• At Least One Support Vehicle (no more than 80 inches wide)
Although there is no limit on the number of support vehicles, we recommend not more than two for solo riders, and not more than three for teams. At least one vehicle must be set up as a “follow vehicle,” and must have at least two licensed/insured drivers.
Minivans are the most popular; but any vehicle less than 80 inches wide is allowed. We recommend a roof rack for storing bikes and wheels, and for mounting the required rear-facing lights.
• At Least Two Crew Members
There are no restrictions on the maximum number of support crew members, but at least two are required for the duration of the race for all solo and two rider relay divisions. Four rider relay teams are not required to have designated crew members, as they may crew for themselves.
We recommend three crew for solo riders, especially if the rider has only one support vehicle. That way crew members may take turns driving, preparing food and doing hand-offs, and sleeping. Sleeping is important for crew members so that there is always an alert, safe driver in the support vehicle.
• A Cell Phone (or better yet, a Satellite Phone)
Four of the seven Time Stations along the course are unmanned, and require the racer or crew to call in their time to Race Headquarters. Cell reception on the course is spotty, and sometimes non-existent, especially between Escalante and Panguitch, and then again up and over Cedar Breaks. Bring a roll of quarters or a calling card for use at pay phones. While a pay phone will be available at all unmanned Time Stations, in areas between Time Stations if an emergency happens, the only way to get help may be a satellite phone. Satellite phones may be rented - and we'll do some research about that and add details when we have them.
• Rear-facing, Flashing Amber Lights
Each vehicle used to follow a racer must have, and use at all times when following, two amber (not red) flashing lights mounted on the far left and right rear of the roof visible only from the rear. The flashing lights must be powered by the electrical system of the vehicle, and not by batteries.
Radio Shack, or other auto supply stores or RV stores generally carry the lights and parts you’ll need. We recommend not waiting until the last minute to get situated with lighting.
• Slow Moving Vehicle Triangle / “Caution Bicycles Ahead” Sign
A standard reflective equilateral "slow moving vehicle" triangle (minimum height of 12" with a red or orange reflective border not less that 1.5" in width) must be displayed at all times while following directly behind the rider. The triangle must be removed when the vehicle is not directly following. Triangles are generally available at auto supply shops.
A sign (or set of signs) that reads CAUTION BICYCLE AHEAD. This type of sign can be ordered through a sign shop, homemade using white adhesive shelf paper or white heavy card stock with reflective red or orange 4 to 6 inch lettering, or pre-ordered from Planet Ultra for pick-up at rider check-in.
• Bicycle Lights and Reflectors
All bicycles ridden at night must be equipped with a headlight, attached to the bicycle, and at least one taillight (two are better), which must be ON at all times. Both front and rear lights must be visible from 500 feet.
All bicycles must have either reflective material facing all four directions (meaning installing reflectors, or placing reflective tape on crank arms, seat stays and fork) or the rider must wear a reflective vest or sash and reflective ankle bands on both legs. (Hint: When using reflective tape, to avoid damage to paint, put electrical tape on first, and place the reflective tape on top.)
We recommend using everything: Reflectors on your bike and on your body.
• Food & Drink For Riders And Crew (Duh!)
By race day, riders should have their nutrition pretty much dialed in. Please consider though, that what tastes good on a training ride, a century, or even a double century, may make your stomach turn under different conditions such as high heat, altitude, sleep-deprivation, and just plain long miles. So bring some back-up choices. Don’t lock yourself into what you think should work for you based on your past rides. This is a whole new deal.
And don’t forget your crew. They need nutritious foods and lots of fluid to keep themselves in top crewing form.
There are a few opportunities along the course to buy groceries and/or meals; but we do recommend coming prepared with just about everything you and your crew could want/need.
Don’t forget to bring a couple of ice chests; and stock up on ice at every opportunity.
We recommend bringing a huge variety of clothing, suitable for every conceivable type of weather. Be prepared for daytime temperatures as high as 100 and nighttime temperatures as low as 30. There is always the possibility of rain anywhere on the course, and the chance of hail on the way up and over Cedar Breaks.
Bring it all, even if you don’t use it: Extra shorts and jerseys, leg warmers, arm warmers, knee warmers, tights, vest, wind jacket, rain jacket, booties, full-fingered gloves or mittens, extra socks and gloves. A shower cap to put over your helmet in rain is great to keep your head warm and dry.
• Bicycle Parts
There are NO bike shops on the course until Cedar City (which may or may not be open when you get there), so bring everything you could possibly need to keep your bike moving along the course (and a person with knowledge to fix stuff). Bring tires, tubes, spokes, cables, chains, extra water bottles, and the tools to fix or adjust anything that needs work. For solo riders, we recommend bringing an extra bike, so you can keep moving if your main ride needs repairs. At the very least, bring an extra set of wheels.
• Health Supplies
Again, we recommend bringing more than you think you need – above and beyond, but including, a well stocked first-aid kit. Bring sunscreen, lip balm, deodorant (please), ibuprofen, aspirin, antacids, anti-diarrheal, antihistamine, and first-aid anti-biotic ointment. We recommend a toothbrush and toothpaste as it feels really good to have a clean mouth after eating bike food hour after hour. And don’t forget to bring your favorite butt cream.
• Miscellaneous Stuff
Garbage bags, paper towels, baby wipes, batteries, duct tape, electrical tape, fix-a-flat, blankets, pillows, clip board, paper, pens. For nighttime use, your crew should have at least one flashlight. A hikers headlamp works really well when the crew needs both hands to work. Some riders like to listen to music; but if you use an iPod, please note that only one ear can be covered. If you want to memorialize your awesome effort, don’t forget your camera or video!