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Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:46 Katie Childs
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What To Bring

Friday, 12 August 2011 14:07 administrator
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What to Bring

After signing up to train and ride over 300 miles, you may be tempted to spend a small fortune on cycling and camping equipment. Consider how often you will use these items in the future. Bikes, bicycling accessories, and clothing are available for purchase at a discount price at our sponsor, Machinery Row Bicycles.

One Gear Bag Policy

You are permitted to bring only one gear bag. Your sleeping bag and pad/air mattress must fit inside your gear bag. If you are tenting, you are also allowed a tent that is no larger than a four-person tent. Everything must be packed tightly and securely with a maximum weight of seventy-five pounds and, for the safety of our Tent & Gear team, without the use of bungee cords.

We encourage you to pack as light as possible.

We recommend packing lightly and efficiently, using a large, soft-sided duffel bag or Rubbermaid-type tote.To prevent your clothes and sleeping bag from getting wet in case of rain, it is a good idea to pack your gear in plastic bags inside your gear bag. Clothing for the day can often fit in separate zip-lock bags and sleeping bags and pads can be rolled up and placed in a garbage bag before putting them all in your duffel bag. Label your bag and gear with your name and your participant number.

Transporting Your Bike Riders are responsible for getting their bikes to Madison and we cannot store bikes overnight before the Ride.You will not need your bike on Day Zero.
What to Pack

Cycling Equipment

Required gear:

  • Bicycle (Tune-ups and other mechanical service are available all year at a 15% discount at Machinery Row Bicycles.)
  • Helmet (All riders must wear an ANSI, Snell, CPSC or ASTM approved helmet at all times while on their bikes.)
  • 2 large water bottles and/or Camel Bak (These are required so that you can stay properly hydrated.)

Suggested gear:

  • Spare tubes and patch kit
  • Tire levers
  • Tire pump, frame or mini
  • Small wrenches or multi-tool
  • Cycling gloves
  • A fanny pack, seat or handlebar bag
  • Clamp-style clothespins for route guide/cue sheets
  • If there are any particular nutritional/supplements that you like, please be sure to bring it!

ALL Participants

Camp Gear

  • Sleeping bag (plus maybe a sheet for hot nights or extra blanket for gyms with A/C)
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Pad or air mattress (for tent OR gym floor)
  • Pillow(s)
  • Towel (pack towel or chamois towel is best) and washcloth (many people bring 2 towels, as 1 may not be fully dry in the course of a day if it's humid or cloudy)
  • Alarm clock (battery operated)
  • Ear plugs and eye mask (some people snore and the gym likely will not be perfectly dark)
  • Socks or flip-flops to wear in the gym and showers
  • Tent, tent poles, stakes, and plastic for under your tent (if camping)


  • To anticipate sudden changes in temperature, choose clothing that can be easily layered
  • T-shirts (don’t forget your ACT gear!)
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • Cycling shoes
  • 1 to 4 pairs of cycling shorts
  • Cycling jerseys
  • “Regular” shorts
  • Underwear (for camp; should not be worn under bike shorts)
  • Socks
  • Sweatshirt and pants
  • Boots or sneakers
  • Long pants
  • Pajamas / sleepwear
  • Walking shoes or sandals
  • Sweatband or bandana
  • Swimsuit

Helpful Crew Additions

  • Jumper cables (if you have a car)
  • Igloo and/or ice coolers (if you have one)
  • Extra set of vehicle keys (if you have a car)
  • Markers, duct tape, rope, bungee cords, tool kit
  • Fanny / day / back pack
  • Work gloves
  • FUN! (Music, costumes, candy, stickers, etc.)

First Aid

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Prescription medication
  • Sun-block, Lip balm
  • “Butt Balm”
  • Antacid, aspirin, anti-blister aids
  • Bandages, Gauze and tape
  • Electrolyte tablets if you don’t/can’t drink sports drinks
  • Inspect repellent
  • Sanitary protection
  • Disposable plastic bags (to help keep gear dry)


  • Cash for miscellaneous purchases. Most people anticipate $5 - $10 each day. Saturday night many go out to local bars that do not have ATMs so be sure to bring cash (small bills preferred).
  • Sunglasses
  • Luggage tag (mark with name and participant number)
  • Camera (label with name)
  • Credit card and picture ID
  • Watch or time-piece
  • Journal and pen
  • Shampoo, soap, razor, moisturizer, nail clippers, small mirror, hair ties
  • iPods, books, games, etc for fun
  • Cell phone (with charger!)

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Meetup Link

Wednesday, 01 February 2012 19:57 administrator
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For our calendar of events,

find us on Meetup!


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Big News! New Ride Option Available Now!

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 16:02 Josh Siedschlag
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Effective immediately, we have an additional option for riders to choose from when registering for ACT 13 - The Wisconsin AIDS Ride.  The new option will be in addition to the two options we have previously offered Riders, which are:

  • 4-day, 300 mile ride (July 30 - August 2, 2015)
  • 1-day, Century Day (100 mile ride on August 1, 2015)

Our new option this year is a 2-day, 160ish mile ride, which will be a weekend only option (August 1-2, 2015). Registration costs will be same ($80). The minimum fundraising amount will be $800 with $1200 being the jersey incentive level. Visit and register today!

Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 April 2015 09:48 )

Register for ACT 13

Tuesday, 04 November 2014 11:33 Katie Childs
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Click here to register for ACT 13!

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 November 2014 11:38 )

ACT Now!

Machinery Row Bicycles is our Presenting Sponsor! Find them on the bike path at 601 Williamson Street, across from ARCW-Madison.

Registered participants receive 15% off in-store merchandise (including discounted merchandise) and mechanical service. Discounts on bicycles will vary so please ask!

Machinery Row also will be donating the top rider fundraiser incentive bicycle and will provide road service and support throughout the Ride.  Thank you Machinery Row Bicycles!

ACT Ride Sponsors

Please be sure to thank these and all of our sponsors for their support!

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