RBD – EQUIPMENT

Mandatory Gear

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The mandatory gear list below is the MINIMUM required while racing. Please adapt what you carry according to the conditions. Even though the event is run at the height of summer, athletes should be aware that snow, wind and rain are possible at any time in the high mountains. If in doubt, check out the gallery of images at the 2017 event! Food, drink and other supplies are deliberately excluded from the Equipment list as they are best left to individual athletes to decide. However, it is worth pointing out that teams should prepare for providing all their own food and water throughout the event. There may be some supplies at the Transition Areas but nothing should be expected during a stage – meaning all fluid and food requirements should be carried. Off the kayak sections, there is very little water available on the run and bike stages so plan with that in mind. 

Mandatory equipment, including bikes, will be checked and signed off at race registration on Friday the 18th of January. Teams are not required to bring their paddles to gear check. All equipment must be in excellent working condition, show no visible signs of excessive wear and tear and be correctly sized for the competitor. 

Please note that unlike in previous years, bikes will NOT be available between Stage 1 and 5. Once athletes have dropped their bikes at TA1 after Stage 1, they will be transported directly to TA3 for Stage 5 and will not be transported back to Event HQ on Saturday. This means that teams do not have the opportunity to fix any bike ailments at Event HQ between bike stages and should, therefore, ensure that they have the tools, knowhow and skill to fix any problems at TA1 or when they arrive at TA3 on Sunday having kayaked down the Clutha River. Teams are strictly prohibited from visiting their bikes at TA3 prior to race start on Sunday morning. 

Athletes are not permitted to alter, cut or adapt any race collateral provided by the organisers – for example, do not cut down bike numbers, do not stick sponsor stickers on kayaks, etc. 

Two very important things to remember;

1) Your race bib must be worn as your outermost garment at all times. Please remember to wear your backpack and PFD UNDER your race bib

2) You must remember to carry your YB Tracker at all times. It is your responsibility to move it between the different stages – do not forget it!

GEAR
DESCRIPTION
MUST BE CARRIED
BRING TO GEAR CHECK?
Race bib
Provided by organisers
Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
YB Tracker (1 per team)
Provided by organisers
Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Backpack
At least 1.5L capacity
Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Waterproof jacket
Seam sealed and durable material
Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Waterproof pants
Seam sealed and durable material
Stage 5, 6
Thermal/merino long sleeve top
Must have insulating properties
Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Thermal/merino long pant bottoms
Must have insulating properties
Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Mobile phone (full charge at start)
Spark network has best coverage
Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Survival bag
Foil/silver bag, no foil blankets
Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
First aid kit
- Crepe bandage 1.5m x 5cm
- Strapping tape 5m x 2cm
- Band Aid strips (various sizes) x10
- Triangular bandage + 2 safety pins
- Small scissors
- Wound dressing 20cm x 20cm
Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Mountain bike
Will be safety checked at registration
Stage 1, 5
Bike helmet
Must meet AS/NZS 2063 standard
Stage 1, 5
White water helmet
Water specific, no bike helmets
Stage 4
Buoyancy aid/PFD
Secure fit, minimum 55N buoyancy
Stage 3, 4
Paddle
Double blade
Stage 3, 4
Extra Buoyancy aid/PFD
For barge crossing only
Stage 1
Kayak (AR Duo)
Provided by organisers
Stage 3, 4
Spray skirt
Provided by organisers
Stage 3, 4

Notes to Mandatory Gear

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The mandatory gear list is focused on your survival should you get into difficulties. It is not about comfort. It is YOUR responsibility to add extra clothes and supplies if the weather or your expected times on the course require it.

With this in mind, bike spares and tools are not a mandatory requirement. However, we recommend that all teams carry items to fix a puncture, mend a broken chain and perform any fixes required between Stages 1 & 5. There will be no assistance on the course to deal with ‘mechanicals’. 

The YB Tracker and Survival Bag must be carried in the Buoyancy aid/PFD on kayak Stages 3 and 4. If you capsize and get separated from your kayak, they will only be available if you are carrying them on your person. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure you transfer the tracker and survival bag to your backpack when you change from kayak to bike on Day 2.