Training Camp Essentials

12th March 2014 in General by Belinda Scott

Going away on a training camp? Don't miss out on cycling because you've left something at home...

The most obvious things to organise before you go away are travel and health insurance. If you have a Road ID band or similar, wear it on the road. Accidents can happen. 

When travelling abroad with your bike one of the first things you will need is a sturdy Bike Bag. The Evoc Bike Travel Bag is easy to pack, with minimal disassembly required, and will protect your bike during transit. 

ESSENTIALS FOR PUTTING YOUR BIKE BACK TOGETHER ON ARRIVAL

 

Packing tip: Before you twist the handlebars for packing, mark their position with e.g. insulating tape. Black tape on black bars is inconspicuous and can be left on until you come to unpack the bike back home.

"JUST IN CASE" AND "NICE TO HAVE" ITEMS

  • Spare tyres
  • Zip ties for packing up
  • Pipe insulation for protecting tubes
  • Wipes for cleaning your bike

On a daily basis you will probably need to take the following with you. If you have a support vehicle many of these items can go in there but you will have to rely on being near it when you want your stuff.

  1.  Saddle Bag - Specialized Wedgie Bag
  2.  Tyre Levers - Tacx Tyre Levers
  3.  Compact Pump - Topeak Race Rocket HPX
  4.  Recovery Powder - Torq Recovery Mix
  5.  Energy Chews - Clif Shot Bloks
  1.  Hydration Tablets - Nuun Active Hydration Tablets
  2.  Waterproof Wallet - Sigma Sport PocPac 
  3.  Energy Gel - SIS Go Isotonic Energy Gel
  4.  Inner Tubes - Specialized Inner Tubes

Also: Suitable clothing (armwarmers, gilet etc.) For more detail on clothing see below. 

How to dress for early season training camps.

Whilst the weather is generally warmer in March/April in Spain than in Britain, it can still be unpredictable and usually pretty windy. Take clothing that will give you the flexibility to have a range of options. 

Comfortable shorts. A no-brainer but necessary to point out. You will be spending far more time in the saddle than normal, day after day.

Avoid raw skin by using Chamois Cream as well. 

Short sleeved jerseys for the warm days.

For cooler days wear Armwarmers and Kneewarmers with a gilet.

Take a rain jacket if you are going into the mountains or the weather looks unpredictable. This can be your windproof for the descent too.

For cold days a pair of Legwarmers and a Windproof Jacket should be worn. 

It's worth taking some Toe Covers as a minimum for the cold mornings, and some Overshoes for when it is colder and/or there is some surface water.

General Tips

  • Do what your guides tell you.
  • Keep a tight group, take it steady down the descents etc. Avoid the Battle of the Somme experience - bodies everywhere.
  • Ask them for food recommendations. Nothing more galling than chewing through a mouthful of not easily digestable cheese baguette when the guides are scoffing a beautiful almond cake. They know the cafes and the best places to eat. 
  • Carry enough nutrition with you +1 extra bar or gel. Even if you don't need it one of your fellow riders just might. 
  • Don't be tempted to get drunk in the evenings because you're on holiday (you're not).
  • Establish a routine. As soon as you get in from a ride, eat or drink a recovery product, wash your clothes, yourself, bottles and your bike if it needs it. 
  • Tip your guides.
  • Tell others about your good experiences. Share the love!
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