departure and you are packing for the
trip, you’ll be happy you were thinking
about all this five months ahead.
7) Be patient. Two hundred miles is a
really long way to go, and fighting early
on to gain 10 seconds here and there
could end up costing you 10 minutes
later on. Trust us when we say you’re
going to feel a whole lot worse at mile
150 than at mile 50. Patience.
8) The checkpoints are very well
organized and super exciting (you’ve
just made it through another leg of the
race. Trust us, you’ll be elated!), but they
can be confusing for anyone who’s
riding all day long. Have someone wait-
ing for you when you cross the timing
strip of the checkpoint who can shout,
“Hey, follow me! We’re parked over
here.” It’ll save you from wasting time
wandering around looking for your crew.
9) Keep track of your time in the
pits. The more time you spend stopped
extends the time that it will take for you
to cross the finish line, but, more
important, you might lose the wheel
of those riders who have a similar
pace that can work with you.
10) Line selection. There are many
times out on the course where you
will have to navigate your way to be
on the smoother part of the course.
All it takes is one sharp rock and
you will end up with a sliced
sidewall, which can be avoided by
looking ahead. ■