Road: Pontus Andersson drove his first’s Vätternrundan already as 18 year old and since then has not missed a single Edition. With a total of 27 rounds behind him, he has seen everything and knows what to consider if you want to do around the Lake. Cadence has squeezed Pontus at his best tips.
Vätternveteranen Pontus first advice is to try to set up in the shorter race before d-day in Motala. There are plenty of races where you can get to know on klungkörning, practice to ensure their place in the Group and pick up good tips from other cyclists.
-Practice at all. Finding the right in the start field, to understand the unspoken rules of the peloton and how you should position yourself well in the edge of the wind. The more experienced you are, the more energy and focus, you can put on the bike, says Pontus.
During Vätternrundan is often formed huge clusters and to lie far back in such a can certainly give you great traction, but for every time this long rubber band is stretched in curves and tempo changes, it becomes increasingly harder to chase up again.
– The best thing is to be well ahead in such a cluster, or to form their own small group itself. Is it a bunch of already before have planned to run together so it helps, of course, if you also have trained together, he says.
The race is an achievement for all bicycle helmets, regardless of what the clock stays on when going into the goal. Pontus says it is important not to be too strict in their own goal. It is only destructive to go home from Motala with a sense of having failed.
-Do not put up an absolute target. Was open to very unexpected might happen and that you may need to reschedule or shifting focus.
To mentally divide the round in stages is a proven tool.
– Concentrate only on to cycle up to the next Depot. And to think rather that you have cycled four miles than you have twenty-six left.
Pontus think not having to attach so much importance to the slopes. Vätternrundan is a relatively flat course, and of all the hours you sit in the saddle will last only a few minutes spent in the uphills.
– Take the motluten at your own pace in the comfort you Lose your team. it will always be new you can catch on after a while again.
What do I have to have? Bike and helmet is obvious, but in addition to this, mention Pontus cycling shoes, cycling shorts, hose, pump and tyre levers as the absolute minimum.
– Otherwise, you can do so as long as you go into stores and fill up with fluid and energy.
But, of course, becomes the race more comfortable the more prepared you are. Pontus recommends bringing bike clothing for all types of weather to Motala. A lot can happen in the forecast before you’re standing at the starting line, and rain jacket do more good in your luggage than at home in the closet. Warmer garments are good during the night and these leave you easily from you in depots where the Sun would look up.
– Knee warmers or long pants is also necessary if you want to be scared about their leads in the chilly night, says Pontus.
Not to try something new is an established recipe for a well performed race. New bike, new seating, new pants or gloves can cause big troubles for a few hours so make sure that whatever you use is well tested and run in. It happens, unfortunately, that it rains on Vätternrundan but even for this, it is possible to prepare to run some training sessions in the rain, you’ll get an idea of how much you will freeze, how well the clothes works and how to maneuver the bike on wet surfaces.
– Avoid staying in depots in the rain because then you become just a cold. And watch out for the painted white lines in the asphalt that can become very slippery.
Focusing further away than the wheel above becomes particularly important when the time comes for night driving and Pontus also think that you should try to be extra vigilant around the hour of dawn.
“Many people feel that their reaction time is a little bit worse. It’s probably something biological phenomenon when the body begins to adapt from night to day and you can feel a bit lethargic in the transition.
Drinking, sleeping and eating well in the days before the race, of course, is the be-all and end-all.
I usually run a last brief and quiet that three-four days before just to feel that everything is okay with both me and the bike. Then I make sure to just rest and replenish your body, says Pontus.
There are specific carbohydrate uploads in powder form, but before you give up on it, you should be sure that your stomach can handle it. Nutritious and good food in proper portions are enough for at least as long.
Pontus intend to continue to run their Vätternrundor as long as it’s fun, but will also find new ways to challenge himself. After trying various start times and fast clusters, he made an effort to be the first in Motala in 2009. After starting among the very first in the evening he drove the thirty miles completely on his own and finished in just in time to catch the wave of Comrade with the start time of the morning.
And before Vätternrundan 2011 takes Pontus new kit with an entirely new approach – at liggcykel.
Cadence wish Pontus and all other rated good luck 17-18 June!
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