PACKING & MORE
Once you are on the Ride your transportation, meals, snacks and hydration are all taken care of. There is a lot to think about in your preparations to be ready for the Ride, what to bring, how to pack, and transportation to and from. Some of the information below will be updated as we get closer to the event so please check back frequently. For our Out of State Participants there is information for you located at the bottom of the page.
Packing for the Ride
Here is a packing guide to help you determine what to bring on the Ride.
You are allowed one large bag with wheels or one large plastic container (rubber maid) weighing a max of 60lbs. All of your camping gear, sleeping gear, clothing and belongs must fit into this one bag/container. You may want to consider bringing a plastic container for everything because the weather can be unpredictable and this will help keep your belongs dry if it rains. We recommend a drop bottom duffel bag with wheels or plastic container.
What to Pack:
Our Packing Guide is designed to help you with all you need for the event and more. This is list is broken down into mandatory, recommended and optional. You do not need to bring everything on this list, just the items you will use.
Riders you will be riding your bike most of the day so you will primarily be wearing your cycling clothing. For more information about what cycling gear you will need please visit the Gear section on the website, contact us if you have questions and ask fellow veteran riders what they recommend.
Crew you will working hard and getting dirty so plan on bringing clothing that is appropriate. We will provide you with one Crew shirt and most teams dress in costumes to create a fun event. For Crew you will not need to bring the cycling gear with you for this event. Please bring shorts, shirts, socks, underwear for 4 days that you can get dirty in and follow the rest of the Packing Guide for other items you may want.
Camping & Sleeping Gear:
We provide all Participants with lodging options for the Ride at our Camp Sites each night. Participants can choose to bring a tent with and camp outside on nights 1, 2 and 3. On nights 2 and 3 participants have the option to stay in doors in the school gymnasiums.
You will need to supply your own tent, sleeping bag and camping bed for the Ride. You can either camp outside under the stars or stay in the gymnasiums at the schools we will be staying at. Please note night 1 only has outdoor camping available.
Your tent should be no bigger than 10ft X 9ft and will need to be packed with your gear.
Sleeping Bags & other
You can bring a sleeping bag, sheet, pillow and if you prefer blankets. These will have to fit into your gear bag. Your sleeping bag rating is up to you. It is July in Minnesota so it doesn't need to be rated for below 30°.
You can either bring a camping pad, air mattress or camping cot with you. You will want to be comfortable because your sleep is important on an event like this. Camping pads and cots can be found at most sporting goods or camping stores and it is recommended to lie down on them to find which one is the best for you. If you choose to bring an air mattress please make sure you can blow it up on the event and plan on bringing extra batteries.
You are responsible for getting yourself to and from the event. The Light Rail is a great option for getting too and from the event depending on where you are located. You can also arrange for a ride with friends, family or even take an Uber. Be sure they have room for your gear, a bike rack to transport your bike or a vehicle large enough for your bike to fit inside. We highly encourage you inviting friends and family to Opening and Closing Ceremonies so they can cheer you on. Please visit the Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony sections on the website for more information about times and details for those events.