Top tips on what to carry with you on Ride Day
When it comes to preparing for Ford RideLondon, getting out on your bike and banking the miles has surely been high on the agenda. But have you considered what items you’ll need to carry with you as you take on your cycling challenge? Read on to find out how to use your jersey pockets most effectively on Ride Day.
Things to bring
Cycling jerseys usually have three pockets on the back – and it’s amazing how much you can squeeze into these if you try hard enough! Here you can store snacks, gels, your phone, a small bicycle pump and other items or tools you may need mid-cycle, with the length of your ride determining how much you carry (especially when it comes to food). But what do you put where?
The essentials pocket
- The side pocket most easily reached by your dominant arm is the place to stash snacks and gels to keep your energy levels in check as you ride – these are the things you’ll need to access the most during your ride, so it makes sense to have them closest to hand!
- If you’re gunning for a quicker time, another good tip is to undo the wrappers of energy bars and other snacks before you set off, as they’re easier to eat on the go that way. Just make sure that any snacks or sports supplements you carry with you are ones you became familiar with in your training.
The might-need-along-the-way pocket
- Items such as your mobile phone are essential but unlikely to be your go-to while you cycle. To help you log your ride, you’ll want to use a smartphone to start GPS tracking just before you set off, but it’s unlikely that you’ll need it again until you’ve crossed and are safely clear of the Finish Line – so store it out of the way in the middle back pocket of your jersey.
- The middle pocket is also a good spot for a bicycle pump (if you want to attach it to your person, rather than your bike frame) and light layers of clothing you may need to stop to put on. You'll also have the chance to park up to buy refreshments at cafés, pubs and shops along your Ford RideLondon route – so the middle pocket is a great place for cash or a payment card, too!
The not-needed-until-later pocket
- Small objects such as keys and small bike tools are things you may want to carry with you but not need to use (hopefully!) during your Ford RideLondon adventure. With that in mind, the jersey pocket closest to your least dominant arm is a good spot for these.
Leave some room
If the weather is looking changeable on Ride Day (it is the UK, after all), don’t forget to leave some room in your pockets for items such as a lightweight jacket or snood. That way you can pull them out and tuck them away with ease.
If you have limited pocket space, forget your favourite snack or simply don’t want the burden of lots of items on your back, fear not! Every Ford RideLondon route will feature Welfare Stops where you can refill the water bottle attached to your bike and grab energy gels, bars and hydration tabs from our official sports partner, HIGH5. We’re here to help you conquer your ride with a smile!