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The International Track Series – Gearing Up For Australia’s 81st Melbourne Cup On Wheels

June 23, 2017 Sports No Comments Email Email

If you’ve been waiting for the whirring of tires and pushing of pedals which comes with the Melbourne Cup On Wheels (MCOW) you’re in luck.

With the end of July fast approaching, and the days contracting into cold nights, it’s probably time you started getting your preparations in order. The starting line is getting closer.

Whether you’re a rider, an enthusiast or a first time spectator, MCOW offers you a thrill. Here’s an inside guide to get your pedals in-tune with your mettle.

Saddle Up

If you’re lucky enough to be in the position to purchase a new bike, there’s no time like the present to check out your local bike shop and grab the bike of your dreams.

If you’re brand new to riding, or looking to change up your wheels, speak to a consultant – they’re often filled with great tips and ideas on how to get the best performance out of your bike. They’re also able to recommend optimum frame sizes, frame weights, and wheel types compatible with your riding goals (sprints, road races, track cycling).

Once you’ve selected a shiny new ride, it’s time to go about the fun task of putting it through its paces. As with burning in a bike after a service, a new bike also needs to be tested and put through a regimen. Try to give yourself ample time to do this between purchasing and the start of the race.

Service Department

If you’re looking to don lycra and saddle-up in July, it’s most likely time for you to book in a bike service. A professional service will ensure that your cogs are clear, your brakes don’t break, and that all moving parts of your speedster spin speedily.

Make sure to test out and wear-in any new customisations before the race.

Even a simple change to tension somewhere on the bike can make a huge difference to how you ride. Break-in any changes in a location where you’re comfortable and not rushed – so you can fully test the bike in a range of scenarios.

Great Spec-tators

Part of the joy of cycling is getting to be a part of a large community of fellow enthusiasts, and one of the best ways to enjoy this is by being a spectator.

MCOW runs over 5 days, with events broken up according to race type, age group, and proficiency. If you’re more interested in sprints than pursuits or keirin, get online and work out a timetable which suits your individual tastes and requirements.

Health Tips

5 days on the track is testing on both riders and spectators. If you’re in it for the long haul, there are steps you can take to keep yourself healthy and ready for any action.

Firstly, sun protection is a must. Don’t be fooled into thinking that the winter sun is harmless. At the end of 5 days without sun protection, you’ll definitely wish you had come better prepared. Also make sure to bring ample hydration and food. Even if there is food and drink onsite and nearby, it’s always a good idea to keep supplies on hand in case of emergency.

If you’re taking part in a race, it’s also important to keep essential repair gear on hand – tubes, puncture glue/cement, pump, and lubricant. There’s no such thing as being too prepared.

MCOW is a wonderful event which brings the cycling community together over 5 days in July. It’s an event where spectators and riders equally enjoy the atmosphere, and where battles are fought and friendships formed. If you’re taking part, it’s time to get your preparations in order – the fun is about to begin!

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