With just over a week until we roll out of Princess Alice Hospice there are a few things you need to get sorted before we leave.
1. A Bike Service
It's really important that your bike is OK to ride 280km as the support we have is limited. If you can, get your bike serviced by a qualified bike technician / local bike shop before we leave!
2. Bike Lights - Front & Rear
At the end of Day 1, we ride in the dark. It's only a short ride but getting off the Ferry at around 10pm means there will be lots of vehicles around. Working lights are imperative - if you haven't got them, you'll be in the back of the van.
3. High-viz gilet
As above, there are 30 of us riding together so we want to be seen. You can buy them from any of the online cycling retailers relatively cheaply but you will need one, otherwise you'll be in the van.
4. Spare inner tubes & CO2 canisters / pump & a Multi Tool
You need a couple of inner tubes plus some CO2 canisters or a pump as the support van won't always be driving behind us. A good idea of how to use them is also a good idea, there are plenty of videos available on Youtube.
5. Waterproof Gear
For the last 3 years we've been mostly OK with the weather but we have also got soaked on occasion. Bring the right gear with you, these are long days in the saddle and you need to be able to carry everything you need. If you have any questions about what clothing to bring, give one of the guys a shout.
6. Other stuff
You'll also need some Euros, Sunblock, Your EHIC Card, Drink Tablets and if you want to keep your phone dry we'd recommend a Zip-lock sandwich bag in your back pocket.
7. FINALLY - Day / Boat Bags
On the Ferry we have booked 5 x Cabins which have changing and shower facilities. On Day 1, it's a good idea to have a change of clothing, some wash stuff and a towel in your day bag. That way you can freshen up before dinner on the boat.
Any other questions, please just ask one of the team.