What to pack for a MTB stage race by Luke Evans

What to pack for a MTB stage race by Luke Evans

  • 01 July 2019
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  • Luke Evans

With all the upcoming stage races happening across South Africa, such as the Glacier Storms River Traverse and Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek, Team First Ascent rider Luke Evans, shares with us what he all packs into his trusty First Ascent Yak Sac Duffle for his stage races.

First Ascent - MTB Stage Race Kit ListTeam First Ascent rider, Luke Evans at the start line of the Storms River Traverse


On bike kit:

First Ascent - MTB Stage Race Kit ListTeam First Ascent taking on the Tankwa Trek trails


Winter Stage Races:

If the race is in winter or could experience some rain, I usually pack in following extra items:

First Ascent - MTB Stage Race Kit ListJoberg2C riders putting their off-bike race kit - the First Ascent Compass Jacket to the test


Off Bike Apparel:

My general approach is to pack less rather than more, stage races and mountain bikers in general are usually very laid back and you often spend half the afternoon napping, so your gear stays fairly clean and nobody really cares if you wear the same tracksuit pants every day.

  • Your favourite race finishers shirts, just so everyone knows this isn’t your first rodeo
  • Compression pants, work great as a double up for cool evenings aswell 
  • Rain Jacket
  • Softshell
  • 1 or 2 pairs of loose comfy shorts
  • Tracksuit pants for the evening
  • Beanie
  • Cap
  • Closed shoes
First Ascent - MTB Stage Race Kit ListRace competitiors enjoying the wonderful hospitality of the Dryland Events in their First Ascent Storms River Fleece Jackets


Race nutrition:

  • Premeasured container of energy drink, this saves the space of brining a big tub
  • Plenty of energy bars
  • A few gels to get you out of trouble or over the last hill home
  • Some recovery mix if you are looking to get the most out of your performance at the event

Camping Stuff:

If the stage race requires you to stay in a tented race village you are going to need to make sure you can have a comfortable night’s sleep to be prepared for what each days riding has in store! I usually try using more space for this, than off bike wear as a comfortable night’s sleep is critical especially on the longer events.

  • Fitted single sheet, I put this over the mattress so I can use my sleeping bag as a duvet!
  • Sleeping bag unzipped for extra comfort. Tents can get cold so its worth investing in a high quality warm down bag such as the Icebreaker.
  • Favourite pillow from home
  • Head torch – so easy to forget but saves using your phones battery for a torch.
  • Battery pack – to charge phone and garmin
  • Lightweight microfibre towel, takes up no space and will easily be dry before having to pack up the next am.
  • Small decanted containers of shower gels and shampoos
  • Slip slops for the shower

View the full MTB stage race kit list here

First Ascent - MTB Stage Race Kit ListTankwa Trek Winners in the First Ascent Leaders Jerseys