How Camelbak’s bottle and pack range helped Sam survive the Dirty Reiver gravel race

If you’re taking on a longer ride, you’ll need the kit to carry the food and drinks to keep you fuelled

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There are a lot of things to think about when preparing for your first gravel race: gearing, tyre choice, tyre pressure, clothing, spares. But arguably the most important thing to get right is your nutrition and hydration. 

Gravel races are usually longer than road events and, by definition, will take you away from civilisation. That means that there may be long stretches where you may not be able to take on extra food and drink. 

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