Fast girl cyclist Tish Kelly spills on what she never leaves home without.

cyclist gearThe best way to catch up with Tish Kelly is when she’s on solid ground. Try and catch the category 3 cyclist on a ride and you’ll likely be left sucking wind. Kelly, who races in both road races and time trials, was third overall in the Florida State Championship Road Race this year, and she’s always in the mix at both local and regional cycling races. We caught up with the 53-year-old competitive cyclist, who races for Florida Velo, to see what she never clips in without.

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TiZo3 Sunscreen: “This stuff is the best, it really stays on, I mean, I’ll have to scrub it off my face at the end of the day. A lot of people don’t wear sun protection and they end up looking so weathered, always wearing sunscreen is so important to me.” Kelly particularly like’s TiZo’s tinted sunscreen, which evens out skin tones while offering both UVA and UVB protection. 

Specialized S-Works Evade Helmet: “Something else I never leave my house without. This is an aero style helmet, so I could wear it for a time trial or a road race, but I have another aero helmet—a KASK Bambino—that I usually wear for time trials.”

Flat Tire Kit: Kelly always carries a spare tube and tire levers with her in a handy under-the-seat bag.

Specialized S-Works Road Shoes: With carbon fiber soles, these super-lightweight shoes promise to transfer the power Kelly’s legs are generating to her pedals. Her Look cleats interlock with special Look pedals to further enhance her power transfer.

GU Energy Gel: “I particularly like the Jet Blackberry flavor and I prefer them with caffeine.”

Chamois Butt’r: Chamois creams are vital to keeping chafing to a minimum on long rides.

Insulated Bottle: “I only drink water on the bike, I don’t believe in getting your nutrition through what you’re drinking, but in Florida an insulated bottle is a must.”

Road ID: “I think having ID with you is so, so important. I always have my Road ID whenever I go out.”