Required Gear

Per Person

  • Pants and water-resistant jacket (weather-dependent; if the forecast calls for good weather, we will drop this requirement in advance of the race but a cold driving rain can quickly cause hypothermia)
  • Pen/pencil and one piece of scratch paper
  • Bicycle. A mountain, cyclocross or hybrid bike. Road bike okay but highly recommend wider, knobby tires if you choose to ride the singletrack section.
  • Bike helmet (must be specifically approved for biking)
  • 40 oz. of water or energy drink (in a Camelbak-type hydration pack* or waist belt preferred). EACH TEAMMATE MUST CARRY THEIR OWN WATER/SPORTS DRINK and you must have this capacity during all legs of the race (if you are using water bottles on the bike to get to this capacity, you must maintain that capacity on non-bike legs).

Per Team

  • Compass* (for basic orienteering, attend a clinic and you’ll learn it in 10 minutes)
  • $10 cash.
    ~$5 for the charity challenge (optional, but may help you for a challenge; many give it to our charity either way, which they appreciate!)
    ~$5 for emergency food or water (or hops-based beverage)
  • Mobile phone (smartphone not required, but you can use one for non-GPS activities and it may be helpful for looking up answers to one or more questions)
  • Waterproof map case or doubled-up ziplock baggies

Suggested Gear – We recommend Gazelle Sports, Bill & Paul’s Sporthaus, West Michigan Bike & Fitness or Central District Cyclery for these items. They sponsor the race so please thank them when you stop in.

*Items with asterisks are 10% off at Bill & Paul’s for racers with proof of registration via printout or smartphone showing your name on registration page.

  • Trail running shoes*
  • Outdoor/athletic socks*
  • Food (energy gel, bars, etc.)
  • Spare tires
  • Tire pump
  • Tire levers
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock
  • Synthetic, wicking t-shirt
  • Bike shorts
  • Bike gloves
  • Contact paper or clear tape to waterproof your instruction sheet and map (at Meijer in household goods)
  • Camera

Prohibited Gear

  • GPS that allows you to determine your location on a map is not allowed. A GPS watch is ok, but only to check your route after the race
  • Motorized anything
  • Sherpas, pack mules, llamas or other living transport options

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