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 BikeRiders 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
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.)
Spare tubes and patch kit
Tire pump, frame or mini
Small wrenches or multi-tool
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!
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)
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
1 to 4 pairs of cycling shorts
Underwear (for camp; should not be worn under bike shorts)
Sweatshirt and pants
Boots or sneakers
Pajamas / sleepwear
Walking shoes or sandals
Sweatband or bandana
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
FUN! (Music, costumes, candy, stickers, etc.)
Sun-block, Lip balm
Antacid, aspirin, anti-blister aids
Bandages, Gauze and tape
Electrolyte tablets if you don’t/can’t drink sports drinks
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).
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
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 act13.kintera.org and register today!