Mechanic FAQs

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During each stage there will be mechanical assistance around to assist if necessary. Please remember that if you request assistance to the organization during the stage you will suffer time penalties (check the rules carefully).

In addition to this basic support service on the road, athletes may subscribe as an extra, the "Bike d’Lux Pack" or “Wash d’Lux Pack” service, ensuring more personalized support at the end of each stage.

We will try to make available, for eventual repairs, the widest variety of bike components.

Nevertheless it will not be possible to ensure that we carry stock of every single part, considering the variety of bikes and different components present in the race.

Having said that, we strongly advise participants to bring some of the more specific components for their own bikes, such as: rear dropouts, seat post clamps, front and rear wheels spokes and bearings if applied, and any other “not-so-common” small part.

We stock a large amount of brake pads, but it’s always a good idea to bring some of your own.

Needless to say some of the most important bits should be carried with you during the stages

(brake pads, dropouts, etc...), the rest you can leave in your bag.

The organization will not carry any bulky bike part, such as wheels or frames that do not normally fit inside the regular athlete´s race bag.

Yes. We’ll have an official race-shop every day at the end of each stage where you can buy some components/accessories as well as nutrition products. Here is a list of what can be bought locally:

  • Chain lube
  • Tubes
  • Tires
  • Patching kits
  • Pumps
  • CO2 cartridges
  • Tire sealant
  • Nutrition bars and gels
  • Recovery / isotonic drinks
  • Nappy cream
  • etc

TransPortugal ROADS is an individual stage race, 7 days / 1100km with a total climbing of more than 19.000m. It is extremely important that every bike has a comprehensive full service in preparation for the race. Coming for a podium position or just for “fun”, the worst thing that can happen to any racer is to be forced to drop out because of “that” bike part you thought it “might” hold, didn’t.

We strongly recommend:

  • New chain / gear set
  • New inner and outer cables
  • New tires
  • New brake pads
  • Wheels, pedals and bottom bracket, charge batteries and updated software

Although obvious for most of you, it’s never too much repeating;

  1. Do not make major changes in your bike before the race, especially if that has any impact with the way you ride and or position on the bike.
  2. It’s not the best time to try that new saddle or pair of pedals you read so favorable about, in your favorite Internet bike forum.
  3. Least but not last, take your bike for a long ride after you picked it up from the bike shop before the race.

If anything has to fail, let it fail while you still have plenty of time to get it fixed.


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