I literally can’t sleep right now. My 300 Km Brevet is tomorrow, and I started writing this article a night before my ride. I do not know if this happens with everyone, but before any cycling event sleep tends to vanish. I recently did 200 Km Brevet. In my last article, I wrote about the tips and tricks to complete a 200 km Brevet ride. Let me take you through my journey of completing a 300 Km Brevet ride. Now, these rides are tough, however with a little practice and planning these rides can be a cakewalk. 300 km cycling is the second ladder to being a super randonneur.
Preparing for 300 Km Brevet
Once you do a 200 Km Brevet your mind and body automatically adjust and get acquainted with another 100 plus Km for your next brevet. 300 km cycling is tough, but not too tough if you prepare yourself.
I do short rides of 40 to 50 km every alternate day and on the weekend I do around 100 km. This keeps my body and mind prepared for this upcoming 300 km cycling event. So you were to ask me how did I prepare and what schedule I followed? I was doing short rides during the week and longer rides of 100 Km and more on weekends.
Make sure you are training pretty good for the 300 km. Do a long ride for around 100–150 km and see how you feel. I already did 200 km so this part was covered for me.
Things to pack for 300 Km Brevet
Now considering the fact the I am doing brevets in the winter season, there are few things that you might need to consider having before you start the ride.
Even though in my last article I elaborated on how you can prepare and what to carry on brevet rides, let me tell you in a nutshell what do you actually need to carry.
- Front and rear lights (required by ACP)
- A good quality helmet
- Backup front and rear lights
- Reflective vest (required by ACP)
- Spare tire tubes
- Spare Chain
- A portable pump which can be attached to your bike’s frame
- Extra batteries for any electronic device you depend on (phone, GPS, etc.)
- Energy bars in case I get hungry during the ride
- Electrol powder/Glucon D
- Two water bottles
- ID cards and some cash (That too in change)
**Require by ACP: Mandatory things need to be carried as advised by Audax Club Parisien
In addition to these items, you need to carry anything else peculiar to your needs. Most randonneurs will carry sun-screen, and many will carry Tums, for the stomach problems that are common on long, hot rides, as well as a chamois cream, Ibuprofen, and anything else that makes long days in the saddle more comfortable.
We had a discussion today on our Brevet group about carrying eye drops for dryness. Carry it if your eyes get dry on the ride. Or else go for a cycling shade that covers your eyes completely.
The Ride Day
I got up at 4:30 AM. The flag-off was at 6:00 AM, and you at least need to reach 30 minutes before to get your brevet card and attend the briefing by ride marshall. These things are important especially if you are not doing brevet from your local club and traveling to another city to do brevets. Without clear route instruction, you will be lost.
We started at 6 AM in the morning and headed to Jaipur Sikar highway. Your body does not get too tired and the cool breeze surely helps a lot. After riding for almost about two hours, we hit our first control point.
First Control Point of 300 Km Brevet
The first control point was on Jaipur Sikar road. We rode with little effort but swiftly. Our marshal vehicle was already at the control points. We had breakfast and then headed our way to the Sikar Bikaner highway.
I would suggest not taking long breaks at control points. Try to limit your breaks, as your body cools down, the lethargy kicks in. Keep your halts short and start your ride to the next control point.
Second Control Point of 300 Km Brevet
By the time we reach our second control point it was almost noon. As usual, our marshal vehicle was there. Tiredness does not kick in till the time you cross 200+ KM in a 300 km brevet. After doing a couple of brevets I think the distance has got nothing to do with you getting tired. It is just your mind that gets tired.
The last leg of the ride is the one that is most tiring. Till the time you keep your brain keeps functioning, and it tells you that your body is not tired, your body basically does not get tired.
Third & Final Control Point for 300 km brevet
So, at exactly 150 km turn point we had our third and final control point. It took almost 8 hours to reach halfway through. Riding till the turning point is easy compared to returning back to the finish point. This I realized after having 3 flats and a busted tire. A puncture kit, spare tubes, and a spare tire, this is what I recommend that you should carry. Other riders might or might not help, like in my case, I got plenty of help from the fellow riders.
Heading back to the starting point
Heading back from the final control points in endurance rides are tough. The reason why I say it’s tough is that the body tries to take control of your mind and force you to make multiple stops.
You can make stops, however, keep a check on the clock. A firm determination and making up your mind for the last leg of the ride is essential. Ever thought while working out when your body does not listen to you when you get tired, it’s the mind which gets your body back on track. If you believe that this is something you should achieve, your body will have no choice but to align itself with your mind.
This is exactly what I did. We finished our brevet at around 10 PM, with few hours still remaining. As soon as you reach your finish point, the body rejuvenates and you no longer feel tired. I guess it’s all in the mind. So this was all about the 300 km brevet or 300 km cycling which I completed successfully. Thank you for reading, if you have any questions please drop in a comment below. I would love to answer any questions you might have.