I’m entering the final few days before the trip. The bike is still in the shop and waiting for a boot from Cannondale to arrive, hopefully by Wednesday. Planning to do a quick shake down ride on Wednesday as on Thursday afternoon I will be leaving directly from work to make the approximately 7 hour drive to Flagstaff, AZ for a Friday morning start.
Right now I’m still on the fence about taking a backpack for this race as I would prefer to have all my gear on the bike. Just hoping water is available along the route which should allow me to get away with only carrying four water bottles. The weather looks to be almost perfect for a bikepacking race, daytime temperatures in the lower 70's and nights in the 40's. Another reason to assume that a little less water may not be an issue.
I will be using a large seatbag for the sleeping gear and food that I plan to carry. Also have jersey pockets which will hold a surprising amount of food. The water bottles will be attached to the frame of the bike. Overall this should be a very light setup while still providing me access to all the things needed for a few nights out in the woods!
The tracking page will be posted in a couple days and I hope you guys will follow along! The photo ops should be outstanding on this route. I’m very excited and can not wait to start!