We have already established the high demands of the Yak Ru Annapurna Challenge in the previous two articles. A good deal of preparation for the Yak Ru must be dedicated to specific training for a particular set of demands. Most crucially: these demands are unlike those at any other multi-stage mountain bike event.
Yak Ru as a mountain bike race challenges participants with harsh conditions over a variety of terrain, and with the possibility of temperatures ranging between the hot arid desert to sub-zero alpine. Most cyclists who embark on the Yak Ru pose questions along the lines of how to dress in a way that is both versatile and weight-conscious but also provides a margin of comfort and safety. Here’s how we suggest you go about gearing up:
Training for an endurance event requires a mixture of different training modes. Going for long-duration rides, or ‘clocking mileage,’ seems the right activities towards building good stamina for a race such as the Yak Ru, where being able to complete each race day’s distance – and to do so day after day – is vital.
Being out in the mountains on your bike means being prepared to treat any mechanical issues that may occur. Part of the allure of riding in a beautiful but remote landscape such as Nepal’s is that element of self-sufficiency – getting through problems encountered on the ride without the help of a mechanic or anyone else besides other racers.
If you have made it this far in our series of preparation articles, surely, you must be counting down the days to go to the Yak Ru!
We have gone through the hard skills and strategies for dealing with almost every aspect of the race, except perhaps the most critical element of all. Here are four essential things to keep in mind.