Planning to travel overseas for an upcoming cycling, triathlon or duathlon event?
Team Re-Claim’s Jason Loh details the process involved in transporting your bike overseas for an international competition.
STEP 1 — Before travelling overseas
- Send your bike for a service to ensure it is in top condition.
- Make sure all tools required to assemble and dissemble the bike are packed and ready to go (allen key set, pedal wrench, torque wrench).
- Bring appropriate wheels relevant to the course, elevation and road condition.
- Get a decent bike travelling bag.
- Remove necessary components of the bike to fit it in the travelling bag (handle bar, seat post, pedals, wheels).
- Before removing these parts, make sure the original positions of these components are marked in the correct position so you can reassemble accurately.
- Use sponges or bubble wrap to protect the bike frame and reduce the chances of scratches and other damage.
- If possible, remove the rear derailleur and hangar from the frame to reduce the chances of being bent from external forces.
- Use newspaper or unused cloth to wrap the chain to prevent contact with other objects.
- Deflate the tyre pressure of the wheels.
- Ensure there are no hanging parts, loose components after placing the bike into the bike bag.
- Bring your cycling helmet, cycling shoes, water bottles, bike pump, spare tubes and tyres, pitstop sealant for races, water canisters, tyre lever, chain lube, cable tie, rubber band, portable pump, LED blinker and other equipment you may need.
- Know the weight of the bike bag. Make sure you have bought enough baggage allowance for the bike bag.
- Zip and lock it up. Ensure the bike bag has your personal information in case it is lost at the airport.
Now you’re ready to go!
STEP 2 — Upon arrival at race destination
- Once you get your bike from the airport carousel, quickly check it for damage and notify airline management if there are any problems.
- At your hotel, find an area that has extra space for you to assemble the bike.
- When assembling, ensure components and parts are back into their original position according to the markings.
- Make sure screws and bolts are tightened according to the recommended torque shown on the torque wrench.
- Inflate the wheels and make sure the wheels are in good condition.
- If there is any damage, you will need to find spare parts quickly and resolved the issue as soon as possible.
- Lube the chain. Make sure it is well-lubed and smooth.
- Go for a quick spin outside the hotel, check the gear shifts and make sure the shifting is good and the riding position is in its original place.
Time for the big day. Need to dot the I’s and cross the T’s.
STEP 3 — Race day
- Ensure seat post and helmet has your race number sticker.
- Make sure your bottles are filled with water or energy drinks and are placed in their holders.
- Inflate wheels again.
- Bring running shoes, helmet, cycling shoes, slippers, towel, goggles, spare goggles, race bib, swim cap, energy gels, sunglasses, visor, bike tools, spare tyre, water canisters, pitstop sealant, masking tape and put into a bag.
- Cycle to the race venue early to set up your transition spot so that you have ample time to set up without rushing.
And then you’re set for the start line. Good luck and never give up.
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It comes as no surprise that different sports require unique skill sets. Yet, determining the world’s toughest sport can be difficult. What exactly does tough mean?
We’ve gone through what we think are 8 of the most gruelling and physically taxing sports and ranked them out of 10 based endurance, speed, strength, agility, skill and physicality.
Here’s our list. Do you agree?
Pure maths will tell you Ironman Triathlon has to rank up there as one of the toughest sports in the world. It combines swimming, cycling and running and if you consider Ironman as an example, it consists of an open water swim, a stage of the Tour de France and a marathon. Pure steel.
Total = 26 tough points
As Malaysia’s most popular sport, we all know how gruelling Football is. Athletes are required to have blistering speed, sublime skill and the agility to dribble, evade and hold possession. Not to mention the sheer number of matches the pro’s play. It gets 32 on the Tough-O-Metre
Total = 32 tough points
Gymnastics also gets on our list. Given each athlete needs to be versatile enough to excel on each apparatus — floor, rings, beam, bar, vault — the stamina and toughness required to succeed is high.
Total = 33 tough points
You may think Basketball is perhaps not that hardcore, but considering the dexterity and strength needed to constantly jump, slam dunk and shoot three-pointers under pressure, it’s no wonder basketball ranks near the top.
Total = 35 tough points
Ice Hockey perhaps isn’t the most common sport in Malaysia, but watch a game or two and you’ll be wondering how the players aren’t a gooey mess by the end. It tests all aspects of a player’s repertoire.
Total = 39 tough points
Rugby (Union and League) is immediately recognised as a brutal sport and not just because of the immense levels of physicality involved, but also the deft skills, pace and strategies required to defeat the opposition.
Total = 40 tough points
It takes a lot of courage to step inside the Boxing ring or MMA cage. Punching, grappling, wrestling, defending, footwork — you need it all. Thus, core skills such as power and flexibility combined with speed and agility is essential. Serious injuries and sometimes death can occur, so naturally you need to be pretty tough.
Total = 40 tough points
And finally Water Polo. Water Polo has been officially declared the most difficult sport as the players have to be at peak physical capacity just to survive a game. Treading water, evading vicious blows, wrestling, grappling, swimming up to 2km and powering the ball in the back of the net with a rocket arm. It’s no wonder it ranks on top on our tough list.
Total = 44 tough points
Other sports considered “Tough” include American Football, Australian Rules Football, Rowing, Tennis and in more modern times CrossFit.
If you compete in a sport you think is tougher, let us know on Facebook
*List compiled based on similar reports from ESPN and Bleacher Report
At Re-Claim, we go places with you where other insurances don’t. That includes those ungodly 4am wake up calls. Most athletes go above and beyond to reach the pinnacle, but there’s no one more committed than a triathlete. There’s a reason why they call the events that make up a triathlon “disciplines”. With a gruelling year-round training schedule, the life of a triathlete is one of regimen, control and consistent effort. While each triathlete approaches the individual training and nutrition requirements for the three disciplines in different ways, most will structure their time in a style that seeks to get the most out of each and every day. We’ve chatted to our Re-Claim triathlete Chris Kha Khrang to piece together what a day in the life of a champion triathlete looks like.
Here goes, take a deep breath.
4.45am — Drop phone attempting to hit snooze button
5am — Get up and head for shower #1
5.30am to 7.30am — Silently thank modern science for heated pools while at swimming training.
7.45am — Shower #2 followed by a breakfast bagel from that cafe that knows you on first name basis.
8.45am — Work on personal brand management, marketing and upcoming race scheduling while eating another bagel.
10.30am — Resolve to cancel Netflix account, switch off computer, don the lycra and head out for a ride.
1pm — Transition to run as quickly as it takes to peel off the Lycra and inhale a sandwich.
2.15pm — Much dreaded recovery session in ice-bath while eating the remains of lunch.
2.45pm — Extremely welcome Shower #3 followed by completion of unmet personal work goals, in other words a nap.
4pm to 5pm — Light gym or Pilates session for variation and recovery.
5pm to 6pm — Evening run or ride depending on schedule.
6pm to 9.30pm — “Free time” after shower #4, (including a nutritious dinner in there somewhere).
9.30pm — Set alarm for next morning and turn in for the night.
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