ROAD TO HERO
DUBAI HATTA 2021
UCI MARATHON SERIES - 5 March 2021 Hatta, MTB Trail Center

The second edition of the HERO Dubai in Hatta is back: the one and only UCI mountain bike race in the Middle East, part of the 2021 HERO World Series international circuit.
How does one prepare for such an event to take on the HERO’s mantel in Dubai’s desert? Our programme will enable any biker to prepare to the best of their skills and tackle the starting line on 5 March 2021 in tip-top shape.
The ‘ROAD TO HERO DUBAI HATTA 2021’ programmes are dedicated for cyclists registered to the HERO DUBAI HATTA 2021 on the 60- or 30-km routes and is free of charge. Here our three training programmes for you:

“HOW TO BE A HERO” TRAINING PROGRAMME
We have prepared 4 general programmes, dividing them by route, by difficulty (basic or advanced) and by time availability (3 or 5 training days per week). Choose the one which is more suitable to you.

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"HERO CLINIC"
To befriend the HERO routes and acquire an insight into their secrets, we invite you to join us in Hatta on 11 December 2020 and on 5 and 6 February 2021. Our Mountain Bike Guides will trial the race routes with you. Dedicated especially for cyclists of the HERO 60 KM.

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“HERO Ride & Smile” Training Programme (30 KM & 800 HM)
Between 8 November 2020 and 3 March 2021, we organize 3 training sessions (2 in Dubai and 1 in Hatta) for cyclists of the HERO 30 KM. Check the dates and book now!

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HERO CLINIC

BECOME A HERO ON THE HERO Dubai Hatta 60 KM and 1,600 HM ROUTE

‘If you can’t beat them, join them!’ Beating a downhill on a mountain bike is impossible – so you have to befriend it and acquire all the tricks of the trade to master it.

And we are here to help you. Join us in Hatta on 11 December 2020 and on 5 and 6 February 2021, and our Mountain Bike Guides will trial the HERO routes with you: an insight into the secrets of the routes that wind their way up Hatta’s mountains.

HERO CLINIC 11 December 2020

Backed by Wolfi’s Bike, Dubai

Friday, 11 December
9:00 – 13:00 Route test, 30 km 800 hm
13:00 Barbeque
14:00 – 16:00 Bike check, technical tips

Free parking at the HATTA MTB TRAIL CENTER, Hatta Wadi Hub.

Book a night below the stars:
Sedr Trailers Resort, Damani Lodge Resort, Hatta Camping Grounds at www.visithatta.com

HERO CLINIC 5 and 6 February 2021

Backed by Wolfi’s Bike, Dubai

Friday, 5 February
9:00 – 13:00 Route test, first part, 30 km 800 hm
13:00 Barbeque
14:00 – 16:00 Bike check, technical tips
16:00 Check in
Saturday, 6 February
9:00 – 13:00 Route test, second part, 30 km 800 hm
13:00 Barbeque
15:00 Return to Dubai

Free parking at the HATTA MTB TRAIL CENTER, Hatta Wadi Hub.

Book a night below the stars:
Sedr Trailers Resort, Damani Lodge Resort, Hatta Camping Grounds at www.visithatta.com

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‘RIDE & SMILE’ TRAINING PROGRAMME 30 KM 800HM

Between 8 November 2020 and 3 March 2021. For cyclists of the HERO 30 KM, this lighter training programme includes two training sessions per week in Dubai and one in Hatta during the weekend.

Head out on your bike every Sunday and Wednesday accompanied by one of our mountain bike guides. Sunday is a 30 km Cycle Hub to Burj Arab (road). Wednesday is a 40 km Cycle Hub to NAS Meydan (with off-roads). You can add additional loops of the 9 km circuit of District One Cycling Tracks.

Sunday ‘evening ride’
7pm - 10pm Meeting point at The Cycle Hub Jumeirah 30 km The Cycle Hub Jumeirah to Burj Al Arab (Road)
Wednesday ‘evening ride’
7pm - 10pm Meeting point at The Cycle Hub Jumeirah 40 km to NAS Meydan (Road with off road), who want more will just add additional loop of the 9km circuit of District One Cycling Tracks
Friday ‘on site’
7am - 10am Hatta MTB Trail Center

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TIPS ON HOW
TO BECOME HEROES

YOUR ROUTE/ YOUR TECHNIQUE

1. STUDY WELL THE UPHILLS AND ENJOY THE DOWNHILLS

Your HERO route is demanding from the first to the last metre. The race starts with with some uphills and downhills, to become more and more demanding especially in the middle part of the route. Therefore it needs to be biked in a calm and progressive manner. If you are not a natural ‘climber’ then it will be necessary to conserve as much energy as possible. Favour gear changes which give you a certainly agility and avoid over-forcing yourself. If we are saying that the uphills are long and ripid, well it also has to be said that the downhills are equally demanding. There are some parts over which you can go fast and enjoy yourself but generally it is your bike technique which will make the difference to the outcome. My advice? Do lots of exercise focusing on equilibrium and core stability.

