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Im planning to do my first official race on the 8th of September.

 

The Makro-Fujitsu-Siemens Cycle race in PE to be excact. As this is my first race I am a bit clueless as to what to expect and what I should take with me.

 

I do not belong to a cycling club and don't pay any license fees so can I just pay my R100 entrace fee and race?

 

I am planning to do the 100km race and was wondering what I need to take with me on the road ie puncture repair kit, food wise ect.

 

Any tips from fellow hubbers will be apreciated.

 

 

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All depends on the time that you are looking to do, sub 3? a bar, a goo and two bottles of your chosen drink.

 

Looking for 5 hours, need more food and will have to stop for drinks.

 

take a tube, a bomb, tyre levers minimum. If you are worried about more punctures take two tubes some glueless patches and a pump.

 

Good luck for the race, relax and enjoy
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Thanks Foe some very good tips Im just looking to survive it not sure about what time though :-)

 

Not sure what time I'll do ,but I have been training for the last 4months doing about 40km on a daily basis with a rest day here and there so Im hoping to finish.

 

I actually wanted to do a race with not more than 60km ,but thought what the heck I might as well just do this race.

 

The other options for this race is to short for me ie 10km, 30km. I wish they had a 60km option though.

 

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wisecrack if you do 40k's a day u should be fine! I bought my 1st bike sept last year, we went to kyalami 2x per week for a few laps and did a 60km ride 1x per weekend, no other indoor training. 6 weeks later I did the Amashova race down in Durban 106km, definately a doable distance and an awesome feeling to finish a distance race for the 1st time! Enjoy!

 

 
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Wisecrack, the most important is to have a great ride, relax get into a bunch riding at your speed and enjoy. I remember my 1st ride I thought I was brave and did the 20K race. I was so nervous at the start I kept on asking the person next to me to hold my bike so I could go and widdle.  I was such a novice I heard everyone talking about gu so instead of asking and looking like the novice I was, I went of to the LBS and purchased about 10 pks of gu. Took 1 gu in the car on the way to the race another while trying to force down breakfast in the parking lot and I had'nt even started. Then 2 on my 20k race.... I was so gu'ed up I was bouncing off the walls late into the night. Then it wasn't funny but know it has become a party story!!

 

Enjoy and let us know how it went

 

Good Luck
Skye2007-08-10 10:43:14
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lol....I remember when I was still running and entered my first marathon. I was such a newb and started of to fast.

 

At the 32km mark I hit the WALL and from there on it was pure hell.

 

I did finish the race though and learnt some important lessons.

 

Thanks for the advice so far and @Joss this being PE chances are the wind will blow the whole day.

 

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I also had my first race today..................................of the year!!! Dam it was hard or is that i became a bit ...crapCry. Maybe i should train a bit more!

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Hahaha....Guys I didn't race today.

 

Read my first post it's only on the 8th of September.

 

Worked  a  12 hour night shift though so it kinda feels like I have been racing.

 

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