A MTB is an excellent toy to bring. As for camping, Johnson valley is huge, and avoiding the crush of humanity is as easy as driving away from Hammer town into the desert a ways. You will never avoid everyone, but you don't need to camp door to door with other fans. Be sure to bring some firewood as there is none there. As a matter of fact, bring everything you need as there is no water, electricity or much food to speak of. There are a few food vendors, but lines can be long and there may be a lack of variety. Keep a look out for my white GTRV with the Alaska plates GR8ADV I try to park for at least a day or two, a ways up the hill from the start line / pits, along the fence. That way I can sit in the van to watch the cars go by, and it's a short walk to the start line and Hammer town. From there, day trips to other viewing spots are easy. If your up for a trail ride after the race, Chris Ridgway and I are planning something, were just not sure where yet, but perhaps Death Valley, the Mojave trail or elsewhere.
Agile Ride improvement package