Trans Baviaans - What you need to pack

So with Trans Baviaans just around the corner I was surfing the internet to find some last minute tips and tricks for the last countdown post.  I found lots, but later on that in my next post. I don't know if you guys are familiar with velo tales? Velouria has done the Trans Baviaans at least 10 times, I am suspecting more.  He was kind enough to post the list that he has been using since his first Trans Baviaans to pack.  He posted this originally in 2008.  Over to Velouria! With my fifth Trans Baviaans coming up this year, I thought I would put up some handy tips and hints. Here is an email I got 5 years ago (copied verbatim), and I still use it as a guide: 1.Spare battery or light 2.Spare clothing if it gets wet
  • 3 pairs of cycling pants
  • warm clothes for the evening
  • rain jacket
  • half jacket for windchill
  • arm warmers
  • booties for cold and rain
  • 3 pairs of socks for ride
  • extra socks in evening
  • earwarmers
  • balaclava
  • hoodie
  • 2 pairs of gloves - one for warm and one for cold
  • legwarmers or long bike pants(leotard type)
  • newspaper can be used in early morning and discarded
  • plastic bags for shoes if it rains.
The guy who wrote this was quite worried about getting cold - half of that stuff is overkill, but rather have too much warm stuff, than too little. 3. Camelback drinking system or water bottles 4. Energy drinks and bars - get not only sweet ones, but also muesli type - one may get sick of sweet stuff, so consider potatoes, sandwiches, coffee and rusks, fruit. 5. Spare tubes, chainbreaker, spare link, spare tyres, pumps, chainlubrication, spare chain, puncture kit No wonder it takes the back markers so long - they are virtually shipping an entire bike shop through the Trans Baviaans bit by bit. Remember, it is a team event - each person doesn't have to carry their own spares. 6.  First aid kit Somehow this has ended up in my CamelBak for 4 years now. Thankfully we have never had to use it yet 7. Camera Nice to have - the scenery is quite spectacular, and now that the backup vehicles don't go through the Trans Baviaans anymore, proof that you rode it is harder to get. 8. Tents Some people do sleep along the way, or you can sleep at the finish. Obviously, this goes in the backup vehicle, and not in the CamelBak. 9. Water - in the backup vehicle 10. Bakkies Although with the vehicles no longer going through the Baviaans Kloof, any vehicle will do. 11. Trailer DO NOT TAKE A VENTER TRAILER THROUGH THE BAVIAANS KLOOF. Been there, done that, destroyed a trailer. And it wasn't even ours! 12. Space blankets 13. Gas stove and gas for coffee No wonder it took us 18 hours 14. A light that works off either gas or car battery. 15. Wood,grid and meat,bread/rolls - you could do with it after eating energy bars all day ! Very sound advice - why isn't this #1? Probably less likely - 16. Sunscreen 17. Sleeping bags 18. Prozac and condoms 19. Only joking We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into 20. Helmet and sunglasses 21. Towel and toiletries 22. Spare legs and neck
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400"] 2004 - Wet[/caption]
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400"] 2005 - Dry[/caption]
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="300"] 2007 - Dry[/caption]
So, it looks like we might be in for a wet one this year.
One final thing - lights. Get the best light you can afford. But don't be silly. It is a team event, mostly on big wide roads, so the combined light of the team is usually more than enough.
The better the light, the faster you go.The race is very weather dependent. The best ride we have had was 12 hours, and the worst was 18 hours.
Oh yes - one last thing. Make sure you read the map. Otherwise you WILL get lost. You only have to make 5 turns throughout the whole race. Just make sure you make them at the right places. You have been warned.

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