What to Bring on the Ride
Your cycling adventure will present a variety of conditions each and every day of the trip. It is possible, however, to take all you need and still travel relatively light by using the tricks of seasoned travelers. Layer your clothes for versatility. Be creative about what to take and what you decide to leave home. Take only what you need.
The following is our recommended list of needed items. You might want to make some slight modifications based on your own experience, preferences and creativity. Keep visibility and safety in mind at all times.
Make allowances for the time you will be pedaling and expending lots of energy, as well as other times when you’ll be a tourist, walking and gawking, and in need of walking shoes and additional clothing. Swimwear is another option, as the Wenatchee River provides a refreshing way to cool off in the Leavenworth heat.
Don’t forget to keep the combined measurement for all your gear to about 15” x 15” x 35”. Throw in a few zip-lock bags for separating out dirty clothes and keeping your clean clothes dry. Mark your gear bag with your name in large letters so you can find it in a pile of look-a-like bags. In fact, mark all your stuff!
Your riding apparel
Helmet—ANSI approved model. Required equipment, no exceptions.
- Riding gloves—cushions your hands and provides protection in case of a fall. Consider thick, padded gloves.
- Riding shoes—stiff-soled bicycling shoes are best.
- 2 extra pairs of riding shorts—bicycling shorts with a pad. Running or walking shorts are not recommended.
- 2 extra jerseys for warmer weather.
- 1 pair of tights or long underwear to keep your knees warm while cycling in cool weather, especially early in the morning.
- 1 outer shirt—long-sleeve cycling jersey or vest for cool days; polypropylene or wool is best.
- Arm warmers—substitute for long-sleeve cycling jersey on cool mornings.
- 3 pairs of socks—at least a couple of wool pairs for warmth.
- Raingear—waterproof nylon or Gore-Tex type materials are best.
- Eye protection—helps keep the sun, bugs, dust and dirt out of your eyes.
- Bodyglide or Butt-R to reduce chafing caused from hours in the saddle.
- Other clothes for comfort, style, and function
- 1 pair walking shorts, 1 pair long pants or jeans, 1 shirt or blouse.
- Underwear—whatever you consider necessary.
- Shoes or sandals, flip-flops.
- Swimwear for that cold dip in the river in Leavenworth.
- Outerwear—jacket, coat, windbreaker or sweater, whichever suits your preferences.
Tent—we will be camping both nights and tents are not provided. Bring a self-standing tent if you have one. Make sure all the parts (nylon, poles, lines, stakes, stuff sack for storage, footprint and any other necessary parts) are present and accounted for and that you can find a use for each piece.
- Sleeping bag—a lightweight bag or flannel sleep sack. A dry, fluffed-up and properly insulated sleeping bag is a warm and comfortable bag. For a change, try placing a sheet on top of your pads and use your sleeping bag as a blanket. This is an excellent technique for hot and humid evenings (not usually a problem on the Courage Classic).
- Insulating ground protection—use a Therma-Rest for padding and insulation from the cool ground. UPS is transporting your bag, so bring that favorite pillow from home!
- Flashlight or headlamp.
- Line—rope, cord, string, etc. Nylon “parachute cord” is great for hanging clothes.
- Duct tape—good for repairing just about anything. Also good for foot blisters!
- Toiletries—soap, razor, tooth stuff, floss, contact lens supplies, chapstick, Vaseline, talc, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, etc.
- Towel—also include a hand towel or wash cloth.
- Prescription medicines—in their original marked containers with enough for the entire trip, plus a little extra.
- Extra prescription glasses or contact lenses—don’t leave home without them!
- Zip-Lock bag supply—wrap up those items you always to keep dry.
- Cash or a bank card—for that massage, hanging out at The Brick, shopping in town or river rafting in Leavenworth.