Cycle racing is quite fun and exciting but there are things that you need to do right especially if you are new to racing.
In case you have an upcoming race and you’re planning to win it then you are in the right place.
Below in this article I have covered a few tips that will help you become a better racer and greatly improve your performance.
Got an upcoming race? Better pay close attention to your diet. It is crucial for your body that it gets the right quantity and also quality of foods. Eating right keeps your body energised during a race and improves your training sessions as well, just make sure not to overeat. For short races you do not have to concentrate on carb loading.
Keep yourself hydrated
Like eating right, drinking right is also important and more so if you plan on winning the race next day. Avoid drinking a lot of water at once. I would recommend you to drink little water in short periods irrespective of whether you are thirsty or not.
This keeps your body hydrated throughout the day. Water is the best source of hydration and thus you should avoid juices, coffee, tea, any fizzy drinks and especially alcohol.
Have you spent months training for a big event? Well then I would advise that you taper for a week or 2. A day before the big race ensure you go for a small sharp ride of about 5-10 minutes.
This ride will ensure your enzymes remain at a high level which in turn will help you out during the race and keep you going till the end.
Have trouble Sleeping? Well if you are serious about winning the race next day its crucial you get a good night sleep on the night before. This will ensure you are refreshed and motivated on the race day.
A 7-8 hour sleep is a must and thus it is crucial you sleep early. Often racers have trouble sleeping the night before due to anxiety etc. and the best way to avoid it is to keep away your phone and laptop and anything else that can cause disturbance.
Get your bike ready
A day before the race prep up your bike well. Check your bike properly and make all the adjustments you feel are needed. Don’t have the best parts? Stop worrying and make the best of the parts and tools at your disposal. Take your bike for a short ride and check the breaks, gears, handle and seat height etc.
Plan on making a few big changed just before the race? Well if you haven’t tested these changes before it is best you avoid them. Only make changes if you’re sure about them.