BEFORE TAKING YOUR RIDE TO EXTREMES
Trans-Alp mountain bike racer Hannah Attenburrow reveals her preparation routine…
HEADSET IN THE ZONE
Get a thorough bike service, including changing the bottom bracket and headset, and check you have spares. I went through two chains and two sets of brake pads over the Alps. Knowing how to change things like this is vital.
GET A GRIP
The amount of climbing you’ll do in a mountainous multistage event will vary, but it will be a lot. As a mountain biker I’ve found ergonomic grips made my wrists more comfortable, but practise in advance and find what works for you on your bike.
SKIP THE TUBE
I converted to tubeless tyres. In eight days of riding in an alpine environment I didn’t get a puncture!
Breakfast on as many carbs as possible and never rely solely on feed stations. I carry enough food for five hours including two bananas, two Clif Bar shot bloks, gels, dates, peanuts and fluids.
GO FOR GOAL
Set your ride goals and be honest. If you’re ‘in it to win it’ look for a companion who shares your ambition. If you want to stop for photos ride with someone who’ll admire the view with you. Follow Hannah’s progress on beyondthemud.co.uk
Cycle coach and adventurer Hannah tackles the Alps