Checklist – For a one day sportive

This is what Bradley Wiggins packs in his bag. You may not need as much
This is what Bradley Wiggins packs in his bag. 

 

THE ONE DAY SPORTIVE CHECKLIST

Feel free to print this off, laminate and keep it in your kit bag.

In order to be prepared for all weather conditions and all eventualities you will need the following ;

CLOTHING

  • Cotton cap or bandana (keeps the sweat out of your eyes on a hot day)
  • Thermal Skull cap (keeps your head warm under the helmet on cold days)
  • Short sleeve base layer
  • Long sleeve base layer
  • Short sleeve jersey
  • Long sleeve jersey or jacket
  • Waterproof breathable rain cape (must be lightweight and foldable)
  • Your best pair of bib-shorts
  • A pair of leg warmers or bib-tights
  • A pair of arm warmers
  • A pair of cycling socks
  • A pair of short finger mitts
  • A pair of long finger warm gloves
  • A pair of waterproof overshoes

ESSENTIALS THAT ARE MOST FORGOTTEN

  • Helmet
  • Cycling Shoes (check your cleats are in good condition)

ACCESSORIES, NUTRUITION, COMFORT AND CARE

  • Sunglasses
  • 2 x Water Bottles
  • Energy Drink (sachets, tablets or a tub)
  • Energy Gels (not too many, 2 or 3 are enough)
  • Energy Food ( 2  – 4 x Bars )
  • Chamois Cream
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm
  • Shower Gel
  • Baby Wipes (not all events have shower facilities)
  • Medium sized towel
  • Small spray diffuser bottle (€3 in a gardening shop) with a mix of water and a small amount of cologne (great to wash of grime and freshen up)
  • Fresh underwear and socks for afterwards
  • Wooly hat for after the event on mild or cold days (reserves are low and you want to avoid picking up a cold)
  • Plastic bag for all your dirty gear afterwards

BIKE

  • Don’t forget the bike itself (it does happen)
  • Frame fit or pocket pump
  • Saddlebag with 2 spare tubes, tyre levers, patches and repair solution
  • €20 either in the saddlebag or inside the protective cover of your mobile phone
  • Bike computer
  • Heart monitor strap (if you use one)
  • Wash the bike
  • Oil the chain (but not too much, 4-5 drops is plenty)
  • Check brake pads
  • Check tyres for cuts or excessive wear
  • Inflate tyres to between 100 and 120 psi (no more and no less)

Arrive at least one hour beforehand and enjoy the day !

 

Barry Meehan

www.thecyclingblog.com

5 thoughts on “Checklist – For a one day sportive

  • June 26, 2014 at 11:00 am
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    Don’t forget the sunscreen lotion. For longer rides I take my mini tin of Vaseline (just in case).

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    • June 26, 2014 at 11:04 am
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      Good man Stephen, I will add that in now.

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  • June 26, 2014 at 11:16 pm
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    Use P20 as your sunscreen one application lasts all day and waterproof as well

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  • July 1, 2014 at 1:50 pm
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    And for Irish emigrants abroad wishing to cycle at home in the summer season, add passport, flight tickets, bike bag luggage check-in ticket and the bike bag itself!

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  • July 15, 2014 at 8:28 pm
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    Excellent checklist! As you mentioned, I will definitely be printing this off for future events! Thanks for sharing!

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