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Mastering the Wines 2 Whales: Start smart, finish strong!

As you gear up for this epic adventure through picturesque landscapes and challenging terrains, it's crucial to keep one mantra in mind: navigate what you can influence. Lets delve into the art of focusing on the small things within your control, leaving you better prepared and mentally fortified for the race of a lifetime.

Don't Obsess Over the Finish Line

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty of race preparation, let's address the elephant in the room: the finish line. While it's the ultimate goal, fixating on it can make it seem unattainable and sap your confidence. Instead, take a step back and adopt a more zen-like approach.

Control the Controllable

Imagine the race as a puzzle – a mosaic of smaller, manageable pieces. Your job is to master each piece individually, with faith that the bigger picture will come together beautifully.

Equipment: Your Trusted Steed

Your bike is your trusty companion on this adventure. Ensure it's in perfect working order. Check the tires, brakes, gears, and suspension. Make necessary repairs or adjustments well in advance. Trust us; a smoothly functioning bike can make a world of difference.

Nutrition & Strategy: The Fuel for Success

Control what goes into your body and how you plan to tackle each day. Practice your race-day nutrition and hydration strategy during training rides. Find what works best for you and stick to it. After all, you're the captain of your own ship.

Route Strategy: Know Thyself

Each rider has a unique approach to tackling the course. You know your strengths and weaknesses better than anyone. On race day, remember: "Easy on the hard stuff and hard on the easy stuff." Tailor your route strategy to play to your strengths.

Skill Level: Safety First

Mountain biking is an adventure, not a daredevil stunt. If you encounter an obstacle that feels beyond your skill level, there's no shame in dismounting and walking it. Everyone walks an obstacle at some point in their cycling journey. Don't risk your race for a moment of bravado.

Excitement & Enthusiasm: Savor the Moment

As you ride through breathtaking landscapes, don't forget to look around and soak in the beauty around you. You're in one of the most awe-inspiring places on Earth, racing on two wheels. Appreciate the present moment – it's bound to take your breath away. Don't let fear take anything away from you on this journey.

Partnership: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

If you're riding with a partner, remember that you're a team. You'll both have great days and tough days. Be understanding, patient, and supportive, knowing that you'll rely on each other in different ways. Keep the camaraderie alive, and the gees will carry you through.

Fellow Riders: Share the Journey

Remember, everyone around you shares the same goal – to conquer the Wines 2 Whales. Respect your fellow riders and their unique experiences. Be kind, be understanding, and above all, be lekker

The Power of Visualization

As the race draws near, it's essential to strike a balance between visualizing your desired outcome and focusing on what's within your control. Visualize yourself crossing the finish line triumphantly, but also visualize yourself handling each challenge along the way - us mountain bikers are tough cookies.

So, as you prepare to embark on the epic adventure of the Wines 2 Whales mountain bike stage race, remember to control the controllables. Focus on the small things that are well within your grasp, and the big picture will take care of itself. Keep your equipment in top shape, fine-tune your nutrition and strategy, tailor your route approach, prioritize safety, savor the experience, nurture your partnership, and be kind to your fellow riders.

In the end, it's not just about the finish line; it's about the journey, the camaraderie, and the memories you'll create along the way. So, stay positive, stay committed to the gees, and above all, stay in control. See you at the start line (and at the bar), ready to conquer the Wines 2 Whales!

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All images by @wines2whales/Sam Clark



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