What and How to Pack
For Your Safety we do not allow the use of headphones, radios or cell phones while biking!
These items should be with you while riding or on your bike
(Make sure it’s in good operating condition.
Have it checked at a bike shop just prior to the Ride.)
Your bicycle helmet
All Riders must wear an ANSI, Snell, CPSC, or ASTM-approved helmet at all times while riding.
Photo identification, Medical card, Credit card, Cash, Calling Card
Spare tubes-2 (It’s faster to change tubes than to patch and wait)
(Make sure you know how to use your pump & it fits your bike tubes)
2 Water bottles
(One for electrolyte replacement and one for water) or Hydration pack and one water bottle.
Small wrenches or bike tool kit
Trunk bag, fanny pack, seat bag, or handlebar bag
Rain jacket, poncho, or suit
Camera & film
Chap-stick or Blistex (with sunscreen)
Chamy cream (aka Butt Balm)
Road rash kit (or small first-aid kit)
Prescription medications, Pain reliever, antacid (Tums)
Quick energy foods (power gels, power bars)
Biking Clothing: Hint: Nylon biking clothing dries much quicker than cotton.
(Your fanny will thank you for purchasing padded or gel biking shorts)
Biking jerseys, shirts, or Ride T-shirts
Cycling shoes (Stiff soled shoes)
Sweatband or biking skull cap
(examples; long sleeve jersey, long pants, or tights - To anticipate sudden changes
in Temperature, choose clothing that can be easily layered)
“Red Day” biking outfit (Day 4 is “Dress in Red Day”)
Camp Clothing: These are the items that you will change into after riding.
Long sleeve shirt
Shoes or sneakers
Flip-flops or shower shoes
Wind-breaker type jacket
Cap or hat
Tent & stakes
(if your tent does not have a reliable rain fly, bring a tarp to place over your tent)
Tarp or plastic sheeting
(place this on the floor of your tent to avoid water from below)
Sleeping bag, bedroll, or blankets
Air mattress or pad for tent floor
Earplugs (Highly recommended)
Flashlight and extra batteries
Travel alarm clock
You may want to bring items to decorate your tent or make it “homey”
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Razor and shaving cream
Hair brush or comb
Journal & pen
(Works Great for blisters or sore spots, cut into several sizes)
Any items that make “You” truly “You” (Mickey Mouse ears, Pink Hair dye, etc)
Crew Members Only - (Additional Gear for the Crew):
Reflective Wear (Sash, Vest or Tape)
Swiss Army Knife/Pocket Knife
(do not pack in carry on luggage if flying)
How to Pack
Attach an identification tag to your gear bag, and tent bag. You may choose to place your tent into a second (smaller) gear bag for ease of attachment of an ID tag.
Do not attach your tent to your gear bag with bungee cords. The cords can snap open during movement and injure a crew member. If you wish to attach your tent to your gear bag, you may use a luggage strap.
Each morning, you will take your tent and gear bag to a gear truck. Your tent and gear bag will be transported to the next camp for you.
When you get to camp each evening, you will locate your tent and gear bag, and transport them to your tent site.
We recommend placing any items that you want to stay dry into large zip-lock plastic bags or plastic trash bags. (Your gear bag may need to sit outside in the rain).
Some Riders like to put one days’ outfit into a separate zip-lock bag.
You will pack-up your tent very early each morning.