BE­FORE TAK­ING YOUR RIDE TO EX­TREMES

Cycling Plus - - TRAINING CAMP -

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!

FEED UP

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

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