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Prudential RideLondon 2016 Race Preparations!

Having been one of the lucky thousands to get into the Prudential RideLondon, I thought it might be interesting to have a quick look over my kit bag for the coming weekend. I always have a problem packing. Whether that is to go on holiday, or just heading off to a race. So rather than just do the usual spin around the house looking daft, I thought I’d do a quick post showing what is going on before this weekend big ride.

Prudential RideLondon 2016 Race Preparations

Heading down to London, with all of the other people going to one massive ride on Sunday the 31st, is going to be great. It’s also going to be a massive opportunity to test out some new kit!

I thought this might be a good opportunity to look at what is in my kit bag for my Prudential RideLondon 2016 Race Preparations, but to also work as a mental checklist to ensure I have everything I need and packed!!

The Bike!

Prudential RideLondon 2016 Race Preparations

  • Scott Foil Di2,
  • Equipped with SpeedPlay Zero pedals
  • Attached to a PowerTap C1 crank for testing
  • Ultregra Di2 setup
  • 3T carbon bars
  • Cero AR30 wheels
  • Fizik Trione Saddle – as much as I have enjoyed using the Rido¬†RLt Saddle, a much better race/everyday saddle compared to the Rido R2’s, an almost recovery focused saddle, my rear bottle cages don’t fit it turns out, so I’ve had to do a quick swap back to Fizik,
  • Plus the obligatory Zwift bottles – white top for electrolytes, grey top for caffeine drink ūüôā

Prudential RideLondon 2016 Race Preparations

Prudential RideLondon 2016 Race Preparations


Prudential RideLondon 2016 Race Preparations


  • My Garmin Fenix 3 – basically this is used as my baseline device, and it the smart watch I’ve had the longest
  • New arrival FitBit Blaze – review incoming, and quite looking forward to seeing how it does
  • TomTom Spark – not pictured (! DOH!)

Heart Rate Meter

  • I have a fondness for my Stryd HRM when doing tests as it covers both BlueTooth¬†and ANT+, so tends to be my “go to” HRM now, it’s a shame the “tap” function doesn’t allow you to skip music like the Wahoo Tickr X. But as I’ll not be using headphones on Sunday, I won’t be missing out!
  • However, to my mind, Garmin make the best chest straps out there, so I’ll be using my usual Garmin premium soft strap.

Prudential RideLondon 2016 Race Preparations


  • I hear they are useful! A choice between by Cero helmet and the Giro Synthe MIPS. Basically, I’ve opted for the Cero this time, due to travelling on the trains etc, and feel it’s slightly more robust than the Synthe


  • My little HipLok FLX basically goes everywhere with me out on the bike, but it’s only for cafe stops at the best, so I’ll be taking a HipLok Original (V1.5) down to the urban jungle that is London for the day before the ride. There the FLX will serve double duty going round the wheels

Bike shoes

  • Fizik R5B – brand new shoes – Stupid thing pre-race, but I usually ride R5B’s and when changing my cleats…the old ones objected, resulting in broken shoes. So new ones, and PLENTY of grease applied to the nuts, and very specifically, 4Nm ONLY of torque on the screws this time!

Prudential RideLondon 2016 Race Preparations

  • Inside I’ve got the A-Line insoles after a chat with Stratford’s “The Cycle Studio” about my RIGHT sides knee pain. I’ve had several spins on their Guru machine trying to tweak my bike fit, and¬†hopefully, my glass knee will survive the 160km on Sunday!

Prudential RideLondon 2016 Race Preparations

Chamois Cream

  • BodyGlide – It’s a stick, not a cream, so it’s a little harder to apply, but at the same time, I find I don’t get it everywhere!

Saddle Bag

  • A Specialized “Mini Wedgy” bag, we’ll look at the contents¬†shortly


Prudential RideLondon 2016 Race Preparations



  • For race days, I tend to opt for a Castelli Speedsuit – I’m not a great fan of flapping materials.
  • As my Zwift gilet hasn’t arrived yet, I’ll have a subtle fluorescent Castelli Fawesome gilet for before the ride. A 5:30am start with a speedsuit¬†would predict I’d get exceptionally chilly (I’m a hothouse plant, I’ll happily do a 60 min run in midday heat in Africa, but feel chilled to the bone at 10deg C!!). So whilst the Fawesome deals with my aversion to cold, it’s also very nice and packable for a jersey pocket once we are rolling.


  • I’m a big fan of compression on the calves, so have a pair of black CompressSport Calf Guards – a real pain in the neck to get on and off, but I find them a saving grace after a few hours during a long ride.


  • A nice pair of Louis Garneau. Personally, I find them very cool and blister resistant, almost silky in feeling

Bits and Bobs

Elastoplast tape – because you never know

Prudential RideLondon 2016 Race Preparations

Gel’s and Gel bottle

  • I enjoy the taste of the Torque gels, so they will be going along in my pocket. I’m aiming to complete in 5 hours (I’m going to regret saying that publically!). Personally, I find I need a gel every 30mins or so on a big ride like this, so I’m taking seven regular gels.
  • I’ll also be using 2 ZipVit caffeine gels which will be going in a gel bottle to sip

Protein Bars

  • Again ZipVit, I like the texture, but also Tribe bars – they are marketed as for runners, but taste amazing, and if I’m honest that’s going to be more important to me at mile 80 than what is in them… Hmm, I wonder if McDonalds will be open along the route….?

Saddle Bag – Specialized Mini Wedge

Prudential RideLondon 2016 Race Preparations


Two inner tubes, and Park Tool Super Patch puncture repair kit, as #Paranoid


  • Crank brothers – have everything I need, and a nice little case so as not to snag my inner tubes if it’s in the bag, or my jersey if it’s in a pocket

Mini pump

  • I’m NOT a fan of CO2 canisters – because #Paranoid – what would I do if I had THREE punctures!? – FYI, since transitioning to Schwalbe¬†One tyres I haven’t had a single puncture in two years. Yes, I had a tire blow out when I took my new wheels for a ride, but that was due to my catching the inner tube during installation!

Prudential RideLondon 2016 Race Preparations

Drugs! – But not in a Lance Armstrong way!

  • Paracetamol
  • Ibuprofen – I know my knee is going to be sore
  • Caffeine (Grenade black ops capsules taken one-hour pre-race)


That is pretty much my entire Prudential RideLondon 2016 Race Preparations and the kit I’ll be taking down to London. I’m certainly going to be looking out for Zwift bottles etc in the crowd. If you see a couple of Zwift bottles on the rear cage, and an eye searing yellow Fawesome jersey in the morning, come over and say hi, I’ll be setting off early ūüôĀ

Prudential RideLondon 2016 Race Preparations

See you in London, and on Zwift later tweaking my pedal setup!


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