TransX Tips – Dion Guy
After setting a new course record on the Ultra Distance in 2019, Dion Guy helped us with some pro tips on how to survive the 2020 Trans Xhariep.
These tips are mainly for rides taking on the Ultra distance, however they can be used for the shorter distance options as well.
- It can get hot out there (40C+ last year), so make sure you carry extra water on you or your bike. Use the windmills as part of your hydration strategy, if you need stop and fill your bottles. The organizers have added extra water station to the route, but that doesn’t mean you should carry less drinks, be prepared.
- It can get windy out there, so try and ride in a group if there is a headwind. Don’t focus on speed (you are fighting a losing battle) but watch power or heart rate and keep it consistent.
- Don’t underestimate the lack of hills! Less hills means more constant pedaling. Pace yourself to your abilities, it’s a long day out there.
- Just before the tar road to Van der Kloof Dam, there’s a long technical section, rocks ruts and sand. This broke a lot of people in 2019 especially knowing it must be repeated on the way back! Take your time, don’t panic and keep your sense of humor. Everyone suffers through this section, just remind yourself its only 2% of the entire distance.
- There are 3 climbs in the last 5km’s leading to the halfway point at Van Der Kloof. Again prepare yourself mentally (actually take in the view around you, especially on the dam wall)
- Make sure you are taking in carbohydrates (only 60g per hour max). The natural response of the body in these types of events is to suppress your appetite, so watch out for the last half when your body doesn’t want food but does need it.