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Jerome Clementz's Megavalanche advice

15:32 27th June 2012 by David Arthur @davearthur
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Who better to ask for some wise words of wisdom about racing the Mega than someone who has actually won the race before. We asked Jerome Clementz at a Cannondale press event recently what’s the most important bit of advice for a Mega virgin.

I’m doing the Mega next month, any tips? First time for me, any advice for people in the same boat who might be doing it for the first time?

Jerome: Just have fun, take your time on the training to look at the race. Have a rest, don’t ride all week full speed. Take a break, to be fit and in good shape for the race so you can enjoy it more.

What about kit. What tyres should I run.

2.3′s, depending on the weather if it’s dry you can go light. A strong casing, not too much grip because it’s not that hard technical, not that steep. A downhill casing, and 2.3.

Tubeless or downhill tubes?

Jerome: Tubeless for me. I prefer to ride tubeless. But downhill casing is important. Especially on the glacier, it’s very rocky, you’re following a lot of people so you don’t see everything. Rocks can move at the last moment.

Last night over dinner you mentioned the important of holding onto your bike if you crash?

Jerome: That’s a good one too. On the glacier at the start, if you crash,hold your bike because otherwise you will never find it again!