Please be sure to read this information at least once, in its entirety before checking in with Padre's Cycle Inn.
Check-in for Padre's Cycle Inn will be at Flat Branch Park, Saturday morning from 7:30 am until 10:00 am. Our baggage truck will be in the parking lot of Flat Branch Park, along with the Pedaler's Jamboree baggage truck. Once you are checked in with Pedaler's Jamboree, come by and check in at the Padres Cycle Inn truck. You'll want to make sure your baggage is brought to our truck & trailer, NOT the Pedaler's truck, so that we can get your bags directly into your tent in camp. If you do not get your bags checked in with us at Flat Branch Park, be sure to ship your baggage with the Pedaler's Jamboree truck or find a way to get your bags to Kemper Park. If your baggage ends up on the Pedaler's truck, you'll just need to retrieve your own bags when you get to Kemper Park.
Arriving in Camp
Once you're in the campground at Kemper Park, it will be easy to locate our area. Look for the Padre's Cycle Inn truck and trailer, along with our canopies covering our relaxation area. You'll also see a small tent village of tents sporting the signature Kelty logo and orange trim.
Tents and Mattresses
You will have a high-quality Kelty tent with a twin size air mattress, fully set up for you daily. You’ll use the same tent and mattress each day, and your tent number will be on your Padre’s wristband. You should have no issues with your tent, but if you do, please find a Padre's crew member. Crew members will be easy to spot in their bright yellow Padre's shirts or vests. Any crew member should be able to help you resolve any issues. If your air mattress needs more air when you first enter your tent, please write your tent number on the "Mattress Top-Offs" board on the front of the trailer, and those will be topped off before bed time. If you have an issue with your air mattress in the middle of the night, there will also be handheld inflators set out each night in the zone, if you need to top yours off. Keep in mind that if your air mattress is slightly deflated by morning this is normal; it does not mean your mattress is defective. However, if you wake up on the ground, please let us know! We want you to have the best rest possible. It’s a good idea to check your air mattress when you arrive at camp each day. This way, if there is an issue, we can get it resolved before you are ready to retire for the night. Each day, in the Zone on the front of the cargo trailer, there will be a place for you to write your tent number if your mattress needs a top-off. You’ll need to bring your own bedding. We recommend a set of twin mattress sheets, blanket or sleeping bag, and a pillow. For reference, the mattress dimensions are about 75”x39”x10”.
Please do not wear cycling cleats inside your tent. The cleats will damage the tent bottom, which could result in you waking up with water on your tent floor if it rains. It's best to remove any shoes before entering your tent. It will prevent dragging in grass and debris into your home-for-the-week. A pair of flip-flops works well for this and for the showers. Please do not eat, drink, or smoke inside the tent. Open food inside the tent will attract ants, and you’ll have them in your tent all week. It is our goal to have your tent ready for you, with your luggage inside, by 4:00 pm each day. Since all luggage is typically kept stacked in our box truck until it is delivered to your tent, it will not be available until it’s delivered to your tent. If you know you’ll be arriving in camp before your luggage will be available, remember to utilize the Early Items bins mentioned above.
Wristbands and Baggage
When you check in, you’ll receive a packet with a wristband and two baggage tags for Padre’s Cycle Inn, each with your tent number. Please verify that you have two baggage tags and one wristband, and that the number written on these matches the tent number you were assigned. These items are in addition to your event wristbands. These signify that you are a Padre's rider. Only Padre's riders are permitted in the Padre’s Zone or to use any of our amenities. Please attach your baggage tags to your two bags before checking them in at the Padre's Baggage Trailer. Please also wear your Padre’s wristband all weekend.
Each rider is allowed two bags, each weighing 40 lbs or less. As you begin to pack, you'll realize that you’ll have ample space for what you need. Remember, you don't need to pack a tent, mattress, pump, chair, or even towels. These are all provided for you. So, what you really end up needing to bring will be less than you may think. If you are undecided between one and two bags, opt for two and split the weight up. As with any camping event, we could have bad weather at times. We’ll do our best to store luggage in a dry location, but sometimes it’s impossible to keep everything clean and dry. We recommend you keep this in mind when bringing luggage and when packing your bags. If your bag isn’t weatherproof you may want to pack your items in zip lock or other bags inside your luggage. You may also want to avoid bringing luggage that you don’t want to get dirty.
You should pack your baggage as if you were boarding a plane. Since all baggage goes into a truck or trailer, Padre's cannot transport items not in a bag or case designed for transport. Additional fees may be assessed for overweight baggage or loose items, so be sure to weigh your items before you arrive. If you absolutely need to be over the limit, contact us in advance to make special arrangements. All checked bags must have a Padre's Baggage Tag affixed with the provided zip tie. Please note that overweight bags, extra bags, untagged bags, and/or loose items are subject to a $75 extra baggage fee per item.
Bikes, Racks, and Maintenance
We will have several bike racks to hang your bike each day. This is the best place to put your bike while in camp. Bike racks are first come, first served, but there should be enough space for all riders, depending on bike types and accessories. If you have a trike, simply park it near the bike racks. Please do not bring your bike inside your tent or vestibule, or lean it against your tent. This can damage the tent and get grease inside, which will ultimately end up on you and your things. We’ve not had issues with theft in the past, but if it makes you feel more comfortable, feel free to bring a lock and secure your bike to the rack. If you have mechanical issues with your bike, there will be a limited set of tools to borrow. Please return any tools you may borrow. Your used shower towel will work well for wiping things off at this time. We will also have several bike pumps available. Please keep the bike pumps in the bike rack area, so that riders can easily locate them.
On Sunday morning, please unscrew the entire valve of your air mattress. This will allow it to self-deflate. Then, all you need to do is bring your bags to the Padre’s baggage truck. From there, we will transport your baggage back to Flat Branch Park. It will be near the Pedaler's baggage truck but separate.
Gratuity is not included in your registration fee. However, there will be a tip jar out in the relaxation area at the end of the week. If you feel your staff has done a good job for you, feel free to show them your appreciation with a cash tip.
Bedding for mattress (sheets or blanket if desired)
Tent light, flashlight, or headlight
Flip-Flops for showers and easy in/out tent access
Headlight/taillight for your bike
Small first aid bag
Zip lock bags
Tent fan (we recommend the O2 Cool Fan)
Bike lock - We haven’t had any issues, but if you want to lock up your bike please bring a lock