Preparation for Race Day
I'm going to try my hand at cyclocross this season. What I'd like to know is what the experienced racers take with them on race day. Of course I need a bike and clothing to suit conditions, but I'm wondering about those special items you bring along to make the day easier/more comfortable/etc. Things that I already have in mind:
Clean clothing for after the race
Wash cloths/towels for clean up
Do you clean the bike some before heading home?
Trainer for warm up
Basic tool kit
Warm beverage if the weather is cold
Any super organized types have a packing list or maybe a race day bag ready to go?
5 gallon bucket or plastic tub to throw dirty muddy kit in
Towel or blanket to drape over car seat for drive home
Wheels for pit
Student of cycling
Canopy to dress/warm-up under while your buddies get soaked in the rain or baked in the sun.
Weights to keep your canopy from blowing onto your buddies car/truck when the wind kicks up.
Tarp to put on ground to keep your feet dry.
Indoor/outdoor carpet to make things homier.
Clock to keep an eye on your start time.
Thermometer to help with your clothing choice.
Bucket or bags for dirty kit.
Tools (Try not work on your bike on race day, but be prepared in-case you have to).
Pit bike/spare wheels.
Dedicated kit for warm up (sucks to go to the starting line all muddy and wet).
Dedicated kit for race.
Spares and extra layers in case it gets cold/er.
Clothes and food for after race.
Towels to clean up with.
First aid kit.
Dirt is for racing, the road is just for getting there.
Beer and garden gnome and you're set ;) Really though, drinks as appropriate, gels and or food, clean clothes, trainer, tools, spare wheels if you have them, food for after the race (I bring fruit an maybe yogurt or a sammich and nuts), towels, and deodorant
Originally Posted by tetter
'Pain is temporary, and there might be beer at the finish line'
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For any overnight stay:
Do not touch the trim.
I leave the trainer at home. Cross is ALL about knowing the course. I do my warm up on course, riding the whole course at race pace a section at a time. Knowing how a course will be at race pace is invaluable if you want to do well.
Worst case scenario of a cold, rainy race day, I take:
-The obvious helmet, gloves, glasses, bike
-Drinks/food for before and after the race
-A pair of track type pants that I use for my warm up. Keeps you a little cleaner pre-race and your legs warm.
-Spare pair of shoes to warm up in. Keep the good ones dry and clean for the race
-Long and short sleeved jerseys as well as arm warmers (I've tried leg warmers for 'cross - EPIC FAIL with them rolling down)
-Clothes to put on after the race
-Wet bag for race kit post race
-Pump for last minute tire pressure adjustments
-Spare tube if I'm using clinchers that day
-Extra wheels with different tread if the course conditions are in question when I leave the house
-Umbrella for walking around
-Muck boots, rain jacket, rain hat - these are invaluable on a rainy PNW day
-Towels for post race clean up
-Weed sprayer filled with the hottest water I can get out of the bathtub faucet for cleaning myself after the race. If there's any water left and no bike wash at the race, I'll use it to get the bug chunks of mud/grass off the bike
Dude, that's what I call prepared.
Originally Posted by kc929
In addition to all the "normal" stuff;
Garbage bag for wet/muddy kit.
Big beach towel w/ velcro for changing clothes.
Wipes to clean self up after the race.
Garden sprayer for hosing down muddy bikes.
Camera for shots of teammates.
Chairs for hanging out.
Mudboots ("Wellies"), rain pants and rain jacket if forecast calls for it.
Capt Willard: "Every minute I stay in this room, I get weaker, and every minute Charlie squats in the bush, he gets stronger."
There isn't really much left for me to list. These guys pretty much nailed it.
Now, I do pre ride the course at different speeds. If I find a challenge, I don't mind walking backwards on course during warm ups to try it at different speeds, find different lines, ect. I do use the trainer for warm up.