Camping at the race venue is a fun, relaxing way to take some of the financial sting away from traveling to a race. These eight tips will help you make the most of the Wildflower Festival weekend. Load up the car and hit the road!
Don’t forget the details
Double-check the pre-race checklist. Spending the night before the race at a campsite means that basic necessities like water may not be readily available. Have a plan for every meal leading up to the race…and bring a toothbrush.
Be ready for minor bike emergencies
Basic tools and supplies like screwdrivers, allen wrenches and a pump can turn a catastrophe into a minor inconvenience. Bring supplies.
Bring a few portable luxuries
The coffee machine doesn’t have to be left at home since pre-race camping is almost always done with a car near by. A sleeping pad and pillow make crashing on the ground a lot more pleasant.
Set the alarm
Many campsites do not have electricity so make sure your alarm (or phone) has enough juice to wake you on race morning.
Bring post-race refreshments
Pack some coals and fire up the grill. Take the opportunity to enjoy the things that may have been scarce during training. Delicacies—like a beer and a burger—never taste better than after a race.
Share your sense of accomplishment with the other racers hanging around the venue.
Take in the scenery
Spending a day hiking around the woods is a great way to recover, both physically and mentally, after an exhausting race. Ask a local to recommend a trail.
Enjoy a shower
Camping is great fun but dirt can start to accumulate after a few days. Savor your first shower after returning to civilization.