July 15, 2013
Over the last several months, I've slowly cobbled together the gear I think I need to at least fake my way through CTR. I'm completely new to this, so it's still a work in progress - I'm changing my mind daily about certain things I should bring and not bring. I'm erring a bit on the conservative side when it comes to being light and fast vs. better equipped but heavier and slower - I'm willing to put up with not being as warm and dry as I might like, but as this is my first time doing something like this, I don't want to be too weight-weenie with things like rain gear, my sleeping system, tools, and spare parts. I'd rather simply finish the race, rather than finish quickly. Anyways, here is my setup and gear list:
Bike: Santa Cruz Highball Carbon 29er, size Medium
Tires: Schwalbe Racing Ralph 29x2.25 with Snakeskin
Saddle: Still deciding between Specialized Phenom or Specialized Henge. Ass pain is something I've always struggled with, and I've tried a million different saddles - these seem to be the least painful but still not ideal.....
Pedals: Crankbros Candy 1
Shoes: Specialized Rime size 41 (not as stiff/comfy as carbon soled shoes, but way better for all the hiking - they have real Vibram soles)
Saddle bag: Revelate Designs Viscacha
Frame bag: Custom made by Bedrock Bags
Topeak Fuel Tank Size Medium, mounted to top tube (for food)
Topeak Fuel Tank Size Large, mounted to top tube (for food and GoPro)
Sleeping Pad strapped to handlebars
Garmin eTrex 30 for navigation
Light&Motion Stella 300 and 3-cell battery mounted to handlebars
Fenix LD22 Flashlight, mounted to helmet
Sony NEX 5N digital camera, mounted to chest
Backpack (Osprey Raptor 14)
This is pretty much everything
So that's what will be keeping me alive for the duration of this race. Definitely not perfect yet, I'd prefer to not wear a pack but I don't have a good way to carry water if I don't.....but overall I think it's a good balance between being as light as possible yet prepared for nearly any bike breakdown, injury, bad weather, or whatever.......I don't really know what to expect and I'm sure I'll learn a lot about what I didn't need to bring and what I should have brought. Only one way to find out. Counting down the days until 4am July 22.......
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