How to set the bicycle: riding on dirty roads
Off-road cycling is not complicated and challenging as facing the cobbles of Flanders but requires a certain familiarity and some special precautions. This is so as not to damage your bike and to achieve the performance and expectations.
One of the biggest problems is punctures. This unforeseen situation can be reduced by choosing tubeless. In any case it is essential to have a repair kit and a couple of spare air chambers that can, for convenience, be taped on the frame. In addition to this we must also pay attention to the type of wheels chosen, these will also affect the performance and rigidity of the bicycle.
How to dress: choosing the cycling kit
Now that the bike is ready to face the Sienese dirt, we need to think about the appropriate clothing for this race. Inside the race package there will be a Neo Jersey customized Strade Bianche and a technical vest - produced with Sitip fabrics - that can be used during the competition. Time, unfortunately, may not be on your side: you need to be ready for whatever situation arises. What we recommend is to have more options to opt considering both a winter kit or a spring one. The choice depends on the outside temperature and the intensity of the rhythm that you want to keep during the race. Surely what you can not miss is a protection to bring with you in case of sudden bad weather.
What to eat during the competition:
During Strade Bianche, getting a good result is given by a set of factors that mix in a perfect alchemy: training, planning, mental preparation and adequate nutrition both in the days before and during the race. What is important is to manage the energies and efforts in the most performative way. The management of energy and intensity of the race is an extremely subjective element. Our advice is not to get caught up in the enthusiasm of the initial stages but to conserve some energy for the last 30 kilometers since they have considerable difficulties. To support you during the race, it is essential to bring, in the back pockets, everything you need to reintegrate. Studying the route and deciding in advance what is necessary, what refreshments there will be to fill the water bottles and eat is essential to complete the race without problems.
For all the advice on the feeding plan to follow, we recommend that you contact the most experienced and partners of the race as Named Sport.