – these include your participation number so that we can match your bags to their rightful owners.
- Wear comfortable riding clothes including any official MACA Cancer 200 event jerseys or your team jerseys, helmet, event wristband, fundraising reward sleeves.
- Include wet weather gear if necessary.