Forum home Road cycling forum Tours, routes, audaxes & organised rides Tour & expedition

London to Paris - Action Medical Research

marco67marco67 Posts: 91
edited June 2012 in Tour & expedition
Next month i'm participating in the London to Paris ride for Action Medical Research. The ride pack makes suggestions about lots of kit that I should carry, but i'm trying desperately to avoid using a backpack.
Has anyone done this, or similar organised ride and can they offer any recommendation on what should be carried and taken.
Ciao Marco


  • izzaizza Posts: 1,561
    Did the AMR L2P a few years ago. No need for a backpack.

    Its like doing 3/4/5 day (depending on which route) sportives consecutively. They carry your luggage ahead of you so on your person you only need what are that day's requirements, e.g. in terms of:

    - energy, they have snack stops every 30-40 miles, so a few gel's and drink powders will do
    - weather, just carry a gilet or mac in the back pocket
    - punctures, mechanicals, then have a spare tube or two in your saddle bag and several others in your luggage
    - the route, they give you compact map books to help you
    - final dinner, a bit of decorum*
    - the TdF finish, an alarm clock as you'll need to be at the end of Champs D'Elysees very early to get a good view

    * personally I got completely hammered on cocktails and burst back into the dinner whilst there was a very sombre speeach about the charity's work. Couldn't walk properly and definitely couldn't talk or focus properly. Ended up getting a round of applause just for making the breakfast the next day.
  • marco67marco67 Posts: 91
    Izza, thanks for the reply - nothing quite like making a grand entrance!

    I can't wait, hoping there will be some slow plodders at the back to ride with and enjoy one or two beers with in the evenings.


    Ciao Marco
Sign In or Register to comment.