Mountain Mayhem kit question
ive done it a few times in a team and once solo here is stuff i always take
bbq ( for warmth )
all your shoes/shorts/socks/jerseys/helmets
ski jacket – it gets very cold at night !!
good luck and enjoy it ….. see you there , ill be in a bright green mule bar jersey doing it soloPosted 8 years agoshortcutSubscriber
Wellies are the most useful thing and an excellent slipper substitute! If you can fit cleats to them they would be the best thing ever.
Money – the food tent works much better than a BBQ when it is raining and has more variety.
Lots of guy ropes and pegs for your gazibo! I had a brand new gazibo before the last one. I ended up with a number of bent poles and some muddy cloth.Posted 8 years ago
I am competing in MM for the first time and just wondered what people’s advice for kit is?
I am planning on taking a Giant XTC and also a Trek EX8.
The will be riding in the sports men category with 3 virgin team mates who all have asked me to get some advice for them.
Any helpful suggestions will help us massively. Cheers DanPosted 8 years agomr_struSubscriber
Food that you will want to eat at 4 in the morning when you are tired, covered in mud, are having the “I am never doing this again. This is the least fun I have ever had. What was I thinking?” moment that is inevitable and are due to go out on a lap in half an hour.
Camping chairs are also a must. Being able to have a nice comfy seat and a cuppa is astonishingly restorative of one’s feeling of well being.
And wellies. Definitely wellies.
 any seat will be comfy after the first 10 hours.Posted 8 years ago
A cold Dominos pizza then is called for at 4am or the day befores curry. Result. Wellies will be purchased tomorrow. But I am the kind of nutter that goes out riding in the wet and boggy conditions the Gloucestershire hills offer even on Christmas day at 5am so I don’t think the course is going to shock me. It will do for my fairy team mates however.
Does anyone have a short version of the route, i.e hill, flat, wood, decent, hill etc?Posted 8 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
Singletrack are doing a Mayhem supplement with the next issue (due out 10th June) so have a read of that, there’ll still be time to get yourself sorted.Posted 8 years ago
It’s always the little things that make life more bearable – baby wipes, toilet roll, latex gloves (for cleaning mud off bike and not getting hands all filthy).
ALL your tools. Spares (rear mech hanger etc). Spare bike if you have one. Assortment of tyres. Warm “hanging around between laps” clothing (it may be midsummer but ski jackets are often a welcome addition when you’re waiting in the pits at 2am). Non-biking headtorch, you’ll need it for finding stuff buried in your tent.chippsSubscriber
Mainly grass and gravel tracks. Some climbing – usually a couple of sustained climbs a lap, but a few more short hauls too.
Everyone’s listed many of the good things. Make sure there’s a fiver in your Camelbak for being able to finish a bonky lap and go direct to the food tent to get some grub.
Eat as much food as you can for the entire weekend. Calories are all good in these situations…
Don’t take any food or clothing, or gear that’ll need thinking about or preparation time.
I put all my socks in one plastic bag, shorts in another, tops in another, and so on – easier when you’re brain’s broken. And a bin bag for all the dirty stuff.
HSS Hire Shops do a decent range of helpful things. MikeD from BM rented a 6ft battery powered striplight that had enough power to light his camp up for two nights, he also rented a gas powered hot water urn. Having constant hot water makes it so much easier for midnight tea/coffee/noodles…
Assuming you’re going to be sleeping, take pillows and duvet from home. You may as well make your two hours as comfy as possible. Take and old towel and bucket for ‘instant shower’ if you’re just freshening up between laps. If you have enough spare shorts, then change them as often as possible.
Most importantly though – make sure that your team mates all have the same race goal in common. If it’s just to finish, then there shouldn’t be any arguments over someone riding slowly. If you’re all out to win, then you can shout. If not, then just enjoy it and remember that at 5am, nothing’s funny any more. You’ll get through it.Posted 8 years agogeeMember
You need to get yourself a whacking great big van full of spares for 10 team bikes and 2 full time helpers to clean bikes for 24hrs straight. Then you need 4 EZ-ups, chairs, tables, gas stoves, 3 Dirtworkers, enough food for a small country, lighting, DVD player, stereo, generator to power it all… (Ducks)
And a girlfriend to massage/make food as required 🙂
GBPosted 8 years agoiamtheresurrectionSubscriber
I’d have a fresh pair of bib shorts and socks for each lap without fail. Spare shoes if you have them can be useful. I wouldn’t wear baggies if you paid me once I’m wet (and you will be)- lycra only all the way.
I agree with the food at 4am thing, choose something you know you enjoy.Posted 8 years agoclubberMember
3 virgin team mates
I’d book them in to the local massage parlour 😉
All the stuff above is about right. The biggest thing I would say is do whatever you need to do to get a big gazebo/marquee to stay under between laps if it’s p!ssing down. We have two big 3mx6m marquees which we use and mean that we’re always ok when it’s raining (or very sunny!). Seeing other teams huddling inside their 2 man tents for all the between lap time looks like about the most miserable experience ever…
Our marquees cost about £100 each on ebay – not a lot to spend between 4 people.Posted 8 years agotheotherjonvSubscriber
I found it easier to pack sets of kit into separate bags. then instead of fishing around in multiple bags for socks / shirt / shorts… – just grab a bag and it will have everything you need in it.
Discipline is good. make sure that you change into warm clothes as soon as you get back. Probably your next riding kit, then a tracksuit sort of arrangment and then ski-jacket or similar over the top. Changing first into clothes and then back into riding gear eats into time off for resting / eating / washing bikes.
Choose trousers that will go on and off over your shoes. nothing worse than hopping on one foot trying to get trousers on and falling over in the mud with all your dry kit on* (see footnote)
Get an old warm jacket (road menders one would be ideal!) for changeovers. You can wear it in the pits, hand it to your teammate as he comes off the lap so he can put it on, and keep recycling it. You don’t want to hand him your best down jacket at 2am wondering if the next thing he’s going to do is swap it for a cup of coffee and all the flapjack he can carry.
Laugh – a lot. It’s great fun even when it seems like it isn’t. And as a team you’ll do what – 5-6 hours each? I’ve been on rides that last longer than that in one go (really must learn to read a map properly)
* I hate people that say ‘there’s nothing worse than…<insert mildly unpleasant thing>’. There’s tonnes worse than falling over in some mud. Cancer. SIDS. The holocaust. And *THAT* shower incident 8-(Posted 8 years ago
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