Especially for middle and long course events in the UK and other parts of northern Europe.
The weather can be less than perfect and try jamming a rain jacket into a tiny Tri-suit pocket!
If you have any suggestions / thoughts / ideas please let me know in the comments.
This is my Cervelo P2 rigged for training rides of 4-5 hours in duration around the Scottish Highlands. Actually, it has never been used for racing. Staffordhire IM70.3 will (probably) be its first race.
Food is five bars, mostly carried in the front Specialized Remora bento box which fits directly onto mounts in the Cervelo frame. I carry a PowerBar wafer as a treat in the storage between the bars,
|Specialized bento box|
|Zipper bento for gels|
|Fits better without light|
|Tools left, spare bottle right|
|Profile Design front hydration|
However, I have decided to (perhaps) re-deploy it for UK races where there's a chance of rain. By cutting a hole in the top of a spare bottle, I can store an inner tube, inflator head, gas cartridge, tyre levers and a Sportful HotPocket rain jacket. Yeah, it looks a mess in those pictures, but I could easily put gaffa tape over this and only expose the hole if I needed access.
|Aero bottle as storage|
|Will tape make this aero or no?|
In fact, that whole behind-the-seat mount could be empty.
Ironman bike aid stations operate 'bottle-exchange', they give you a fresh bottle filled with either water or energy drink.
So I could start with just the front tank and keep topping it up at aid stations along the way. If I fail to ditch the new bottle before the end of the aid station (the only place you can jettison a used bottle) then I'll just stick it in the rear carrier until the next one.
This is starting to sound like a plan. I'll test it this week in training, and more importantly during Staffordshire IM70.3, which is really just a 'B' race for me this year.
If you have tried and junked any of these ideas or you can contribute a better way to carry all the stuff, then seriously, I would love to hear from you. Add your thoughts in the comments below.