Your bicycling adventure will present a variety of conditions, but it is possible to take all you need and still travel light. Layer your clothes for versatility. When possible, make your gear do double duty. Be creative about what to take and what to leave home. The key words for the week are comfort and casual.
The following list covers what you will most likely want or need. The list is the same for the NEC 550 and the 150 – you’ll just need more for the seven-day ride! There are laundry facilities in some (but not all) of the dorms and/or hotels. Modify the list based on your own needs and experience.
Clothing and equipment for riding
Clothing for Comfort Off the Bike
Note that all support vehicles have first-aid kits on board for emergencies, but we ask participants to bring your own aspirin, Tylenol, ACE bandages and other personal first-aid supplies.
What NOT to Bring
(and We Really Mean it!)
We hope this helps inform your packing adventure. Our mechanics are prepared to make most typical and predictable repairs, and we even have the “Rolling Room of Requirement” in case you’ve forgotten some little necessity.
But please pack responsibly – which means, bring everything you think you’ll need, but ONLY what you think you’ll need. Remember, the Gear Truck transports your luggage from the starting line to each day’s finish line, but YOU carry it to and from your room. If you’re unsure about a particular item, just call or email us and we’ll happily give you more advice!