Many racers had bike issues at Telemark. There were flat tires, broken chains, and even a lost crank arm. Some of this is an easy fix on the trail! Finishing a race is always better than a DNF (did not finish). If your bike breaks during a race, you have 3 options…
Can’t fix it, run your bike the rest of the race. Get the points for finishing.
Wait for a Rover, spectator, or coach to give you a tool and or help you repair it. Outside Assistance is a 5 minute penalty, but you still get points for finishing.
BEST OPTION: Have your own tools and know how to fix the issue. A rover, coach, or spectator can TALK you through the fix without a penalty.
Get the points? Yes!
What supplies should you carry in your pack?
Here are our recommendations for supplies. Check with your local bike shops to see what they have in stock.
▪ Multi-tool with a chain breaker and tire levers
▪ A pump or CO2 cartridge & valve
▪ Tube for your wheel size with the correct valve &/or tire plugs
▪ Quick links for your chain size – 10 speed, 11 speed, or 12 speed
||Quick links for your chain size – 10 speed, 11 speed, or 12 speed
Also have plenty of water and fuel for your race. Getting water or food of any kind, outside of the FeedZone will also qualify for a penalty.
It is worth taking the penalty to have someone help you fix your bike and finish the race versus taking a DNF. Remember if you take outside assistance you must report it to a rover or marshal.
Having all these tools in your pack AND knowing how to use them will help you have a successful race.
Come to the Bike Maintenance Clinic at the Neutral Support tent