what to bring
Generally, you should pack light. Space in the support vehicles is limited, so bring a backpack or holdall – no suitcases please! You will be cycling for three days, and you should make sure that you have enough kit for all weather. You will also need a change of clothes for the evenings.
You should carry everything that you want for the day’s cycle with you, as we cannot guarantee that you will have access to any of your luggage during the day. Generally, cycling jerseys have deep pockets, and you should be able to fit the majority of things that you will need with you for the day in these. We also recommend purchasing a saddle bag, where you can store spare inner-tubes, tyre levers etc.
Please do not bring a bike box / bike bag with you. We will be unable to transport these in our vehicles due to restrictions on space. We will provide a tool-box with enough equipment to fix basic mechanical issues and will also have a spare front and rear wheels. Should your bike have any ‘non-standard’ parts, or need any special equipment, please bring these along with you. Spare inner tubes etc. will be available on the ride, although we may ask for a contribution towards the cost of these should you need them.
Our experience shows that you will need surprisingly little luggage with you on the event. We therefore request that you pack light, preferably in a soft holdall type bag, with dimensions of approximately 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, weighing less than 10kg. This is equivalent to carry-on luggage in aircraft. If needed, you can split your luggage into two bags, however please bear in mind the dimensions and weight limits above.
Bike (a road bike is highly recommended)
Helmet (mandatory). If you do not have a helmet, you will not be permitted to ride.
Bike pump (that either fits on your bike, or transported in your cycle jersey)
Spare tubes to fit your wheels
Puncture repair kit
1 or 2 water bottles in cages on the bike or else a water bladder such as a camelback
Cycle shorts x 3
Cycle jersey x 3
Wet weather gear
Cold weather gear
Change of clothes for the evening
Toiletries and medication
Holdall please ensure that you use a soft, supple holdall, as opposed to a hard-shell suitcase for your main luggage
Small rucksack for keeping personal belongings (optional). You can either carry this yourself, or keep in the support vehicle, where it will transported to the hotel along with your other luggage. We cannot guarantee that you will have access to your luggage during the day.