The local UK enduro race scene is booming with race series’ popping up all over the country, giving us a huge choice of venues to race at. If you’re thinking about taking part in your first enduro race, it can be a daunting prospect but it needn’t be. We have compiled a short guide to help you prepare for your first race so you can just concentrate on having a good time!
- Train – Depending on how far in advance you sign up to the race, try and get down the gym and out on your bike to get some solid training in. This will minimise your suffering come race day, and will help you survive the day in one piece.
- Get your bike ready – the last thing you want after having paid race entry, travelled however far and spent however much on accommodation, is to suffer a mechanical on the first stage. The week before the race, make time to give your bike a proper once over. Check the condition of cables, brake pads and tyres, ensure your drive train is clean and set up correctly, check and tighten all nuts, bolts and axles, make sure both brakes are bled and working properly and your dropper post is clean and operational. If you don’t have time to do this, hand it over to your local bike shop for the once over.
- Check out last years race – if you are unfamiliar with the race or the trails, check out any videos from previous years races’ on Youtube if there is any, and also have a search on Strava for any rides from last years race. This will help give you an idea of the kind of terrain there is, what sort of trails, any big or technical features you should be aware of and also how long the day will be in terms of miles and climbing elevation.
- Leave nice and early – if you’re not staying over nearby to the race the night before, make sure you give yourself plenty of time in the morning to make your way there. If you end up rushing, your stress levels will shoot up and you’ll likely forget something! If possible, pack the car up the night before when you have a clear mind so that all you have to do in the morning is get up and go.
- You can’t take enough food or water – Assuming you are driving to the race, load your car up with plenty of water and food. Not all races will have a race village where you can buy food and drink, some races don’t even have running water so be prepared and bring plenty of water and food with you.
If you are an experienced racer and can think of any other good advice to give to first timers, please let us know and we will add it to the list!
If you are thinking of entering your first race, our 10 week Enduro Race Program
is designed to improve your strength, fitness, flexibility and skillset to get you fully prepared for your enduro race.
If you have any comments or questions, we would love to hear from you so please get in contact!