The Double Century, taking place in Swellendam on November 26, is a long one-day stage race which requires a slightly different packing list than for a regular road event.
Here are some things we bet you never knew you needed to pack:
Duct tape: A standard in any mountain biker’s kit, duct tape has solved many a disaster and it adds no weight. The best way to take it with you is to wrap your CO2 canisters in it.
Cable ties: The medium-sized ones are the most useful. Pack two or three in your saddle bag, taped to the bottom of your saddling, or even inside your seat tube.
Baby formula dispensers: These plastic containers have separate sections ideal for nutrition mixes. Measure out the individual servings, label with a permanent marker, and keep with your support vehicle driver.
Menthol sweets or peppermints: Keep one in your jersey pocket. As the day wears on and your bottles have warmed, suck on the peppermint and then drink – it will taste colder. Peppermint is also a proven mood stimulator.
A small, thin rag: Need to fix your chain or a tube? You’ll be pleased you packed a piece of old cycling sock or the like to wipe your hands with.
The 202km route around the Overberg will take riders through the picturesque town of Montagu, over the Tradouw Pass, the 7km Op de Tradouw stretch and the challenging “three sisters” formation.