Race Bag Essentials

Packing up every weekend for a race can leave you exhausted, stressed and with sh*t everywhere. 


Watch the video to see how I pack my bag for race day!!

Along with some special TIPS  :) 


I recently dug out my cycling sport bag to get ready for this weekends race, only to be confronted with a pile of odds n ends that had been complete neglected since the last race over 6 months ago. It wasn't pretty. There were half eaten bars, sticky gels, socks, piles of wrappers, bib numbers, and a few water bottles. After emptying, deciding what was trash and what was actually salvageable and a good dust bustering (seriously they still exist and are so useful!), I got to work repacking. This time I made a plan in order to have things packed neatly, quickly, and hopefully keep my season a little less stressful. We'll see in 6 months how this all worked for me... but for now, I'm sharing it with you in hopes that it helps ease your pre-race issues! 

 Go into race day with a clean, focused race bag! 

Go into race day with a clean, focused race bag! 

 

Essentials: The things you won't be able to race without. 

  • Kit
  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • Helmet
  • Sunglasses
  • Computer/ Watch
  • HR monitor 
  • Gloves
  • Racing License 
  • Towel
  • Arm Warmers/Long gloves (you never know!) 
  • Water Bottles
  • Saddle Bag ( you wont' race with it, but good to have on hand)
 a look at my food options. I take gum along to help calm me before a race start! 

a look at my food options. I take gum along to help calm me before a race start! 

Nutrition: While your exact nutrition will vary from race to race depending on course duration/mileage... its good to keep a stock packed all the time. 

  • Gels/Chews (sport food is best for race day!)
  • Bars
  • Beverage
  • Electrolytes
  • Extra Water
  • Musette Bag (for potential feed zone)
  • Immediate Recovery
  • Pre + Post Meals (most races take place away from dining options!)
  • Snacks you love (when you're feeling nervous, its best to have something you can snack on to calm + get calories in)

Extras: This list is my must have extras, make your own, but try to keep it scaled down. This is where things can get over packed and messy. 

  • Sandals 
  • Hat
  • Cash
  • Sunscreen
  • Headphones
  • Clothing (always bring a WARM option)
  • Stick/Foam Roller/ Compression Socks/Sleeves 
  • Wipes/Cleansing Cloths
  • Safety Pins
  • Hair Brush (ladies...) 
  • Contacts (always a must to bring an extra pair!)

 

Hope that's helpful! Happy Racing Everyone!  

If you have other suggestions, please comment!