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Randonneur Pre-Ride Report: 3CR 1000k – Drop Bags

As an Interactive Producer for KQED Science, much of my work-related responsibilities involves research: interviewing scientists; reading tons of articles; staying up-to-date on current news in search of compelling story ideas. And I think I’ve naturally gravitated towards my chosen profession as I truly enjoy conducting research — especially for the documentary / journalistic nature of my job. So it’s no surprise this has carried over into my personal life, so when I embark on a new endeavor, or try out a new product — I tend to do a lot of research before committing to it.

So in the course of preparing for 3CR, I’ve combed through many riders’ blogs and read countless ride reports; scanned cycling forum posts; and chatted with many seasoned randos to soak in their wisdom of how to get ready for this randonnée.

I actually started packing a month ahead of time in order to assemble all of the necessities for my drop bags (I didn’t want to forget anything and started a pile in my closet that gradually grew over the passing weeks.) After doing all of the above research and then some — I packed two bags following the rules set by the organizers (only a few items aren’t pictured that I’m still in the process of rounding up, as noted. Also not pictured is the kit I’m wearing on the first day):

(From the 3CR website – Drop Bag Service:
Included in the price of the entry is transportation of riders’ drop bags from the start to King City and the finish in San Luis Obispo. Drop bags cannot weigh more than 20 pounds; any bags that are heavier will not be accepted. Your bags will be weighed before they are accepted for loading. Three bags are allowed per rider.

No bike cases, spare bikes or wheels will be transported for riders from the start to the finish.

All bags must have a sturdy, large nametag or name directly inked on the bag so that the last name of the owner is easily recognized from a distance. (Riders should also put another nametag inside the bag in case the regular nametag gets torn off during transportation.) Be sure to pack light and don’t bring any breakable glass containers with fluids inside. Any unclaimed bags after the event is completed will be returned to the owner at their expense.

Though we don’t envision any problems with bag drop security, the organizers cannot be responsible for any loss or theft of drop bags or their contents; please don’t bring anything that cannot be replaced, such as your treasured LEL or GRR finisher’s jersey.

Drop Bag #1: King City
This backpack has less stuff as I really just need the basics here: fresh clothes, toiletries, electronics and some bike stuff. (And some food, which I’ll cover in a future post.)

-Small Alite Designs backpack
-(2) Flight 001 ID tags
-Fresh kit: Giro Peloton cap; bandanna; Sheila Moon jersey; Craft baselayer; bra; Assos H Fl.Lady_s5 shorts; Sock Guy wool socks; storage/laundry bag
-Toiletries: sunblock; Beljum Butter chamois cream; toothbrush; toothpaste; lotion; shampoo; ear plugs
-iPhone and lights chargers; bike tube


Drop Bag #2: San Luis Obispo
As I’ll be accessing this bag twice (once en route and at the finish), I needed to pack gear for both my ride and my journey home.

-Large Alite Designs backpack
-(2) Flight 001 ID tags
-Fresh kit: Giro Peloton cap; bandanna; Ride-On jersey; short sleeve Sheila Moon jersey and shorts; Craft baselayer; bra; Sock Guy wool socks; storage/laundry bag (and clothes for trip home, not pictured)
-Toiletries: sunblock; Chamois Butt’r; toothbrush; toothpaste; lotion; shampoo; ear plugs
-iPhone, lights and camera chargers; bike tubes; lube; rag; leg roller; spare tire (not pictured)

Day Two Clothes

Day Two Stuff

I also gathered up some extra stuff I’ll be putting in my handlebar bag (and I’m still getting a quick link and will have a chain tool handy.)

-Extra water bottle
-Extra tube
-Tums / Pepto Bismol tablets
-iPod / headphones
-Ziploc bag (not pictured)
-Space blanket (not pictured)

Extra Stuff

*See my previous post on my gear list for 3CR here.*


Randonneur Pre-Ride Report: 3CR 1000k – Gear

With the Santa Cruz Randonneurs’ 2014 California Central Coast Randonnée looming before me, I’ve been slowly ramping up preparations for my longest ride to date — 1000 kilometers.

The first thing I wanted to get squared away was my gear, with my bicycle being at the top of the list. While I had built up my rando-specific bike last year (which served me well during my second full series and many other rides), I debated whether I should switch to my El Camino CX bike (which I had used for most of last year in a rather kludgy set-up.) I was in the process of rebuilding my Ocean Air (trading in the Campy Athena triple group for Shimano Ultegra compact 11-speed) and my CX bike was much lighter. And after completing a few brevets on my CX bike, I was once again seduced by the allure of weight-weenieism. So after much hemming, hawing and other mental shuffling-back-and-forth — the El Camino won my internal battle and I started to prep it for the event. I just needed to make a few tweaks to get it ready: I borrowed a generator hub-equipped front wheel from my friend Martin; borrowed a Supernova headlight that fits onto the skewer from my friend Alfie; broke in my new Brooks Cambium C17 saddle with some long training rides; acquired a new Paloma handlebar bag from Swift Industries after investigating some other bags owned by other randos (Martin had lent me his Revelate saddle bag but decided I’d rather the bike be front-loaded); also bought an Oveja Negra Snack Pack for my camera; mounted some new Cygolite taillights on the seat stays. So while I feel a bit guilty leaving my rando steed behind, I hope I’ve made the best choice — I’ll be able to say for sure at the end of the ride (and I’m crossing fingers that I finish successfully!)


Here’s a rundown of the other stuff I’ll be carrying:

Contents of my saddlebag: Archive Bags saddlebag with (2) tubes; (2) Pedro’s tire levers; patch kit; (2) rubber gloves; Park Tool emergency tire boot patches; Fix It Sticks; (3) zip ties; Owleye spare headlight. (I know other randos carry spare spokes, tires and chain tools, but I’m just hoping I won’t need those.) Tools Contents of my handlebar bag:  (front pocket) sun block; (5) small packs of Chamois Butt’r; spare contact lenses; (4) Action Wipes; Salt Stick caps; ibuprofen; caffeine pills. Health (main compartment) Topeak Mini Morph pump; stuff sack with Rapha hi-viz gilet; Sheila Moon fleece arm arm warmers; Sheila Moon knee and ear warmers; possum wool gloves and neckwarmer. Clothing Accessories I’ll be wearing and have: Giro Aeon helmet; Petzl Tikka headlampVespertine Vespert; bandanna; GORE Bike Wear gloves; Joglite Rivendell Bike ankle reflectors; Sidi shoes; (2) San Francisco Randonneur water bottles.   Accessories

It’s a pretty minimal list, but I’m aiming for the less-is-more, super-streamlined approach. Plus we’ll be close to civilization for most of the time, so I’m guessing I can find whatever else I may need on the road. Gotta remember to bring a pen, too!

Up next: Drop Bags, then Food.


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