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A wise racer will understand that a race does not begin when the starting gun is fired but it starts much before the actual bicycle race event and involves doing extensive training as well as preparation. This means that unless you are well prepared for the bicycle race event you won’t get much joy out of the race. So, it is necessary to learn how to be well prepared and this in turn requires following a few useful and effective tips.
The first thing that you will need to do in case you plan on participating in a bicycle race event is call up the race promoter and obtain from them a race flyer as well as entry form. In the US, most bicycle race events are listed online and by state as too by region. This means that you can easily get all the relevant information related to the race day including starting times, different racing categories, distance of the race, directions as well as release forms.
In order to avoid having to stand in line you must be sure to preregister and be well informed about how to reach the race venue. Before the actual bicycle race event you must also ensure that you thoroughly check up your equipment and bicycle and do so at least two days prior to the actual race as this will allow you time to make any necessary repairs should they be required.
Next, on the morning of the bicycle race event you must pack your race as well as post-race attire, helmet, tools and extra parts. It also helps to have your bag containing your gear packed and waiting for you by the door in your room. Also, remember to pack some good food because the race venue seldom provides appetizing or healthy food.
You should also prepare a checklist to ensure that you do not forget anything of importance including your riding shoes. Before the bicycle race you should have a relaxed night and you must remember to eat an appetizing meal prior to going to sleep.
It also helps to arrive at the race day venue as early as possible and then before the actual bicycle race event you should do a few practice laps to get warmed up. Be sure to drink plenty of water and also visit the facilities prior to the start.
A bicycle tour is really more leisurely as compared to a race and touring involves traveling by your bicycle just to enjoy a journey and not to win a race. There are different kinds of tours available though most of them last for a day or two while others are more long distant as seen in the tour that takes you from Paris to Brest and back to Paris.