Racer Preparations, a Missed Connection, and Another Profile

We’re coming up on 3 weeks to go – are you ready?

At this point it’s worth starting to think about what you’ll pack and how you’ll pack it, and maybe going for a ride with that gear packed the way you’ll have it on race day.  It’s also smart to plan for having your bike ready to go – making sure that your drivetrain and brakes are in good shape (are your brake pads still good?) and that everything is properly tightened.  Racks and bottle cages are notorious for coming loose, but also check your crank bolts, bar and stem, etc.  There’s nothing worse than being all psyched up for a race and then having a mechanical issue prevent you from finishing.  Many of those mechanical issues are preventable – so check everything over thoroughly.  Talk to your local bike shop if you’re not confident doing this yourself; a couple of bucks to your mechanic (or a good cup of coffee) is a small price to pay for peace of mind.

Missed connection: Kate, we’re glad you’re interested in the race – the message you sent must have had a typo in your email address though.  Please send us an email and we’ll get you set up.

And another profile – here’s a guy who is ready to race!

Jon Laterveer

Hometown: Winnipeg

What is your age?  41

What inspired you to enter the Actif Epica bike challenge? Spending a day and hopefully not all night riding my fatbike sounds like fun. I am looking forward to big prairie skies and the challenge of needing more than “strength” to finish.

Can you tell us something interesting about how you are preparing, or something interesting you have experienced while preparing? I am riding my fatbike on a variety of beautiful winter trails. I have found that creating a “system” to survive the cold is almost as much fun as riding.

What would you like to say to everyone who think you are crazy for attempting this challenge? “You will never know how far you can run unless you run”


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