I had a whale of a time, got there in under 14 days, which was my target – shame the party was actually on the 16th day this year! The EKO was lovely
I learned how to commit to the ride often riding late into the night into checkpoints 2 and 3, and overnighting in fields in the czech republic. This made a massive difference to the time I had on the bike compared to tcr3.
I actually crashed at a hotels more often than not, but these generally were not planned, and I was prepared to ride into the night, then found a hotel / pension just about to close at 10 at night, so it seemed rude not to roll in 🙂
Jersey – Pirate top – its bright and yellow, and hideous.
Cap – #39 – I’ll get that at registration
Cycle shoes – Bont riot MTB shoes. These are half a size up from my normal 44s, but I’ve been struggling with the width of cycle shoes. I got these a month ago and have been riding in them ever since including 2 long rides. My old faithful specialized sport shoes were about 8 years old now and showing their age. They are now in the bin.
Glasses / Sun Glasses – Oakley prescription half jacket sunnies – they are brilliant, and so good not to have to carry contact lenses this time. – in left rear pocket or on face
Leyzyne wallet – holds passport, money etc – in central rear pocket
Phone – Sony xperia 5 – in central rear pocket. Its waterproof,
komoot on it with all the route gpx’s as emergency navigation backup – all maps pre-downloaded
OpenStreetMap for android for searching for food when I have no wi-fi