Yorkshire True Grit is a test of your grit and determination, your ability to push on, whatever may happen. And whilst we’re all sitting around today reading headlines about how it’s the hottest day since 1976, who is to say that this will last until the weekend – or indeed if it does happen at the weekend are you ready for it?
So have you thought about what you are carrying whilst undertaking this challenge? Well to help you out we’re re-sharing the kit list that is on the website. And I realise that you’ll read it and wonder if you really need a waterproof jacket. Yes, you do. You are travelling across the North York Moors – what is happening in one valley is not necessarily what is happening in the other. Do you need a foil blanket. Yes, you do. Consider the scenarios where you have an unfortunate tumble and are unable to ride your bike (let’s say the bike is injured not you); you’ve been travelling at a pace and sweating a lot. Even this situation can require a foil blanket. Or as per last year, the weather becomes, let’s call it apocalyptic, hypothermia could easily set in and that foil blanket is the difference between getting back for a pint and not. They weigh next to nothing so there’s no excuses really!
We are recommending that you carry a minimum of 2L of water in a camelbak (other bladder-based water systems are available) or 2 large bottles of water on your bike. (Water or other drink, we’re not bothered so long as you stay hydrated, so Cider or Pimms probably aren’t a good idea). You will have access to water on The Outlaw and The Drive (see previous post about the Feed Station).
On the map that will be in your event pack that you collect at registration there are escape routes marked (these are not signed though), and phone numbers of three people that you can call in event that your ride doesn’t go the way it should.
Here’s the kit list,
- A well maintained bike suitable for off-road use, that is in good working order
- A Helmet that complies with British Safety Standards
- A Waterproof Jacket (even if it is a hot sunny day!); your showerproof/windproof is not good enough.
- An emergency foil blanket
- Your mobile phone – it must be fully charged and have battery life for the duration of the event. If you are doing the 60 miler and running Strava on your phone please consider how you would make contact with the emergency services…
- Inner tubes
- Tyre levers
- A pump – even if you have a CO2 canister…
- Trail tool including a chain tool & spare links/magic links
- A bandage and dressing (first aid kit)
- An emergency whistle
- Some money/change in case you fancy a tea stop/need to use a public phone (yes you pass one…!)
- The Map (we will issue this as a .gpx in advance of the event and you will be given a map at registration)