Hi, I hope you do not mind me writing for advice.
I am doing ‘The Ring of Kerry’ sportif on the 6th July (108 miles). I’ve left training too late & suspect I will require the allocated 14hrs to complete the route. The wet weather this week has highlighted the need to invest in some decent gear to stay warm & dry in the event of bad weather. I have thermals, but my Gore jacket no longer keeps out the rain, (despite washing according to instructions with purpose made detergent, tumble drying & treating witn re-proofing solution).
Do you have any items of windproof/waterproof clothing you swear by/couldn’t cycle without? I would welcome any product recommendations for a 100% waterproof jacket, 100% waterproof gloves, overshoes & good base layers. Stuff with packability would be great so that I don’t have to bring a bag on the route.
In addition what do advise nutrition wise? Do I sustain myself with energy bars, drinks & gels only for the 14 hrs, or do you take something more substantial along? Peanut butter sandwiches?
I’ve found on the longer rides I’ve been doing that so many of the bars are very high sugar and can be a bit sickly after a while.
Thanks for any help you can provide.