Just Agreed To a Four Day 500mi Ride
Hey guys, thanks for hearing me out, first off.
So, I race crits, hill climbs, and road races. I ride 200+ miles a week, I do all the local hammerfests, and I'm up at 0400 almost every day of the week to ride my bike... I'm not a complete bad ass, but I'm just painting the picture that I'm a very strong cyclist who has a very high tolerance for pain and good mental toughness.
that said... I'm scared at the thought of doing 519 miles in 4 days, it's a new discipline of cycling for me. I did a double century last year with this same friend I'll be doing this trip with, and swore I'd never do it again. Now, he's challenged me again.
What I'm looking for here, from those of you whom I assume do these types of things with at least some regularity, is what kinds of things should I bring with me, what kinds of things should I plan for? Things that I wouldn't think of on my usual weekly training routine? I've no doubt that I can do this trip, but I do have doubts that I'll prepare properly.
Here's what I thought of:
backpack containing tubes, tires, a clean kit to alternate day to day, and a change of clothes that I can wash daily when I wash my kit.
Outside of that, what else do you long distance and touring guys recommend I bring with? I'll be riding my Madone and any provisions must be kept to a backpack. We are planning to stay in a motel each night and are sure to pick ones with laundry facilities on site. I just don't want to get stranded on the road, so any tips are appreciated. All of the days will be pretty flat and easy, with the exception of one day climbing the mountains around big bear California (135mi 14,000ft) so I'm not worried about legs, just worried about mechanical stuff.
and of course any other suggestions for a first time long distance trip are appreciated. This will be end of October, so jacket will be coming too.