I have 2 bikes both of which I love for different reasons. Dirty Girl a Gary Fisher Advance mountain bike that I use for my daily rides and training and Lola a Trek Lexa SL road bike 95% used for road riding (a little paved trail riding here and there when she looks lonely). Both serve their purposes exceptionally well. I rode my first…[Read more]
This year we had our 17 yo son drive another team’s 31′ RV. Great way to break in a newbie support driver ;)
I always prepare a binder for my support driver with the overall SAG maps for the week (once posted), bike route maps, the overnight town maps, contact list for the team(s) and host families (if you stay with a host), and a copy of the…[Read more]
You will find the 6-8am timeframe to be the most crowded. It thins out as the day wears on. As you are with a charter, they will be leaving at 7am with or without your bags. I would recommend getting up and getting your gear to the truck, then taking time for breakfast in town before hitting the road. This will help the crowd to thin out before…[Read more]
Check with your charter, they will probably have a set time they need all bags/gear loaded on the trucks to move to the next town, so plan accordingly.
I would also venture to assume your charter will be providing showers and a majority of riders shower after coming in for the day vs. in the morning. I prefer getting all the sunscreen and road…[Read more]
I’m all for Camelbaks. I carry 3L of water with me and that can get me through 60-70 miles easily. Plus I can carry any extra stuff I want with me (sunscreen, poncho, snacks, sharpies, flip flops, etc). I usually bring bottles with me and on a short day (~40 miles) I’ll bottle it, but I love, love, love my camelbak and would never think to ride…[Read more]