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Jamie's Race Day Kit Bag

Jamie's Race Day Kit Bag
The Professional calendar may well be getting longer and longer, with racing commencing soon after New Year. But for most of us mere mortals, the 2016 race season is only just starting. It's that time of year when we either dust off our faithful race bike, after 5 months of hibernating in the loft. Or wheel out the shiny new steed. You have probably just taken delivery of your new club kit too. Most of us will have invested in our club’s latest design jersey, shorts and skin suit, but that’s about it!
 
The majority of our club’s or teams won’t have given us the option of all the other necessary items and accessories, that we should have ready every time we leave for an event. Here are a few tips and hints on what to do and what not to do, when preparing your kit bag.
 
Make a checklist of everything you might need to take on race day.
 
This simple tip can certainly save you some costly and even embarrassing moments. Forgetting your gloves on a cold day, or your rain jacket because it was sunny when you left home, will make your race day miserable and maybe even ruin your chance of a win. And you definitely don’t want to find yourself walking around the village hall changing rooms looking to borrow a pair of used bib shorts.
 
Pack more than you need.
 
You can never have too much in your kit bag! As we all know, the weather in the UK can be very unpredictable. This is not just a tip for during the race. Having the correct pre and post-race clothing is also vital. Some of you will travel to a local race, already dressed in your race gear. Make sure you remember warm dry clothes for after the race. Especially in early season events.
 
Podium bag.
 
Now this one probably won’t apply to everyone! But if you are on flying form, and lucky enough to get a result. Looking COOL in your moment of glory is an absolute MUST! Prepare a small bag with a towel, a bottle of water, a dry podium jersey, a cap (please!!! Cotton cycling caps only! 2016 Euro-cool rules), trainers and the obligatory sunglasses.
 
Not just clothing
 
Obviously, when packing for race day, it's not just about clothing. Nutritional products, warm up balm and chamois cream are all fundamental. I would definitely recommend experimenting with all of these products during training until you find the best products for you. Never try out new products on race day. 
 
Here is my checklist of things to take on race day
 
  • Kit-bag
  • Racing license
  • Short sleeve jersey
  • Bib shorts
  • Base layer x 2 (short and long sleeve)
  • Long sleeve jersey
  • Windproof gilet
  • Rain jacket
  • Track mitts
  • Long fingered gloves
  • Socks (2 pairs)
  • Shoes (2 pairs if you have them)
  • Oversocks
  • Overshoes
  • Cotton cap
  • Under helmet cap
  • After race beanie
  • Neck warmer
  • Arm warmers
  • Knee warmers
  • Leg warmers
  • Helmet
  • Cycling glasses 
  • Podium glasses
  • Chamois cream
  • Warm up balm
  • Towel
  • Shower/cleaning products
  • Flip flops
  • Drinking bottles
  • Nutrition (drinks mix, bars, gels)
 
Here are a few Mistakes not to make:
 
Save the Bisto for baking
 
Looking extremely cool, has always been a must in cycling. But I’ve seen people taking this to real extremes. With pictures of our pro hero’s, all tanned up in early season races. We want to follow suit, and nobody wants to roll up with pasty white legs for the local spring season opener. However! Do not go to the lengths that one of my old friends did during the traditional, classic March hare road race at London’s Eastway circuit.  Baby oil with gravy powder! His shiny tanned legs did look pretty good as we left the car park. But part way through the race, when the sun started shining, the gravy went streaky and the peloton smelled like the roast chicken section of the local supermarket.
 
Check the label on the pot
 
I have never seen a grown man in so much agony, as the time my then Pro team-mate, Chechu Rubiera mistook chamois cream for warm up balm! And I am not talking about the mild stuff! This was the biggest handful of extra hot warm-up balm, straight on the nuts! It took a few minutes for him to realize what he had done. But then it was pure carnage. Running around the team bus naked, like a headless chicken. With team soigneurs blowing on him, trying to cool him down.
 
Euro rules to looking cool
 
Cycling is one of the coolest looking sports around. And there are a few un-written rules to looking cool.
 
  • Always wear uber cool sunglasses regardless of the weather
  • Always shave your legs
  • Colour match your kit
  • Always wear socks (longer ones preferred, and match your shoes)
  • Never wear long sleeve base layer under a short sleeve jersey
  • Always celebrate a win with as much style as possible
  • Always hit the handlebars in disgust if you think you should have won
 
We have just taken delivery of the latest offerings from Italian eyewear manufacturer Briko. Briko glasses have been seen on the faces of some of the best and coolest pro cyclists over the years. The Lion King, Mario Cipollini. Marco Pantani, Michele Bartoli, Johan Museeuw, Paolo Bettini, the list goes on. And to commemorate some of the best moments and riders, they have relaunched the classics of yesterday. We have bundled up these iconic Italian shades with Our latest collection of kit bags and backpacks. And The brand new “Must have” the Carnac aero road helmet. Fast, aerodynamic, Watt saving and great looks. The Carnac aero helmet is definitely the helmet of choice for the 2016 season.
 
What Items make it into your Race Day Kit Bag?

26 February 2016

Jamie's Race Day Kit Bag

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