Your fitness and hard training is for naught if a flat tire means a DNF. You should be able to fix a flat tire in under two minutes, which in longer races will not drop you a place in the standings.
Here's the list of tools you should have on board with you. My preference is to have all of these stuffed tightly in a seat pack.
- Spare tube
- Tire levers
- Tire boot (thick plastic square to glue inside a ripped tire sidewall)
- Quick link or power link to fix a broken chain
- Multi-tool like the Crank Bros multi 17 tool
- Patch kit
- CO2 cartridge (know how to use the CO2 before the race)
Lynda Wallenfels is a USA Cycling Elite coach and pro endurance racer. Ask her training questions on her forum, contact her about coaching, purchase a training plan or read about her dominating win at 24 hours of Old Pueblo on her blog.