2. DEDICATE ATTENTION TO TECHNIQUE

A good biking technique guarantees greater safety and helps you save energy. Biking downhill, brake only when necessary and never block the tyres completely, keep a well-balanced position and relax your shoulder and chest muscles. Remember that tension uses up energy. And a word on your eyes! The tendency is to focus on the front wheel, whereas your focus should be on a sport 4/5 metres ahead of you. Try it for yourself and you will see that you cover ground in a safer and faster way.

3. ENJOY THE RACE

One of the most sensible pieces of advice I can give is to of course try your best but also to enjoy every single part of the race. Very often are race expectations very high, and when the emotional value is higher than the result which can be achieved the consequence and risk is a sense of delusion. The HERO is a great challenge but should be seen as part of a wonderful weekend in general, and facing the race in this serene manner will certainly contribute to you achieving a better result.

EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING

4. DO YOU PREFER FULLY OR HARD TAIL?

In long, hard races as the HERO, equipment is a fundamental consideration. I advise you to use a full suspended bike, with suspension both in front and behind. It is true that this solution will give you extra weight to carry, but it is also true that this choice will enable you to have a decent grip on uphills (even if my advice is to block the back suspension), so as to save a good amount of energy.

5. YOUR BIKE, YOUR COMPANION OF ADVENTURE

To take part in the HERO means having a bike which is ideal for you and well broken in. It is of course an advantage to use a bike which you have and are familiar with, and have had the chance to do many outings on. It is a relationship which develops in time and will enable you to bike off-road and on many different surfaces. It is a little like a soldier and his horse: there needs to be a magical feel between them.

7. DO NOT FORGET YOUR GLOVES

The more difficult the race is, the more care you must take in carrying all things necessary. A seemingly insignificant but vital item on your list needs to be gloves. Apart from making biking more comfortable and allowing you greater pressure on the handlebars when necessary, a detail which at times makes the difference, gloves allow you to protect your hands, especially your palms, should you fall. With a suitable protection you can avoid cuts and abrasions which would otherwise make it difficult for you to go on and complete the race.

8. ARE YOU SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TYRES?

As you can imagine, having the right tyres makes all the difference in a race. First and foremost, to do is to find out in detail the conditions of the surfaces throughout the race. You will especially find dry and sandy desert trails.

9. YOUR GLASSES ARE NOT AN ACCESSORY

For me, glasses are not an accessory, but an essential part of your equipment. They are so important because first of all they protect, for example from the mud which shoots up from the back wheel or from the little stones which the competitor ahead causes to jump up. The list of possibilities can also extend to branches in the woods. And be careful if you wear contact lenses. Today you can find photochromatic lenses that adapt really well when you pass from dark to light areas and viceversa, as is often the cases in woods and paths in the shade.

10. TAKE TWO OF EVERYTHING WITH YOU…

An old trainer of mine said that whatever sport you do the rule of “two of everything” stands good, this meaning to bring a cover for everything that you need, because it can always happen that the morning of the race or game something can go wrong e.g. you could break the arm of your glasses, and therefore have a replacement solution with you. This for the HERO means two jerseys, two pairs of socks, two flasks, two of everything indeed.

11. YOUR BIKE CHECK-UP

A bike is a simple, yet complicated piece of machinery. It’s perfect functioning is assured by all its component elements interacting. This is why it is important to have a general update and overview of all before taking your place at the start line, especially if the race in question is called the HERO. The overview should cover every part of the bike, starting from the frame, then the wheels and tyres, the spokes, the suspension and the transmission, the latter one of the critical points of the mountain bike, and of course the brakes.

12. TAKE A REPAIR KIT WITH YOU

Always take with you tools for small and other essential items e.g. spare innertube. Remember that the race assistance points, although many, are kilometres apart. This little extra baggage will not be the reason for a poor race performance.

FOOD/HYDRATION

13. FEEDING: THE SECRET OF YOUR SUCCESS

To achieve your aim, the way you feed yourself is of fundamental importance. Keep well in mind that it is not only important to pay attention to what you eat but also to the combination of elements. For example, to combine carbohydrates with protein will help you reduce the increase of glucose. This is part of a great strategy to put in action, and not only during race preparation but during your daily routine in general.

