Adventure Motorcycle (ADVMoto)|May-June 2020
1 START THE ENTIRE PROCESS WITH THE RIGHT FRAME OF MIND
I told myself from the outset (and had advice from Jimmy Lewis) that my goal was simply to finish on this first attempt. This race tends to attract competitive people (and I’m no different) but the attrition is incredibly high, and it tends to stem from early-stage crashes or late-stage mechanical failures. Even with the goal of simply finishing, you must tell yourself you will not quit no matter what, unless your life or long-term physical well-being depend on it.
2 GET YOURSELF A MENTOR
The ASO (Amaury Sport Organization is the French company that organizes the race, and also The Tour de France) this year implemented a reduction in entry fee for rookies with a mentor who is a veteran in the race. The veteran entrant also receives a fee discount. In my case I was lucky enough to have Andrew Short (Husqvarna factory racer) agree to be mine. He didn’t do this because of a small fee discount, but because he’s about as good a person and leader as there is in the sport of motorcycle racing. He helped me enormously with details of preparation, gear selection and logistics. I can’t thank him enough and recommend any rookie do the same.
3 RESEARCH AND HIRE A SUPPORT TEAM THAT HAS DEEP EXPERIENCE
You can read up to 3 premium stories before you subscribe to Magzter GOLD
Log in, if you are already a subscriber
Get unlimited access to thousands of curated premium stories and 5,000+ magazines
READ THE ENTIRE ISSUE