clothes and shoes
Although the Miles are run in the warmest month of the year, the worst must be expected. The weather in the mountains is unpredictable, it changes quickly and the temperature can quickly drop below ten degrees Celsius, sometimes even down to zero in the mountains. Combined with the rain, it's deadly for Milars. In addition, such weather can last for several days and the competitor will reach the very bottom of his physical and mental strength. This has happened more than once in Milás history. The scorching sun and parched air from which there is no hiding can be similarly insidious. Here again, competitors struggle with dehydration and burnt skin on their hands, feet and neck. Mílař must be prepared for all situations.
Each Milář must choose the jersey according to his preference. Similarly, the number of layers, the choice of functional underwear, sleeves, knee sleeves, etc. The only thing we can point out here is the shorts. We definitely recommend choosing a quality racing design with a good insert. Standard sports cycling shorts are not made for 15 hours in the saddle and can cause a lot of trouble for the racer.
Every Miler needs quality rain protection. This can be solved with a whole range of cycling and outdoor jackets, but the rule applies: the better, the more expensive, and also: the more waterproof, the more breathable. Some competitors choose a poncho instead of a jacket, which also serves as a bivouac shelter. We definitely do not recommend plastic raincoats. Firstly, they usually tear when riding, and secondly, due to the impermeability, the rider is just as wet in the raincoat as without it.
The choice of shoes is a controversy among Mílars. Some prefer quality racing cycling shoes with hard soles - as they best distribute the pressure on the pedals and prevent tingling of the feet during long rides. Others prefer hiking cycling shoes that are comfortable to walk in, don't slip and have a Vibram sole. Both camps have their point. For those who are bikers and wouldn't wear hiking boots, we recommend that you try pushing a bike for 3 km in your sneakers. And for those considering touring cycling shoes, we recommend testing out what a 10-hour bike ride does to their feet.