Next up in our Every Day Carry series is Enduro World Champion Jerome Clementz. The 2013 EWS and 2015 European Enduro overall winner split his carry up for us, showing what he brings during a race and some of the extras he brings along on training and fun rides.
First up, the bike. Clementz races on the Cannondale Jekyll outfitted with Rockshox suspension, SRAM drivetrain, Truvativ cockpit, WTB saddle and Michelin tires. Word is he’s testing a prototype 2017 Jekyll at select events, too, but for now he’s showing off the current rig. Dip below to check out his pack out for race day and some very clever tricks for hiding the little stuff on his bike and body to minimize bulk and fuss…
This is his race pack, built around the Alpinestars Paragon Vest. The vest incorporates back protection and a sleeve for the Osprey water reservoir, plus pockets for the snacks, mini pump, tool, tire lever and a few spare parts. He only fills the 1.5L bladder with 0.75L to 1L depending where the feed stations are located.
Here’s the exact list in “Jey’s” words, which he says comprises only the essentials:
- 1 Birzman Mini-Apogee pump and I put some gorilla tape around if I need to tape something broken on my bike or kit.
- 1 Birzman Feexman Cicada 10 carbon multi tool with a chain tool integrated.
- 1 Birzman Zacoo CO2 16g
- 1 tyre lever
- 1 inner cable
- 1 tube (usually goes under the top tube of my bike)
- 1 power link (also goes on my bike so I have an easy acces if needed and I don’t lose it as it’s a small piece)
- 2-3 Zip tie, which could be helpful if you snap something or you need to hold something together (saddle, cable routine, …)
- 1 usually carry 2 High 5 energy bar and 1-2 Isogel plus. These gel are already mixed with water so their are easier to eat during a race and you’re not too thirsty afterward. They contain cafeine which help to stay focus especially for the last stages of a big event.
“The alpinestars Paragon vest fits everything with 3 pockets (2 on the side and 1 below the back protection), with some padding in the pocket so the hard items don’t hurt you if you crash.”
“For Racing I use the garmin Edge 25, light and give me the information I need, time, distance, elevation.”
“I’ve a tyre plug hidden in my fork if I have a flat on a long stage I can remove the tape, plug the tool in my tyre and finish the stage without losing all the air (if it works). It’s easy to acces and quick to use!”
The SRAM chain quick link is taped to the brake hose, keeping it in easy reach and keeping it from getting lost in a pocket or pack.
The end result is this. No big pack, nothing extra. Just the world championship winning essentials.
For fun, training rides, the story’s a bit different. Here’s what Jey says about his every day carry bags:
“I don’t like to go with a bag that is too big and have much volume. My choice goes for an Osprey viper 9L bag.”
“I fit the essential tools from Birzman ( Zacoo infinite MTB pump, Feexman 10 Cicada, 2 tyre levers). I usually take a few zip tie, a set of brake pads, an inner cable, SRAM power link and a derailleur hanger. On top of that I carry 2-3 High 5 energy bar to survive. I always take the Alpinestars all mountain rain jacket with me. Weather can change quick in the mountains.
“I like to carry a spare base layer. It’s always great to change for some dry clothing after a long climb.
On top of that I carry a little first aid kit with some scissors, blaster, disinfectant, compress and tape. If I go for bigger trip I may take a rescue blanket.
“I always have some money with me for a Beer stop during the ride or in case you need to buy food or pay the Bus because you went too far and you’re too dead to come back home by bike – Ha!
“Since this year I carry also the Quarq Qollector when I ride alone, which allows Pauline to know where I am. She has a link on her phone and if I’m not coming she can check that I’m moving and where I am. And if I’m injured somewhere in the mountain they will be able to locate me quicker. Safety First!!!! It also collects your training data and could be used live while racing. I think it’s great.”
“For training I use mostly the Garmin Edge 520, really helpful to do my intervals while training or find the route when I’m traveling. It can also give me the powermeter data I have on some of my bikes.”
Huge thanks to Jerome for taking the time to show us what he takes on his rides and races. Beside crushing enduro, he and Pauline put together a lot of great video and story telling about his travels and races, and he’s supremely friendly and approachable if you happen to be in the pits. Check him out at JeromeClementz.com.