So you’ve registered to ride the Clare Classic or are seriously considering signing up and riding the April 8 event … but what comes next?
There are many aspects to consider before a Gran Fondo, especially one being held in the stunning Clare Valley – a standout destination even without the added bonus of the world-class cycling.
To keep things simple here are the three main factors you need to focus upon as the Clare Classic draws near.
1 – Accommodation
Located 130km from Adelaide, riders will have the choice of spending the weekend in the stunning Clare Valley or driving up on the day. With start times from 8:30am on Sunday April 8, making the day trip from Adelaide will be an option for some.
But if you’re planning to spend several days and nights in the Clare Valley (highly recommended by us!) it’s important to book your accommodation as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
For local accommodation options speak with the specialists at the Clare Valley Wine, Food and Tourism Centre. You can phone them on 08 88422131 or visit www.clarevalley.com.au
There’s also limited availability on AirBnB – search Clare Valley at www.airbnb.com.au for more.
2 – Fitness & Preparation
The second major factor you need to consider is your fitness and personal preparation for the event. With two months to go there’s still plenty of time to be building your base and getting some kilometres into the legs.
Clare Classic Training Partners MegaSpin ( 187 Rundle Street Adelaide ) are experts in all things training and bike fitness – they offer spin classes in their Adelaide CBD store and also lead several shop rides each week. Contact Claud or Roxanne on 08 8223 3315 or visit www.megabike.com.au
3 – Your Bike
After the training and preparation for your chosen 50, 110 or 160km event, the next most important factor is the condition of your bike. When was it last serviced? Is it up for the challenge? What’s the condition of the tyres?
In the months and weeks leading up to the Clare Classic we’d strongly recommend you book your bike in for a thorough service with a reputable mechanic. Again the professionals at MegaBike in Rundle St Adelaide can help – but book early as it can be a very busy store.