14. LEARN HOW TO MAKE BEST USE OF YOUR ENERGY RESERVES

Avoid starting too fast, maintain a regular rhythm, concentrate on your own performance and not that of other competitors. Behaving in this manner helps you to preserve energy and not run the risk of remaining without. Furthermore, remember that it is important to take in food every 30 minutes, and certainly within intervals of no more than an hour. Feeding yourself correctly with energy bars and gels safeguards you from having moments of extreme hunger.

15. YOU MUST DRINK, DRINK, AND DRINK AGAIN

Drink, drink, and drink again. One of the most obvious and essential pieces of advice I can give is to rehydrate yourself at regular intervals. It is not important if you take in just water, or drinks enriched with salts and minerals, for the important thing is to drink something! And this even if you are not thirsty! In fact, the food you take on board, together with how you hydrate yourself, has a fundamental part to play in your race strategy. My advice is therefore not to ever miss out on one of the feeding stations along the route.

16. DO NOT EXPERIMENT

The day of the race should be an image which physically and mentally you have experienced as part of your training and in other races during the season. Therefore, do not experiment: wear clothes that you have already worn, use the same accessories you have used in recent times, do not invent diets and food integrators not tested before. Just do exactly that which you have always done, and you will see that all will go smoothly in consequence.

RACE

17. PROGRAMME YOUR TRAINING

Taking part in the HERO necessitates months of hard work and discipline, and during which you will lose some of the time you usually dedicate to family, work, and other commitments. To help you out in this period it could be useful to follow the training programme “ROAD TO HERO DUBAI HATTA”, available for free to all race participants. You will find four different training programmes – two for each of the 60 and 30 kilometre routes – which look to respond to the biker’s needs in terms of time available and intensity required.

18. YOUR ARRIVAL AT THE RACE LOCATION

I advise you that, if at all possible, it is best to arrive in Dubai and/or Hatta a few days before the race, so as to acclimatise well and do some light biking so as to familiarise yourself with the race routes and the climate.

19. DO NOT FORGET TO ... RELAX!

One of the most important parts of training and one which gives the chance to perform well is to manage and find time for relaxation. The particular aspect we are concerned about is recovery time! One aspect of training which is commonly ignored is that of sleeping well. Sleeping well helps you to train (and race) well and at the peak of your powers. Remember that sometimes sacrificing a training day for a day of rest can help you to perform better.

20. KNOW THE CLOSING TIMES OF GATES

Apart from studying your HERO route, it is very important to read carefully the race regulations, and to pay particular attention to the closing times of the race routes.

21. CORRECT POSITION ON THE SADDLE

You will well know that your saddle position is of fundamental importance, especially in a marathon lasting several hours, and the HERO is such a race! At times it is a question of a few millimetres to find the perfect pedal action. Specialists and qualified bike shop personnel, using sophisticated instruments able to photograph and measure your saddle position, will be able to give you vital indications to optimise the effectiveness of your pedal action, and of course in this way you will maximise your energy reserves and obtain better results.

22. TRAINING AND CONCENTRATION

The HERO is a great race but it is also a tricky one. Concentration is fundamental from the beginning to the end and it is vital to “stay focused”. Such concentration is tiring mentally and it is important to prepare well on this aspect also. To overcome the difficult moments when the effort is great and the discomfort mounting, it is important to think to your family, to friends supporting you, and to remember what your motivation for taking part in the race is. Only in this way you will arrive at the Finish of the HERO. This advice will help you keep strong when times are tough and to become a true HERO.

23. STUDY YOUR RACE STRATEGY

Have you ever asked yourself what your race strategy is going to be? Professional athletes preparing for a competition adopt an approach whereby they visualise their performance, ‘imagining’ themselves in every stage of the race. It is an approach you too need to adopt, and also to ask yourself questions and give yourself answers: what would happen if ... what should I do if. If you answer these questions beforehand you will no longer have to ponder on them in the race, and in consequence save time. Easy, isn’t it?

Advice of champions

EXCLUSIVE ADVANTAGES FOR HERO DUBAI HATTA 2021 PARTICIPANTS

  • Take part in the most spectacular mountain bike marathon in the Middle East
  • Free participation in the ‘RIDE & SMILE’ and ‘HERO CLINIC’ group cycling events of the ‘ROAD TO HERO DUBAI HATTA 2021’ training programmes
  • Easy race bib collection at Wolfi’s Bike Shop, Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road. Exit 45 Al Waha Street (coming from Abu Dhabi towards Dubai)
  • VIP prices on bike repairs and components at Wolfi’s Bike, Dubai, from 01 January 2021
  • 10% discount on HERO Style products on www.theHEROmall.com
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