2 Weeks 'til Cyclocross

2 Weeks 'til Cyclocross

As I sit waiting for my own personal first cyclocross race this Fall, I thought I'd put together a list of everything I'm going to take to the upcoming races. In past years I've simply thrown it all onto the garage floor, this time I'm trying to be a little bit smarter with a digitized checklist. 

Did I miss anything in my list below? Let me know, @RideCX on Twitter or send me a message on the RideCX Facebook page. Here's what I came up with: 

Bikes / Frames

  • Primary bike
  • Backup bike, if you are lucky enough to have one
  • Your primary wheels
  • Your secondary / pit wheels


  • Printed driving directions to venue (or on your mobile phone)
  • Printed race day schedule (or on your mobile phone)
  • Your racing license
  • The waiver for the event, if you can fill it out in advance
  • Trainer or rollers if you use them
  • Pit bucket, sponges, brushes
  • Folding chair
  • Popup tent


The sky is the limit when it comes to components. Bring a spare everything if your budget permits, but if that's not possible the most common items to break are:

  • Rear derailleur with cable
  • Chain
  • Derailleur hanger (specific to your frame)
  • Extra tire / tube that matches your wheel i.e. tubular, tubeless, clincher


  • Floor pump
  • Chain lube
  • Degreaser
  • Grease
  • Tire levers
  • Set of metric hex (allen) keys
  • Torx T25 or other Torx bit, if your bike uses them
  • Handheld pressure gauge
  • Philips screwdriver, small enough to fit your derailleur limit screws
  • Pedal wrench
  • Cassette lockring tool
  • Chain whip, if you bring multiple cassettes
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Torque wrench - the full size one probably stays at home, but a compact one like the IceToolz Ocarina is good for adjusting cockpit components like a slipped seatpost or a stem that is knocked out of position during a crash
  • Tire sealant like CaffeLatex or equivalent

Personal Items

  • Cycle computer or GPS
  • Race number, if the promoter issued it in advance
  • Timing chip, same as above
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Chamois Cream
  • Embrocation
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses with multiple lenses (tinted, clear, etc)
  • Safety pins
  • Rubber bands or hair clip for those with long hair
  • Razor and shaving cream
  • Strap for heart rate monitor

Food and Drink

  • Cooler
  • Drinking water
  • Water bottles
  • Powder to make energy drink
  • Recovery drink / powder
  • Energy Gels
  • Box of protein or meal replacement bars; useful in case there isn't food at the venue or you have a long drive


  • Cycling shoes
  • Helmet
  • Undershirt / base layers
  • Skinsuit
  • Extra shorts
  • Extra jerseys
  • Wool or knit cap
  • Multiple pairs of socks
  • Rain jacket
  • Arm and leg warmers
  • Long and short finger gloves
  • Extra shoes with cleats already mounted
  • Sports bra
  • Comfortable, casual clothing to wear to / from the event like a tee shirt, jeans

I like to keep the tools in a single toolbox so I can simply grab it and go, confident all the tools I use are inside. For the clothing, I have a large Timbuk2 travel duffle bag with multiple compartments and I keep all the 'cross apparel in it. When it's laundered after a race it goes right back into the same bag. 


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