What not to do the day before CTCT

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Don’t make dramatic bike set-up changes, the day before CTCT. Especially if you don’t have proper torque wrenches and tools. (Photo: ParkTool)
Don’t make dramatic bike set-up changes, the day before CTCT. Especially if you don’t have proper torque wrenches and tools. (Photo: ParkTool)
  • Traffic conditions can be hectic on CTCT weekend.
  • Reduce the risk of not making your CTCT start, while still enjoying your weekend.
  • And don’t let bike set-up anxiety, derail your evening.

Cape Town is a cycling city. With its abundance of road routes, bicycle lanes and mountain bike trails, it is a choice venue for European pro riders to train in summer.

And on CTCT weekend, the city welcomes cycling visitors from all over South Africa and the world. Cycling traffic increases all around the City Bowl and Atlantic Seaboard, as riding groups keep the legs in shape – and seek those best selfie locations.

But what should riders be mindful of when riding the day before their CTCT? The obvious advice is not to embark on a taxing ride – testing any of your performance thresholds. Venturing out the day before your CTCT start, should be all about getting coffee or taking in views.

Experienced riders know how easily slow-speed accidents can happen. The kind of accidents that can easily result in a broken wrist or collarbone – keeping you off the bike for weeks. And ending your CTCT before you’ve even pedalled into start chute.

Low speeds - and look ahead 

Be careful when approaching or exiting your accommodation to prevent that avoidable slow-speed crash with motorized traffic. Expect the unexpected when turning across a lane to roll into your Cape Town accommodation.

The same applies to coffee stops, lunch venues and viewpoints. Inattentive pedestrians and vehicles desperately seeking that ideal parking bay are risks to be mindful of when rolling to a recommended coffee shop or eatery.

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Cycling shoes work great on the bike. But they are tricky to walk with safely, indoors. Be careful on polished concrete or timber coffee shop floors. (Photo: Gaerne)

Take it very slow around Uber vehicles 

To avoid a car that suddenly reverses, or darts for a parking bay, requires a swift pull on the brake levers – or tweak of the handlebar - to avoid. The same applies to pedestrians exiting venues or Ubers. They might open a door and be unaware of riders approaching.

Always ride slow and be hyper-vigilant when rolling around Cape Town, on the day before CTCT.

One of the worst things you can do the day before a CTCT is to obsess about your bike set-up. What is done, is done. Don’t scroll social media or YouTube, looking at ideal set-ups.

Avoid fiddling with saddle height or brake lever position. All the adjustments that should have been made, would have happened during your CTCT training over the last few months. Fiddling with bolts and screws, which risk stripping threads or breaking small components, is a nightmare scenario the day before any CTCT.

 

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