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Hotter'N Hell preparations

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WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) -

The Hotter'N Hell Hundred is only one month away, meaning more business for local bike shops.
The Bike Stop is busy with bike repairs and bike sales.
Employee Sean Brown said they stay busy year round.
However, the store sees a spike in July and August because of the race.
    "This time of the year, there is a real big uptick in bike sales, as well as bike repairs," Brown said. "We sell around the same amount of the accessories like the nutrition, computers, helmets, glasses, gloves, shoes, etc."
Brown said the repairs keep the store busy and require a lot of work.
    "It is pretty incentive," Brown said. "If you don't know what you're doing, you can mess it up pretty easily. Sometimes if you know what you're doing, you can still mess it up and have to go back over it. My co-workers can double check the work, and I can check theirs. It is a good system because you want to make sure everyone is out on the road enjoying their ride because if the bicycle doesn't work, you're not going to like riding it."
With Hotter'N Hell being such a big race, Brown has tips for riders to make sure you are training properly to have the energy and speed needed to complete the event.
    "If you're just now starting preparation, go out and progressively build up and get to about 80 percent of the total event," Brown said. "On the day, with all the draft and adrenaline that you will have, you can complete the event with about 80 percent total training. If you've been training for a while, you should go over a little bit of the total distance, 110 to 120 miles as your long in preparation, so it gives you the base to go faster for the Hundred."
With that said, it is important to not over train.
    "It is really important that you get good protein and carbohydrate intake, as well as adequate sleep and hydration," Brown said. "If one of those variables lacks, it is very easy to over train your body and you will get sick or you wont feel quite as well. The bigger hole you put yourself through in any one of those four variables, you will just feel weaker and weaker. By the time you get to Hotter'N Hell, you won't be able to complete the event."
Brown said The Bike Stop is willing to help anyone with biking needs at any time.
    "Get a hold of us if you have any questions about anything," Brown said. "We would be more than happy to help you sort out what you think you need and point you in the right direction of what you want to meet that need."
In the weeks prior, there are also bicycle races in Vernon and Tyler, Texas along with Duncan, Oklahoma.
However, Brown said Hotter'N Hell is the marquee event.
Brown stresses drivers and cyclists need to be aware on the road by stopping at stop signs and yielding at yield signs; just keeping an eye on who and what is around them.

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