Mountain Bike Magazine SANI - Autumn 2018 - Page 161

YOUR BICYCLE PRE-RACE PREPARATION It should go without saying that your bike should be in perfect working order – but we are saying it anyway. It will be subjected to severe riding conditions and we recommend that you replace any old parts that may not survive the 263km. Select tyres that are suitable for harsh conditions. Substantial mud, seriously steep descents, jagged rocks and tough thorns may be encountered. The use of tubeless tyres is highly recommended. Check your slime levels and top up slime. MAINTENANCE Get to know your bike intimately so that you can detect and remedy even the smallest fault before it becomes a major problem. Bring with you your own “perishables” like brake pads, slime, plugs, bombs, tubes, master links, lube etc. Various bike shops will provide repairs and servicing in the race villages. We anticipate high demand for their services, so draw on them only when absolutely necessary. Replacement parts will be sold at normal retail prices. BIKE WASH This year Talisman has partnered with Cemsa to provide systems uniquely designed to wash 4 500 bikes each day. Please don’t expect a spit and polish. You are welcome to do this yourself – in fact, we recommend it as this is when you’ll often discover issues that need to be addressed. Your bike will be taken from you on the fi nish line. Please stop your GPS unit and remove it from your bike. STORAGE & SECURITY Your bike will be stored in a “Bike Park” with 24-hour staff ed security after you have had it washed and serviced. If you have taken a mechanic package, ensure your bike shop stores your bike in this area overnight. It is strongly advised that you bring a bike cable and combination lock for additional security. Despite our best eff orts, the race cannot be held responsible for any loss of bikes, components or accessories. Bike parks are not undercover so bikes will get wet if it rains. There is no bike park in Scottburgh so please make your own arrangements here. SUPPORTERS We encourage family and friends to support their riders during the event. Supporters are most welcome to meet riders at the designated spectator points on each day of the race. Collect your spectator map from registration at Glencairn Farm. The sani2c route closely follows the Underberg to coast tar road, the R612. Day 1 and 2 have three spectator points and Day 3 has two spectator points. All the roads that are marked roads for supporters are passable and mostly good. Any vehicle can use them. SUPPORTERS OVERNIGHT PLAN Due to the fact that the race villages are at their full capacity, we cannot accommodate supporters in the race villages. Supporters need to be fully self-suffi cient and stay outside of the race villages. There is strict control at the race villages and only riders will be allowed access to the rider areas. Supporters will be restricted to fi nish line areas only. Supporters and back- up personnel using camper vans etc, need to register and book their sites. MOBILE HOMES, CAMPER VANS AND PRIVATE CAMPING All camper vans, caravans etc, need to book and pay for parking. This includes parking at Glencairn Farm, Mackenzie Club and Jolivet. Please email Sandra (judy@sani2c.co.za) to request banking details and to secure your booking. Please note that drivers/supporters will not be allowed into the race villages. It is R1 000 for all 3 nights. All your camper van crew and vehicles will need to be registered. An area and a site will be allocated for your team. Please book access