Here is pt. 1
For an update, in case it might help someone in the near future, as the search function did not help me much for this.
The route is mapped on Garmin Connect, which one must register with to use. So, I am mapping out the route myself via Ridewithgps, which can export cues openable with Excel. From the Excel spreadsheet, I'm making a Word file with an arrow graphic indicating direction and intersection type and distance at that point, and any pertinent information like checkpoint, etc. (I already have a Suunto watch with the bikepod so I can track distance and speed.)
The Word file cuesheets are one page per turn, exported as PDF, then saved to my phone. The phone will go in a top tube bag with a touchscreen friendly clear plastic window like this. I will put my phone on airplane mode for battery conservation, open the pdf and can swipe through directions as I go. In pt. 1, I refused the use of my phone but have recanted after getting out and trying it on the trails.
Snacks also go inside the top tube bag. More snacks and the coordinator's printed cuesheet will go in my jersey pockets. My pump is electrical taped to my top tube nearest the seatpost (no room anywhere else, no bracket for mounting on the bottle bosses). I also have a small roll of more elc. tape so I can put my pump back there if I end up using it.
Tools, spare tube will go in the saddlebag. Got two 1L waterbottles, might also take the camelback (supposed to be nearly 100 with high humidity) with diluted poweraide.
I did a 50 mile trail ride with this setup and it worked well, so I'm sticking with it. I'm considering only using my 28c Conti Top Contacts @80-90psi, pending the race coordinator's reply to an earlier email. I did the test trail ride with Vittoria commuting slicks at 120psi...a short run was over limestone gravel, that was pretty bumpy, so unless the race route has runs like this then I won't buy the cx tires I have in my Amazon shopping cart.
The race is this weekend, the coordinator is cool with a few people camping in his back yard (rural farmland for the most part), it's about 2 hours from where I live. I'll leave from my place the evening before and camp out overnight. I'll be registering for the open class but am very intimidated by the masters who will be there; a few people who rock the DK200 and a few teams. On my test ride I only managed 16.6 mph but had a small headwind and stopped a few times (adjust saddle pitch, filled up water, checked a map on the way back). Hopefully I'll place at least in the top half.
Did I miss anything?