Welcome to the team! Whether this is your first experience with ultra-endurance racing or you’re a seasoned veteran, this manual is designed to provide a comprehensive overview and clear guidelines to ensure the success and safety of our rider(s) during the race. Your role as a support crew member is pivotal – you are the backbone of this endeavor, providing vital assistance every pedal stroke of the way.
Ultra-endurance cycling is more than just a test of a cyclist’s physical stamina. It challenges the mind, the equipment, and the logistical orchestration that keeps the wheels turning mile after mile. The cyclist is the visible tip of this effort, but behind them, there’s a team ensuring they’re hydrated, nourished, motivated, and riding a machine that’s in top shape. That’s where you come in.
This manual will guide you through everything, from the pre-race preparations to the post-race wrap-up. It will cover communication protocols, nutrition and hydration strategies, equipment checklists, emergency procedures, and more. It’s been crafted not only from expert advice but also from the hard-earned lessons of past races.
Remember, in an ultra-endurance race, it’s not just the cyclist against the clock, it’s the entire team. Each of us plays a part in the journey, and every role, no matter how big or small, can make the difference between reaching or falling short of our goals.
Let’s embark on this journey together, supporting each other, and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible on two wheels. Every drop of sweat, every late-night prep, and every challenge overcome will pave the way to the finish line.
Thank you for being a part of this incredible adventure. Let’s make it a race to remember!
Each crew member should be familiar with the information contained in the pages linked below. These pages will also be printed and available in the support vehicle for reference during the race as needed.
NOTE: These pages may be updated prior to the next race or event. Conduct yourselves accordingly.