Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
So here are some must-takes and don't-takes!
- padded cycling shorts - you would be *even* sorer without these!
- cycling gloves - otherwise your hands start going numb.....
- lots of sunscreen
- cycling/sport sunglasses - we discovered that regular ones don't really work well with your helmet...
- hand sanitizer and tissues - about a third of the toilet stops are drop-toilets with no running water...
Don't need to take
- snacks - even though this is in the packing list, the team goes out and buys crisps, fruit and chocolate bars every night, and they're available every hour when you stop. I ended up not eating the ones I'd brought with me
- too many clothes -there are 3 opportunities to wash clothes, so you only need a week of clothes, max
- electrolyte powder - again, they have this on the support van, although if you like a particular kind, then definitely bring that
You also might consider
- a handlebar bag - we brought these, and were glad we did. They gave us instant access to our camera, sunblock, hand sanitizer etc., even between the van stops. However, you can also get into your daypack on the bus during the breaks so it's not something you *have* to have.
- I cycled mostly in Tevas (sport sandals) and found it more comfortable and cooler than wearing sneakers.