Cape Epic Checklist

I found this the other day and it looks like the ticket. I’ve edited it into my checklist of bits. My weight allowances are 20kg kit and 16kg bike for the flight.

ESSENTIALS
Passport for Race Registration in Knysna
Money
Trainers
2 pair’s normal socks
2 pairs underpants
1 pair of board shorts
2 x t-shirts

IN ADIDAS RACE BAG
Sleeping bag / sheet and blanket
Flip flops (sandals)
1 pair microfibre pants
1 pairs of boardshorts
2 x Independent Fabrication T-Shirts
1 Arctyrx fleece
Howies 17 Seconds jacket
6 x Riding socks x 6
2 x Independent Fabrication riding shorts
2 x Singletrack Jerseys
Towel
IF Baseball Cap
Torch
Water bottle
iPod
Plastic bags for dirty washing
Something to mark the tent (ribbon of brightly coloured material flag)
Bike cable lock + key

Toiletries:
Showergel
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Shaving gel and razor
Assos Chamois cream
Elastoplast’s
Mosquito Repellent
Neurofen Plus and Ibuprofen
Clothes pegs and wash line

FOR THE DAILY STAGES
Independent Fabrication Ti Deluxe
Specialized Lid
Deuter Race Pack
Sombrio Gloves
Specialized BG Pro Shoes
Buff
Pro M Frames
Assos Arm warmers
Adidas Knee warmers
Water bottle (fill with plain cold water)
Heart rate monitor & body strap

IN THE PACK
Bladder filled with energy drink (3 Litres of liquid carrying capacity)
lip-balm (UV protection)
Factor 15 UVA/UVB Protectino
2 Power bars per day
Sunglass cleaning cloth
Energy drink powder (refills)
Pump
2 x tubes
Toeak Hummer
Puncture & UST Tyre repair kit
Spares for chain
Money – SA Rand’s
Finish Line XC
Blackberry
First Aid Kit
Whistle
Zip ties
Digital Camera

SPARES
Spare chain
Spare tyre
Spare shoe cleats/bolts
Spare tubes x 2
Spare gear cable
Disc pads x 2 pairs
Spare Spokes

Suggestions:
If you’re wearing a camelbak, fill the bladder with carbo drink powder & water mix. Also carry a small waterbottle with fresh water only for washing down the gels and cooling off body in the desert.

Do everything you can to keep your race (adidas) bag as light as possible, it’s a “bitch” to lug the thing around after a hard day’s ride.

Pre-pack your daily rations of gels, bars and powder into ziplok bags for ease of access when you prepare your bag for next days ride. This also helps avoid bringing too much heavy food that is unnecessary. Share spares with your partner to save weight, no need for both to carry stuff.

You will have to wash bike clothes during race – use liquid detergent/travelwash. Get your bikes thoroughly serviced before the event – book it in early!

Author: Cris Bloomfield

Usually mountain biking in the North.

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