Port to port 2016

Now that you’ve registered for Port to Port MTB 2016, it’s time to take a look at the best ways to prepare your mind and body for the race. Whether you’re racing the full four days or taking your pick of one of the stages, we have some tips to help riders of all fitness and skill levels prepare for the terrain they’ll face during Port to Port MTB 2016.

With a multi-day stage race you’ll face a different mix of punishing climbs, long descents, single tracks and fire trails with the need to backup each day, meaning your training needs to prepare your body specifically for these demands.

Start with training that will prepare you for the equivalent of what you’ll face at each stage during Port to Port and build up to riding for a few hours each session until you start to feel comfortable. It’s also a good idea to try going at it two days in a row, to see how your body will pull up after a full day of riding before having to do it all again the next day.

It is important to make sure you recover properly after each training session and after each stage of the race. Stretch out the legs, treat yourself to a massage treatment or simply put your feet up before getting a good night’s rest.

Keep fuelled and hydrated, whether it is with water or a drop of the Hunter’s finest at end of the Day 2. Our advice is to keep it simple when it comes to food choices to ensure that you have ample time to digest, things like bananas, energy gels and sandwiches are a good choice for during the race.

Pack all the essentials you’ll need during the race, especially spare parts that are unique to your bike, you want to make sure you have all the equipment you need to get you through the each stage.

Slow and steady wins the race, remember it is a 4 day event so pace yourself and be strategic about the efforts you put in at each section to avoid burning yourself out for minimal gains.

Remember to have fun, enjoy yourself and take a moment to admire all the beautiful scenery along the way.