GEAR LISt and
health and safety
Correct, comfortable clothing is essential for multi day trips. It will enhance your memorable cycle journey. We strongly recommend, but you are not limited to, the following items with an emphasis on padded cycle shorts. There are several online and retail outlets that offer cycle shorts such as The Warehouse, K-Mart, Ground Effect, and Torpedo7. Your local cycle shop should have a good selection. The Mackenzie Country is an alpine environment.
Suggested Gear List
What to wear
Padded cycle shorts; strongly recommended.
Sturdy, closed toe shoes with socks (running/trail shoes are good). Laces must be short or tucked in. Do not wear sandals. We suggest that you wear shoes that you have worn previously.
Hot days; we suggest that you wear a breathable base layer top (short sleeve) and one outer layer.
Cool days; we strongly recommend that you wear (or carry) warm layers (top and bottom), and full finger gloves.
Clothing that flaps around in the wind, or may get caught in a wheel or the chain is a safety hazard. We suggest that your clothing is firm fitting but not too tight.
Helmet - provided or BYO.
Gloves: summer = fingerless, with padded palms) to protect your hands from sunburn, slippage, and vibration.
You may like to invest in some anti-chafing balm. Chamois cream is excellent for your nether regions.
What to carry
The weather may be cool or hot, and changeable. You must be prepared for weather changes.
A small day pack that you can carry on your back, especially if you aren’t using pannier bags. Some day packs have a water bladder carrier - very good idea to have. See Camelbak below.
Rain jacket, lightweight and breathable.
Gloves: winter gloves for cool/cold day (full finger) for full protection.
Lunch and snacks; dried fruit, scroggin, muesli bars are good high energy snacks. Some A2O accommodation providers supply packed lunches to cyclists.
Maps: we will provide or you can download a mobile app such as The Great Rides App. It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the route before you begin.
First aid - we will provide one small kit per group, or BYO.
Small dry bag for mobile phone.
Puncture repair equipment will only be issued to riders who are confident and competent in wheel removal, reinstallation, and puncture repair. This will be ascertained on completion of your pre tour form.
Summer months: consider purchasing, pre trip, a Camelbak or similar backpack hydration system. Two 600 ml drink bottles and a 2.5L hydration system allows you to over three litres of fluid - great when it’s very hot down this way and you have some distance to ride. The advantage of a hydration system is that it allows you to drink safely while keeping your eyes on the road and hands on the handlebar.
Wet wipes or tissues, just in case! There are toilets on the way but be prepared :-)