QueStions + ANSWERS.

What does it cost to enter? Nothing.

When is it? July 28 [and 29!], 2018

Will I be able to do it? This is very important. Wolf Pack is a monstrous cycling challenge. If you’re not already a very seasoned cyclist then the sensible answer is no. If you’ve ridden all night, done some long sportives, ridden in the high mountains, ideally doing several long days back to back, then you could consider whether or not you can handle it. You need to be confident of yourself and your pack mates. If you aren't sure, you probably haven’t done enough riding. We aren't saying that to sound tough, but to keep you safe.

Do I have to ride for 350.org? No. You’re welcome to ride for [and/or raise money for] any good cause. We want Wolf Pack to benefit as many deserving causes as possible. 

Do I have to raise money? No. But we'd like you to have an impact somehow. You’re doing something so stupid hard that even your cat will understand it’s a bit unhinged. Tell people what you’re doing and they will give you their money or attention. You’re doing the impossibly hard bit, why not do some good at the same time? But, to be clear, if you just want to ride, nobody's going to be mean to you for it. Just make sure you give us a tow at some stage.

Can I come alone? We ask that you don’t. Wolf Pack is all about shared experiences, and your pack is at the heart of that. Bring at least two riding buddies and stay with them. You need to look after each other out there.

I don't see any women riding, what's up with that? We were so proud that one of the original Wolf Pack was a woman. Sadly she had to pull out at the 11th hour after Ironman Nice chewed up her knees a couple of weeks before. She'll be back for WPII and we're very confident that she won't be the only one. Wolf Pack is for everyone. If you don't see yourself represented, know that you're welcome, and you need to come down and represent.

Will there be support? There will be as much support as you bring. You can ride with all your food and kit on saddlebags, or you can convince a full team car to follow you with sticky bottles and spare bikes. But as with everything in Wolf Pack - it's down to you.

What about feed stations? We call them restaurants. They will be open at times and closed at others. This needs to be thought about. Depending on where you are on the route at any given time, you want to take advantage of opportunities as they present themselves.

Will we really ride all night? Yes. 

Does non-stop mean no stopping? No. It means no getting a room for the night in a hotel. We don’t recommend staying upright on the bike for thirty eight hours. That would be silly. Stopping to eat, drink, pee, lie down, even have a roadside nap under a bush, is all encouraged.

What’s the cut-off? The challenge is to depart at dawn on Saturday, and arrive by Sunset on the Sunday. That should be roughly 38 hours. But maybe it'll be 37. It depends. On the sun.

What do I need to pack? This is an exercise in self reliance. So we can't tell you. However, there are some things we have learned which might help, below.

So you're not going to help me at all, right? We will share a map before we ride with any juicy tidbits we can gather about the route, potable water etc, and when we're riding we'll all help each other as much as we can. But, it's an exercise in self reliance at the end of the day. Depend on yourself, depend on your pack mates. 

How do I get that badass kit? You buy it here.

Which hotel should I book at? We won’t be nominating one base. Stay wherever works and meet at the start before dawn.

You got me. Where do I sign up? Here.

Can I donate? Not through us. We want actions this time, not money. Get to 350.org and get involved!

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.

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