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How to survive or thrive in the Old Mutual Wealth Double Century

200km on a bike is far, very far, and very tough, even for very experienced riders. We know South Africans are quick to jump at any event that tests their mettle, we're seemingly hard wired that way.

You either scored an invite to a team and are nervously not sure what to expect, or for many others you race it every year wondering how soon you'll hit the wall then suffer over the 3 stooges to end up as a salt-encrusted jellyfish lying in the foetal position on the Swellendam showgrounds.

It's not pretty, but with some investment in planning and strategy, the Old Mutual Wealth Double Century can easily be a magical day out that ends with a satisfied smile.

We have seen this movie many times, since the race's early inception, and every year we learn more. We compiled and published a list of 20 hard learned tips to survive this iconic annual team time trial event through spectacular scenery.

These tips were very well received so we headed out onto the scenic route to ride it with a group of mixed abilities, including the Wintergreen Swellendam speedsters, to talk you through how to best manage your team and personal energy over 5 to 10 hours.

The 2022 event is almost here so your hard yards are hopefully done. Now sit back and enjoy our series of advice laden videos - one tip may make all the difference between a funfest or a sufferfest.


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