You should prepare for an entire day on the bike ! The way I look at it , you need to have all the food , water and fuel , as well as all the tools and parts , you will need to make it through the race . If you expect to borrow tools , eat food provided by the organizer or tell me there is water in beer at the end of the event , you ’ re going to be the guy finishing in the back of a pickup truck or getting taken to the hospital .
The riders meeting should let you know where the gas stop is . If it is back at camp , you ’ ll be able to refill your water and grab a bite to eat back at the truck . If the gas stop is away from camp , make sure you place a bag strapped to your gas can on the trailer taking the gas cans . At a minimum , you ’ ll want water , your snacks of choice , ibuprofen and a towel to clean up with during the break . I ’ ve gone so far as to have caffeinated drinks , GoPro batteries , extra gloves , extra goggles and an extra pair of big girl panties to make it through a race . Whatever it is you think you ’ ll need , plan for it , pack it and enjoy it .