In a few days' time, 35 000 cyclists will be putting months of training to the test in the Pick 'n Pay / Argus Cycle Tour. Are you one of them? Use these last-minute tips to make the best of this year's competition.
Ride for about four hours this week – all easy rides with a small amount of sprinting; do your last ride on Saturday (an easy ride, no more than one hour), using the same kit you will ride with on Sunday; collect your race number in good time and have a look at the exhibits at the V&A Waterfront and the Good Hope Centre; try and have an early night on Friday – you will sleep better than you will on Saturday; make sure that you have adequate amounts of your favourite carbohydrate drink – put it in the fridge or the freezer the night before; decide what you will take to eat on the ride, and pack it into easy-to-access bags; pin your race number on the night before, and lay out your cycling clothes for easy access in the early morning.
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