June 09, 2012
As the outdoor cycling season gets underway, many of us are starting to go to races, charity rides, group rides or other cycling events. Being prepared and having all of your necessary items/gear will help you have a successful and fun day.
Event day or race day often includes extra stress or anxiety for many reasons. You may want to do well or win, have a good ride, finish, keep up with your friends, set a new personal record, etc.
You may also find yourself in a new place, riding a new route, or be faced with inclement weather, etc. Being able to minimize the stress or anxiety on the big day will only help you have a better ride. For people new to events or races I recommend packing early and using a checklist.
Here is a list of what I personally pack and also a general checklist. Use both to come up with your own checklist and use it before any big ride, event, or race. Arrive with confidence that you have all you need for the big day. Next time I’ll discuss the importance of having a routine on event day.
Cycling kits: 2 kits that have different style/fit options
Base layers: variety of base layers, varying density/weight, long/short/no sleeves.
Outerwear: more than I think I will need. No matter what the forecast, I pack a rain jacket, lightweight jacket and vest, long sleeve jersey, arm, knee, and leg warmers, and cycling cap
Gloves: Short and long fingered
Bike Shoes and a set of spare cleats. Sometimes I even pack a spare set of pedals
Protective eyewear: Sunglasses with multiple lens options for different weather conditions
Socks- 2 pairs, one to ride in and one for after event
Hat- Baseball, visor, or winter cap for after the event
Post event clothing- shorts, warm-up suit, t-shirt, etc.
Sandals or flip flops- for before and after the event. I try to minimize walking in my cycling shoes
Sunscreen and massage oil
Towel and extra water, cleanser and/or rubbing alcohol
Changing skirt- a loose fitting, to the knees skirt makes changing a whole lot easier
Basic tools/parts: Minimally I make sure I have: floor pump, multi-tool with chain tool, spare inner tubes, tire levers, CO2 cartridges, handle bar tape, seat tube clamp, extra handlebar ends, zip ties, electrical tape, valve stem extender, measuring tape, safety pins, and spare derailleur hanger
Food and Drink: For pre, post and during event. I bring more than I need and bring only items I have had in the past. Never try anything new on event day. This is usually a combo of sports nutrition (like gels and bars, drinks) and regular food. Always bring extra water.
Basic first aid kit
Money/checks/ATM or credit card
Racing license, ID, insurance information, emergency contact information
Any necessary or important paperwork or forms: Even if I have registered online, I always bring a hard copy of any forms/receipts just in case there is a problem at registration or sign in.
Map or directions to event. Most of us have navigation these days, but I still bring a copy of printed directions or map. A lot of bike events are in areas with poor cell service.
Index cards preprinted with name, team name, contact info- when racing, great for your spare wheels or events if you need to give any bags or equipment to event organizers/workers.
Plastic bags- grocery store and Ziploc (large and small) great for putting your sweaty, dirty riding clothes/shoes in after the event. I use small Ziplocs to carry money, id, or map during the event.
Water bottles: 2 for my bike, and 2 for before/after.
Below is a general list of items to pack before each race or event. Customize this list to fit your own needs. It is helpful to start packing up some of these things a day or two ahead of time so that you have plenty of time to double check and make sure you have what you need before the big day.
□ Base layer
□ Jersey or Skinsuit
□ Bib Shorts or shorts
□ Bike Shoes
□ Arm Warmers
□ Knee/Leg Warmers
□ Light weight Jacket or Wind Vest
□ Rain jacket
□ Casual Shorts or warm up suit
□ Tennis Shoes
□ Water Bottles
□ Water and sports drink
□ Energy bars or gels
□ Reg Food ( bagel, PB&J, fruit, etc)
□ Racing License
□ Entry Fee
□ Contact Information
□ Bike Tools
□ Spare Wheels
□ Stationary Trainer
Did I miss anything?
And, what about you? What do you pack?
Comments will be approved before showing up.
June 05, 2017
The last lap took everything she had. She crossed the finish line euphoric and then slumped over her bike, weaving to a stop and bent over, exhausted from the effort.
We all have a pain cave. The question is - how deep do you dig when you approach it? How willing are you to push beyond your perceived physical and mental limitations? And what is it you fear most that you tend to avoid because it shines a light on an area you need to address?
May 03, 2017
April 07, 2017
Pactimo is a Colorado company known for quality, reliability and unsurpassed customer service. Since 2003, we’ve shipped over 1.5 million garments to Olympians, national champions, teams, clubs and individual cyclists around the globe. We hope you feel the inspiration of Colorado and our passion for cycling in everything we do.
Size & Fit Chart
Black Out Dates
Terms & Conditions
Returns, Exchanges & Repairs
Washing & Care Instructions
Selecting a Jacket
Selecting a Jersey
Why Bib Shorts
Media Product Reviews
Recent Customer Reviews
All Help Topics
STORIES & MEDIA
Find us on Google+