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To be allowed to take part you will need to show up on the start line with :

  • A working bike with functioning brakes
  • A helmet
  • At least 1L of water (that’s two bottles and/or a hydration pack)
  • A mobile telephone with functioning reception – Viettel SIM cards can easily and cheaply be bought in Sapa town
  • A tool kit consisting of:
    • 2 tubes
    • 2-3 CO2 cartridges and/or a hand pump
    • Tire levers
    • Chain tool
    • Allen wrench multi tool

In addition we recommend carrying:

  • A waterproof jacket
  • Pocket money
  • Extra energy: Gel/Bars
  • Additional spares including:
    • Puncture repair kit
    • Spare brake pads – these can then be changed at the end of the stage.
    • Chain lube (especially if it’s wet)

We also strongly recommend you bring additional spare parts, tyres and tools to keep your bike running smoothly and safely. There will be limited mechanical support available and some spares will come from Hanoi, but if, for example, it rains heavily and everyone needs new brake pads or tyres, there may not be enough to go around.