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  1. Now that the event is officially going ahead, think a 2020 thread is appropriate! Going to be interesting seeing the vibe at the race this year. A few less teams, smaller teams, no picnics and fastest starting first. Now to get some new threads made in time
  2. Just spotted that the 2019 edition sold out in 10 minutes, this was after 3 rounds of entries, PPA, corporate and general. Obviously some events are still really popular! Looks like we have 5 teams entered For those that like to remind themselves of those 3 little bumps at the end, here is the route: https://www.strava.com/clubs/21210/group_events/554512
  3. Hey guys, I am going to do the DC with my team who all arrive in Cape Town earlier that Friday morning(23 Nov). I was hoping someone out there has a later flight like me and could help me out with a lift to Swellendam? 23 Nov 17:00 Cape Town.
  4. Event Name: Coronation Double Century 2017 When: 25 November 2017 Where: Swellendam, Western Cape Category: Road The Coronation Double Century is an annual, 202 kilometre team cycle race that is limited to 250 teams, and takes place on 25 November 2017. Participating teams can again look forward to starting and finishing in the picturesque town of Swellendam in the Western Cape. The familiar route will also see competing teams complete the most challenging climbs (the Tradouw Pass and Op de Tradouw) within the first 60 kilometres of the race. From Swellendam, cyclists follow the R324 through Suurbraak and over Tradouw Pass towards Barrydale. A left turn onto the R62 leads them to the challenging 7 kilometre Op de Tradouw stretch, before making their way to Montagu. The route then snakes through Cogmanskloof towards Ashton and Robertson, before winding left onto the R317 towards Bonnievale, and finishing in Swellendam. The cycling equivalent of an ultra-marathon, the Coronation Double Century is more than just a cycle race and all about camaraderie and team spirit. Above all, it is a hard race and participants need to have put in the necessary training to finish in comfort. Teams must reach the finish by 16h30 and there will be cut-off points along the route. Go to Event Page
  5. 1. Duct tape If there is an item more useful than this, we’re yet to find it! A standard in any mountain biker’s kit, duct tape has solved many a disaster - from wounds to broken shoes and slashed tyres. Rest easy, it adds no weight. The best way to take it with you is to wrap your CO2 canisters in it (bonus: you won’t freeze your hands if you need to inflate a tyre). 2. Cable ties Everything duct tape can’t sort out, you’ll most probably be able to fix with cable ties. The medium-sized ones are the most useful. Pack two or three in your saddle bag, taped (yes, with duct tape) to the bottom of your saddling, or even inside your seat tube. 3. Baby formula dispensers These plastic containers have separate sections allowing mums on the move to take along pre-measured single servings of baby formula. You guessed it: these are ideal for nutrition mixes (and a step up from zip-lock bags. Measure out the individual servings, label with a permanent marker and keep with your Support Vehicle Driver at the Team Support Zone. 4. Menthol sweets or peppermints Keep one in your jersey pocket. As the day wears on and your bottles have warmed, suck on the peppermint and then drink. Weirdly, it tastes colder. Peppermint is also a proven mood stimulator. 5. A small, thin rag Need to fix your chain or a tube? You’ll be pleased you packed a piece of old cycling sock or the like to wipe your hands with. Bonus Perhaps the most important thing to take along is your sense of humour. Good luck!
