Love your first Mont 24
So, it’s your first time participating in the Mont 24 and you want to make the most of it, right? Here are some hints to help you make the Mont weekend your best weekend of the year.
Ride your bike! Ride during the day, at night, on single track, on fire trail… get used to riding with people of various abilities so you’re confident overtaking slower riders and making way for faster riders safely. This will ensure you have an enjoyable ride, and minimise your risk of biting the dust.
Don’t forget the H20. It’s a good idea to figure out how much water you need to keep yourself hydrated during a big ride like the Mont 24. This is often a process of trial and error, and it’s usually more than you think. Many people find sports drinks helpful in preventing dehydration, but be careful not to drink too much. Consuming large amounts of sports drink over a short period of time can cause gastrointestinal upset.
Do plenty of stretching. The most important time to stretch is after a ride. Without stretching you will find yourself getting tighter and tighter which will not only make you extremely uncomfortable, it will increase your risk of injury. Ideally, you should be stretching on a daily basis. Make sure you include your hamstrings, quads, glutes and calves, and if you’re extra keen, your neck and chest as well.
Have a massage. If you really want to push the training hard, it’s important to give your body a good recovery phase. This should include a rest day at least once a week, and a regular massage. Massage aids in the body’s recovery by speeding up the process by which your muscles expel waste, correcting muscle imbalances, and decreasing muscle soreness. A good massage therapist will also give you advice on stretching, and may pick up potential problems before they flare into injuries.
There you have it, four simple steps to make your Mont 24 experience fun, rewarding, and hopefully injury free. And one more tip… if you haven’t started training yet, best you get on your bike quick smart. If you’re gonna ‘ride the kow’ you may as well make it a good one, right?