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Doing the 508 tomorrow - what did I forget ?(10 posts)

Doing the 508 tomorrow - what did I forget ?PeterRider
Oct 10, 2003 9:29 AM
... not as a rider, but as crew member :-) What are the things I'm going to forget and definitely need ? (don't need a reminder about the obvious things like pump, spare tubes or suncream).

Doug, if you're around, what software did you use to make those 2D and 3D plots, is it TopoUSA ? In the affirmative, do you still have the corresponding file, I would be interested.

Thanks !

Pierre
good for youDougSloan
Oct 10, 2003 9:45 AM
Good to help someone out. Who's your rider?

I used Delorme Topo USA. Don't know what you mean about the file. I created map images and sent them to Chris Kostman. After creating each image, the map file would change.

Need? Well, I'd think your rider would take care of that mostly. Not your responsibility. But, here's at least a partial list:

*anything necessary to fix the bike(s), including spares
*water bottles, Camelbak
*food and drink for crew; they need to eat, too; may want several types of caffeinated drinks, like Starbucks in the little jars and Mountain Dew; beef jerky good, too.
*cash
*credit cards
*spare gas can, filled (depending on your vehicle)
*insurance and registration for vehicle
*first aid stuff
*some type of "road side" toilet, with TP!
*paper towels
*Tums, anti-gas, motrin, etc.; eye drops
*hat, sunglasses
*notebook and pens (keep track of food and water)
*salt
*camera
*roof lights and signage per rules
*flashlight
*warm clothes (will be cold at Townes Pass)
*lots of CD's (no radio reception in Death Valley)

That's a start. This should have been nailed down by the rider weeks ago.

Have fun and let us know how it went

Doug
Do you still have the map files ?PeterRider
Oct 10, 2003 9:56 AM
Rider is Ibex.

I have Delorme TopoUSA as well, so if you have all the waypoints stored in a file(s) and that file(s) still available, I could plot the stuff on my laptop.

We had a whole list of stuff for rider/crew/bike, but I prefer to double-check with experienced people.

Apart from the salt (that I was going to forget) and the eye drops (good idea), I think we have everything on your list. Thanks !

Pierre
nopeDougSloan
Oct 10, 2003 10:33 AM
Got a new computer. Might have them archived somewhere, but don't know.

Hint: Add a little salt (1/2 teasp.?) to each water bottle, with your rider's consent, of course. Not enough to really affect the taste, but enough to supplement and reduce the chances of hyponatremia, which is an extreme concern for this race. Do this even if he's taking Endurolytes or the equivalent.

Doug
good list, I would also addcyclopathic
Oct 10, 2003 9:57 AM
sleeping bag and some basic stuff for your car:
- oil
- transmission fluid
- water for radiator
- tire patch tools and plugs
- pump (you can always use floor pump)
- working A/C ;)

looking forward to see pics. Maybe you'll crew for me next year :)
some additional itemsKeeping up with Junior
Oct 10, 2003 10:26 AM
Not sure of support on this ride but past crews for me on other long rides have suggested the following too:

lawn chair (if waiting alongside the road for the rider to come up)

binoculars (too pick the rider out from others at a distance to get ready for a handup)

unique shirt (many crew wear the generic volunteer shirt and all look the same to the rider from a distance0
re: Doing the 508 tomorrow - what did I forget ?boyd2
Oct 10, 2003 10:36 AM
Nobody ever seems to mention the one item I never leave home without weather on a bike ride or cutting the grass.

3.5" folding blade knife one handed opening with lock. Spyderco clipit delica specifically. It is the most useful tool I own. I recently added a Princeton Tech "pulsar" micro LED light to the lanyard. Zero weight and it comes in really handy.

I would also carry my letherman on a trip like that.
Patience, humor, and a good book or 2.dzrider
Oct 10, 2003 10:56 AM
Crew is supposedly an acronym for cranky runner, endless waiting. I suppose it could just as well be cranky rider. Crewing is great, but it can sure have its trials.
CB or two-way radiosTWD
Oct 10, 2003 2:17 PM
If you'll be running more than one crew vehicle, a set of CBs or two-way radios is a good idea.
re: Doing the 508 tomorrow - what did I forget ?spankdoggie
Oct 10, 2003 5:59 PM
Don't forget the Ensure! ;-)