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Will Clarke
Triathlon Cycling

Should I bother riding the course before a triathlon race?

Riding the course beforehand will help you in that you’ll always know what’s coming up next and there will be no surprises come race day. You’ll also have more of an idea of how to pace the race as you’ll know the small details like how long the climbs are and where about you are on the course. It may also be a mental advantage as you become at one with the course, sometimes if we don’t know where we are or what’s next it’s hard to relax and just power round.

That said it can be a pain to ride the course, it’s very time and energy consuming, especially if you’re racing half ironman or full Ironman. The best option is to pay the area a visit well before the race and do some training there so you’re killing two birds with one stone.

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