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Packing for the real MTB adventure, stage racing

17. August 2015 — TeamSpirit
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Wow – Here I am overexcited about the idea of racing another stage race; Trans Savoie in France, a few weeks only after Trans Provence. Stage races are always special and somehow take us back to the roots of mountain biking. For an entire week, we will go from one camp to the other riding the best trails the area has to offer. And all this, with all the other participants: pros and amateurs. I really like this kind of events, the unknown trails and long days on the saddle (7 to 10 hours), the daily challenge and the nature.

Every stage race kicks off with the feeling of missing something. Although packing is part of my routine I am always afraid of forgetting something important. There are a few things than cannot be left at home: earplugs, MP3 player with good playlists, blister patches, sun cream, sleeping bag, own pillow, spare parts like tires and derailleur hanger… and a woolen beanie for the chilly mornings and evenings at the camp.

Most stage races offer tech support. But most of the time the mechanics are super busy and it is safer to bring your own spare parts and have a few skills.

To help you pack for your next stage race, here is my list:

Riding gear: 

  • Riding clothes for long days on the bike. There is no washing machine so take a kit per day and three to four pairs of gloves
  • Rain jacket and waterproof accessories
  • Helmet – check if full face is required
  • Googles and smaller glasses
  • Knee protections (elbow optional)
  • Two pairs of MTB shoes (for replacement in case of rain): they need to allow long walks in rocky conditions
  • Backpack with hydration pocket

Spare parts & tools:

  • Spare parts: brake pads and discs, derailleur and derailleur hanger, chain and chain link, zip ties, shifting cables. If you have enough space, pedals and a saddle might be useful too
  • Chain oil and cleaning cloth
  • Two tires: tubeless and solid tires are strongly recommended
  • Pump for suspensions
  • Pump for tires
  • CO2 cans
  • Multi-tool

Nutrition:

  • Water bottles: for iso drinks
  • Two camelback pouches (2 liters each): for water
  • Iso drinks (Isostar tabs are very practical) and recovery shakes
  • Gels and bars : vary the flavors and try to mix sweet with salty food
  • Own favorite breakfast

Others:

  • Waterproof travel bag
  • Comfy long pants, fleece, beanie and warm jacket for the mornings and evenings
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Bikini (you never know, there might be a lake next to one of the camps!)
  • Two microfiber towels
  • Headlamp
  • Sleeping bag and own pillow
  • Earplugs
  • Flip flops
  • Blister patches (use them before you need them!)
  • First Aid kit
  • Swiss knife
  • Toiletries bag
  • "Power Bannk" charger for your phone
  • Optional: Yoga mat and black roll

 

Now that you've packed everything, you can relax and enjoy the ride. Have fun!

Kerstin Kögler, BMC Factory Trailcrew

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