December 15 th 2019 - 10:30

A stitch in time saves nine. Be self-sufficient and do not assume that you will be able to borrow gear from others. Here is a checklist to make sure you have everything you need.

• Your bike
In perfect condition and properly tuned up, if possible. It has to get you through six stages!

• Cycling gear: Helmet, sunglasses and suitable shoes.
You will also need the shoes to walk around, so choose a pair that does not produce sores. Consider bringing a spare pair of sunglasses.

• Jerseys and culottes
We recommend bringing a jersey, a culotte and a pair of socks for each stage so that you can start every day in a clean set of clothes.

• GPS and charger
(with adaptors if necessary). Power points at the camps will be limited to USB connections.

• Tool kit and spare parts
Bring a tyre lever set, a multitool and a hand pump to fix mechanical problems or punctures. Remember to take spare chains, dérailleur drop-outs, inner tubes…

• Sports nutrition products
Bars, gels, recovery drinks and isotonic drinks. You cannot buy any in Morocco.

• Thermal blanket
Take it with you in all stages to protect yourself from heat or cold in case you suffer a mechanical or physical problem.

• Sunscreen and petroleum jelly for sports
Our skin will be exposed to the sun for hours on end. Petroleum jelly or other lubricants will also protect our skin in high-friction areas.

• Personal hygiene products
Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, gel, shampoo, deodorant, etc.

• Sleeping bag
They are not mandatory, but a sleeping bag and an air mattress can come as a godsend in the marathon stage.

• Warm clothes for the nights
Aside from comfortable clothes for the camps, you should bring warm clothes: temperatures plummet as soon as the sun goes down.

• Head torch
To find your way around the camp after nightfall.

• Mobile phone with a battery and roaming activated
You must be reachable and able to make calls at all times.

• Snow or motocross goggles
Sandstorms can come out of the blue, so you need to be ready to protect your eyes.

• First-aid kit for personal use
With ibuprofen, paracetamol, diarrhoea pills, oral rehydration solution, topical antiseptic, dressings and gauze.

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