The Reggie Ramble is developing quickly! The gravel race is July 9-10 in Warkworth, Ontario. The course is exclusive in that there are three totally different loops, so you possibly can improve your distance by doing the primary, second, or third. It is not simply three laps of the identical course, both. The three distinctive loops begin and end at Warkworth Fairgrounds, with the shortest being 65km, the second 130km and the third 200km.
Andrew Randell, former skilled bicycle owner and 2002 nationwide champion, has some recommendation for you if that is your first time.
“Reggie is a good race as every loop will get tougher the additional you go,” says Randell. “It is a actually difficult race, however very rewarding.”
Randell encourages these making an attempt out their first gravel race to keep in mind that it isn’t nearly unpaved roads, extra technical abilities are sometimes wanted. “Gravel racing is not only about utilizing knobby tires on rocky and grime roads. You need to strive driving some trails earlier than the occasion and work on the switchbacks and the drop offs,” he mentioned. “It is good to get used to how your bike feels so you’re feeling snug on the occasion.
Using inside your limits is vital, says Randell. “It’s important to keep in mind that even the 65km circuit will nonetheless be 3 hours. Do not comply with riders who’re too quick for you, otherwise you’ll explode.” Additionally, since a part of the course is technically difficult, you will wish to be contemporary and targeted.
Since Reggie is in July, it may very well be very popular. Randell says that vitamin and hydration are very important to a profitable trip on Reggie. “You wish to try to eat about 300 energy an hour. Some want extra, others much less. Since there are not any feeding areas till you come back to the fairgrounds, you will wish to be ready. For the 65 km circuit, he suggests three bottles of water. He additionally says to think about liquid vitamin as a substitute of bars. “It is a lot simpler to drink your meals in a gravel race, then attain into your pockets on bumpy roads and attempt to pull out a bar.”
Should you’re new to gravel, you will rapidly be taught that there are quite a lot of totally different opinions about gear. Tires, positioning, footwear. Randell stresses the significance of testing any new gear properly prematurely. “Crucial strategy to discover out what works for you possibly can usually be trial and error. You do not wish to strive one thing new on race day,” he says. “So be sure every little thing is dialed in properly prematurely of race day and so they’ll be lots much less burdened.”
Should you’re occupied with driving this yr’s Reggie Ramble, you possibly can nonetheless register, however solely till June 26. You are able to do it at ReggieRamble.com