Tour de France cycling arsenal

Your De France got you? Here are 6 tips for preparing your cycling arsenal

If you’re anything like us, you’re super excited about the 10th of September for the Jells Park to Sky High 60km return ride. This particular ride is recommended for regular riders who aren’t afraid of sizing up and tackling a few hills, and this estimated 3.5 hour ride promises to be both scenic and challenging.

The morning wraps up with a BBQ lunch, and trust us; after riding the Mountain Highway through Olinda to Mount Dandenong and back to Jells Park, you’re going to want that lunch. You can sign up just by paying the $50 fee, and after you’re all entered all there is to do is double check your bike accessories and start planning for your ride.

The organisers do note that if you’re after mechanical support, any kinds of refreshments or gels during the race or any kind of insurance that you are responsible for organising that yourself. We want you to have the most successful day possible, so we have come up with a list of six tips for prepping your cycling arsenal so that nothing stands in the way of your personal best.

Train for it 

You want to make sure you have a dozen (at least) group rides under your belt.

This is going to ensure that you are prepared for riding alongside all of the other cyclists that are going to cycling with you. Observe group riding etiquette and ensure that you are familiar with how to position yourself in the pack.

Don’t focus too much on specific training – just get out there and have a good time.

You might be the fittest person in the pack, but if you don’t know how to get your race on, then you might have troubles. Make sure you know where the climbs are, and prepare to ensure that you don’t get puffed out too early.

Maintain your bike 

A day before the race you need to make sure that your bike maintenance has been completed.

Don’t leave anything down to chance – test it all. Clean your chain and make sure you wipe down your whole bike with baby wipes. A clean bike is going to make you feel a whole lot happier come the day of the ride, and you won’t feel embarrassed about dirty marks or smears.

Eat right the day before – and the day of – the ride 

Make sure you have something healthy, nothing too crazy or out there, and don’t go heavy on the carb loading. Just eat a normal, balanced meal and make sure you get plenty of sleep. The morning of the ride why not have something light, and perhaps pack some energy gels. The last thing you want is to be feeling heavy. You want to drink a sports drink prior to the race or have one to sip on as you go.

Get your drinks and nutrients prepared and chilled the night before  

Don’t be fussing around with your drinks and gels the morning of the big ride, just get them all ready and laid out the night before so you can simply head off and start riding.

Know where you’re going

This isn’t technically part of your cycling arsenal but it is important – make sure you know how to get to the start point and arrive in plenty of time to find a park or to cycle there if it’s not too far away from your house.

Have a mechanical kit

You don’t want to be caught short without a fresh tyre or a pump. Pack a kit of your usual cycling arsenal and make sure you are well-versed in changing your tyre or patching if you need to.

We hope you enjoy this fun Melbourne ride – it’s sure to be a classic and we can’t wait to see the fun unfolding.

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