What and How to Pack

 

For Your Safety we do not allow the use of headphones, radios or cell phones while biking!

Bike Gear: 
These items should be with you while riding or on your bike

   Your bicycle
      (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)
   Tire irons
   Patch kit
   Tire pump
       
(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
   Sunglasses
   Camera & film
   Chap-stick or Blistex (with sunscreen)
   Sunscreen
   Chamy cream (aka Butt Balm)
   Insect repellant
   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.

   Cycling shorts
  
    (Your fanny will thank you for purchasing padded or gel biking shorts)
   Biking jerseys, shirts, or Ride T-shirts
   Cycling shoes (Stiff soled shoes)
   Cycling gloves
    Socks
   Sweatband or biking skull cap
   Clothing
       (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.

    Regular shorts
    Long pants
    Shirts
    Long sleeve shirt
    Sleep-wear
    Shoes or sneakers
    Flip-flops or shower shoes
    Socks
    Underwear
    Wind-breaker type jacket
    Cap or hat

Camping Gear:

   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
   Pillow
   Earplugs (Highly recommended)
   Flashlight and extra batteries
   Travel alarm clock
   You may want to bring items to decorate your tent or make it “homey”

Personal Items:

   Towel
   Washcloth
   Soap
   Shampoo
   Cream rinse
   Toothbrush and toothpaste
   Razor and shaving cream
   Deodorant
   Moisturizer
   Small mirror
   Hair brush or comb
   Hair ties
   Nail clipper
   Journal & pen
   Moleskin
      
(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):

 

  Work Gloves

   Back support 

   Reflective Wear (Sash, Vest or Tape)  

   Swiss Army Knife/Pocket Knife
   
(do not pack in carry on luggage if flying)

How to Pack

  • You may bring one bag to carry your gear.

  • Your gear bag should weigh no more than 50 pounds. 

  • 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.


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