  6. A long, one-day stage race, such as the Coronation Double Century, has a slightly different packing list than for your regular road event. Along with plenty of tubes, chain links and even derailleur hangers, your team will want to have the following: Click here to view the article
  7. The Coronation Double Century is no Saturday morning coffee ride. You have to be fit and you have to be prepared. We speak to Johann le Roux, the only CDC participant to have completed all 22 events, about what it takes to get his team over the finish line. Click here to view the article
  8. Johann’s training for Coronation Double Century starts in July. Family and work considerations dictate his approach, but he aims for “two high quality, high intensity sessions a week”. These two critical sessions involve hill climb and lactic threshold intervals. He tries to fit in a longer “almost tempo” outing on Fridays and then on Saturdays a longer ride between three and six hours. For the first month his weekend rides would be shorter “but at a slightly higher intensity”, but after that he pushes the duration up to five to six hours with climbs thrown in to the mix. “The long rides are very important as they build endurance and the 1-tonner is an excellent pre-CDC training ride to do with the team, as a test run for the race.” Train as a team Ultimately, this is a team event and while it’s not in the rule book, a lot of teams pride themselves on getting the whole team across the finish line together. With this in mind, experienced CDC riders offer the same sound counsel: wherever possible and whenever possible, train as a team. It is ultra-marathon riding and, like a good marriage, participants are well served getting to know the strengths and weaknesses of their team. Top tip When it comes to hydration, Johann finds it vital to train with the same drinks available during the race to ensure his body and digestive system is prepared for what he’ll get on the day. Eat right In the immediate build-up to the event, Johann’s approach has universal value — be well hydrated on the day. He begins to increase his fluid intake three days before; simultaneously he ups his pasta consumption and, “on the Wednesday I will have a huge piece of steak – it works for me!” He emphasises the importance of “a good night’s sleep” on the eve of the event and then “a full, low GI breakfast two to three hours before the start” to be followed by a 750ml sports drink in the last hour. Last minute prep In that final week Johann tapers his training, reducing intensity. “I do three rides of about an hour each with a few 15 to 20 second sprints at 70 to 80 percent intensity – to keep the body awake and the blood circulation going.” Like most riders he does a day-before ride “just to ensure my bike is ready.” It’s a widely held opinion that weekend team training rides, starting at say 100kms and building up to the actual CDC distance, are the most sensible way to go and it is not a terrible idea to use both heart-rate monitors and bicycle computers in the preparation. These enable team members to do their other training rides at the same level. Mid-week rides of at least 50kms are recommended in the “amateur” ranks, with a few shorter, more intense rides on either side. Expert tips for race day Johann’s advice for the race itself is sage: for the first 150kms keep the team together with the slowest/weakest riders in front and on the flats ride single or double line formations with the stronger riders doing the longer stints. He tries to eat and drink every 15 minutes (jelly babies, banana bread and biltong) to maintain glucose levels.” The water points call for discipline: “it is important not to over-indulge – two to three cups of Coke and then fill your bottles half Coke and half water.” He recommends a steady pace to Ashton for refueling and then “when the team is ready, go – don’t hang around too long, you are just getting cold and stiff.” He says “the real race” starts into the headwind at the Breede River Bridge after which it might be incumbent on the stronger riders to drop their pace to accommodate the weaker members of their team. The three infamous climbs after the Bonnievale Cellar can be seen as a moment of truth. “With their concentration gone, some riders will be thinking of dropping out and someone needs to take charge and keep the group together and to remind them to keep eating and drinking.” Legs need to be “saved” for the three climbs left after the right turn towards Swellendam. “Maintain your pace and concentration, climb in easy gears at high cadence and low power. If possible stand every few minutes to stretch the legs and back. Drink on the downhills…and then you’re home!” It used to be about a top ten finish even if it meant dropping weaker team members. Now the main focus is to start and finish with the same group. “To see a novice in the team change from being afraid and unsure and then to see their confidence and self-belief crossing the line – that is very fulfilling.” But what really keeps him going? “It is the one event in the year in which the team is more important than the individual, everyone suffers together and everyone enjoys the satisfaction of completing yet another Coronation Double Century.”
  9. Hi, Need advice on a comfortable saddle to purchase for a Double century type ride? I find that riding with my Sella Italia SLR Carbonia is not doing it for me over distances of 150km. I need to know based from experienced riders what works for them over long distances such as DC or Epic rides. I know there are MTB specific saddles but would you recommend a specific brand for road bikes. I am looking for recommendations on make, model and whether it is ideal for integrated seat posts (fit for purpose)? Thank you in advance...
  10. swiss

    DC Accommodation

    Hi Our team were fortunate enough to secure an entry for this years DC. Now for accommodation, and it looks like most places are already fully booked. If anyone know of accommodation (or reserved accommodation and did not get an entry ) please pm me urgently. Thank you, much appreciated.
  11. Hi, we might need a rider for the DC due to an injury. I will know by end of today, but pretty sure. Aiming for 6:30 and to get 12 over the line. Everything is paid for, but you will have to pay R200-00 for substitution or ride with the other guys chip. Send PM or mail if you are interested or know of anyone. Our starting time is 07:00 so you can even sleep nice and late!
  12. Hi, We need one person to our DC team. Estimate an 8 hour DC Please let me know if you are interested?
  13. We are looking for a couple of riders that will be capable of riding sub 6:30 on the day. I got a couple of sponsors on board so everything should be covered. Kit, accommodation and entry. Riders need to join most weekend rides to bond as team and you are sure everyone is on par. Most rides will be from Bottelary with pickup in Stellenbosch. We are doing the Franschhoek route this Saturday. Drop me a mail should you be interested and I'll send details. Cheers, Invite.pdf
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