_"I started out focusing mostly on physical fitness, not riding as much as I normally would. I've been doing a lot of cycling, treadmill, elliptical machine, and a hand pedal stationary bike. I've also been regularly attending yoga classes. I find that flexibility and strength at the extreme ends of my range of motion is really key in avoiding injury and strain. As we get closer to the event, I have been shifting to more riding and long hours on the bike off-road to harden up my hands and find the weaknesses in my fitness."__**-Iain Glynn, Touratech-USA_**Along with physical fitness, the riders also need to be mentally prepared for this event. Teams from around the world will be thrown from their everyday lives into the heat of competition in the South African desert. Keep in mind that none of the competitors in this event are professional riders, only amateur GS owners were allowed to qualify, most of which have families and hold day-jobs. Weeks before the event, team members are busy getting necessary vaccinations, applying for visas and passports and mentally preparing themselves for a new environment with many tough challenges ahead.