WHAT WE KNOW
This is not a guide to getting Wolf Pack done. You need to think everything through and take responsibility for every aspect of your ride. This is just some of what we've learned so far, to help you shape your thinking.
CLOTHES: It’s hot in the valleys and can snow on the high peaks. You need to be fully covered.
FOOD: Whatever happens, you can’t run out in the night. Emergency cover is essential. Real food will serve you better than a diet of pure gels.
WATER: Runs out faster than food. Know where you can refill with potable water if you don’t have support.
BRING IT: Better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.
EMERGENCY: Know how to call emergency services - in every country.
INSURANCE: Don’t leave home without it.
EMERGENCY CONTACTS: For you and your friends.
BLOOD TYPES: Know them.
LIGHTS: Ride at night out of the city to test them. Know how long they last. Have a power plan. A head light can be great for looking round corners when descending.
POWER: USB power packs are useful. Know that you’re carrying enough for your lights, computer, and phone.
MOBILE: Will it work everywhere you’re going?
ANYTHING CRITICAL x2: If you can’t live without it - contact lenses, medication, comfort blanket - you need a backup.
HERO: Don’t be one. If your pack is riding you into the ground make them stop. A hundred kilometres down the road you’ll all be paying for it when you can’t carry on.
BIKE: Recently serviced, but with time for the service to bed in. This is not the ride for the bad mechanical you’ve been saving up.
SLEEP LOADING: Is a thing. You can store some up over the week before the event. Get to bed!
SLEEP: During the ride. But not on the bike! You need to make the cutoff, not prove anything about your ability to withstand sleep deprivation. They use it as a torture for a reason. Take a few strategic cat naps in warm places for twenty minutes at a time and you'll find your mind and body work much better.