Bikes of Bright Midnight 2023

Bikes of Bright Midnight 2023

26 June, 2023

Packing for an inaugural race brings its unique challenges when riders know so little about the conditions they'll face over the coming 1,000km. Into the unknown they go!

From the mountain city of Tolga, riders head westward into the Norwegian highlands, to the coast and back again. This new route links endless gravel roads amongst farmland of the highlands before reaching the iconic fjords on Norway's west coast before heading inland again back to Tolga with a few mountains in between.

At this latitude there are so few hours of darkness, riders can be sure they'll not need too many lights but they'll be challenged in other ways along the route. Norway is a relatively new and untravelled area for bikepacking races so don't miss a beat and follow along with the race here.

Dominik Bokstaller

Name: Dominik Bokstaller

Age: 40

Cap number: 17

Location: St. Gallen, Switzerland

Bike: Frame: Tour de Suisse - Gravel (last minute DIY-paintjob) Groupset: Shimano GRX Di2 / Garbaruk Wheels: Hunt Limitless Wheelset Crankset: Ingrid BB: C-Bear Framebag: Packs Custom 🧁 Saddlebag: Ortlieb Saddle: SQlab

Key items of kit: Custom Framebag mady by Packs - optimising space to carry more cake!

Amy Clark

Name: Amy Clark

Age: 36

Cap number: 26

Location: Seattle, WA (USA)

Bike: Dahon Dash.

Key items of kit: Kindernay VII IGH, SP-8 Dynamo + Sinewave Beacon Headlight with USB charging, MagPed pedals. Custom frame bag from Rockgeist, Restrap race handlebar bag and Ortlieb fork bags are my favorites for bikepacking. This is a folding bike with 406 wheels because I just really love mini velos :)

Simone Eder

Name: Simone Eder

Age: 42

Cap number: 35

Location: Basel, Switzerland

Bike: I will ride my Cannondale Topstone on Hunt 650b Adventure Carbon Disc Wheels with 40mm Continental Terra Speeds. The Shimano GRX groupset with 46/30 in the front is spiced up with an XTR 11-40 cassette. Fizik Tempo Argo 3D saddle and Roval Terra Carbon handlebar with Prime Noosa mini aerobars for some comfort.

Key items of kit: To get all my stuff on this tiny bike I'm friendly supported by Tailfin with an Aero pack Carbon rack. The 4,5l Apidura framebag fills up my frame completely and is accompanied by a bolt-on Toptube bag. My sleeping setup contains a SeatoSummit Flame I sleeping bag, Thermarest NeoAir mat and a BoraGear UL bivi. Merino baselayer, Downjacket, Alpha Long Sleeve Jersey, Gilet, legwarmers, gloves, buff, headband and a 7mesh Copilot rainjacket will be in my Tailfin. Framebag for electronics and food only. A Camelbak Chase backpack for liquids.

Markus Angerer

Name: Markus Angerer

Age: 42

Location: Munich, Germany

Bike: I'm riding The Bright Midnight with my Specialized Diverge from 2021 with a SRAM Force Etap setup (10-52 cassette, 40T chainring). DT Swiss GRC 1400 wheels, 45 Schwalbe G One RS tires. Saddle ERGON SR Pro Carbon.

Key items of kit: I`m using Restrap Race bags. To see everything in the bright midnight and in between, I will use my Lupine Piko headlap and Lupine backlight.

Michael Rabe

Name: Michael Rabe

Age: 37

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Bike: Steel bike built by my friend @significant.other.bikes. Oveja Negra bags mostly. Will run a rack. Tires still tbd.

Key items of kit: My hearing aid.

André Jonsson

Name: André Jonsson

Age: 38

Location: Ottsjö, Sweden

Bike: Salsa Warbird. SRAM 1x11 with Garbaruk 10-46 cassette. JRA Mahi Mahi Wheels. Continental Terra Speed/Trail 40mm.

Key items of kit: All bags are my own hobby project called Håckren Bikebäg. Lights from Lumonite. Sleeping system: Sea to Summit sleeping bag, Klymit sleeping mat and rescue bivvy. Clothing and hydration bag from USWE and navigated with Wahoo.

Claus Enneper

Name: Claus Enneper

Age: 56

Cap number: 38

Location: Oldenburg, Germany

Bike: Rigid Salsa Fargo. DT Swiss 1501 wheels and bit bigger tires Vittoria Terreno 2.1" to swallow jolts and bumps. Drivetrain is SRAM Rival with 36t chainring and 9-46 back. Pedals: Tatze two-face flat/cleat. Walmer Bar with Profile Design 35a aero extensions.

Key items of kit: Enduro shoes for some comfort. Lights from Lupine: Rotlicht intl. (back) and Blika (front). Navigations by Wahoo Bolt, and as backup an ancient Garmin Oregon 700 powered by standard batteries. Photochromatic eyewear. Sleeping bag Cumulus X-LITE 400 with Therm-a-Rest NeoAir and Tyvek groundsheet will be sufficient. 3-layer rain jacket and waterproof over-gloves. Bags from Decathlon (tiny seat bag), Revelate Designs (frame bag + top tube), Salsa (strapped on aerobars) and Brooks Feed Pouch.

I wish all the riders and the helping hands a great event🤞

Svenja Hoelzl & Bastian Cambrésy

Name: Svenja Hoelzl & Bastian Cambrésy

Age: 44

Cap number: 190

Location: Nyon, Switzerland

Bike: Open Wi.De sage green

Key items of kit: Adventure fork, SRAM eTap Force/X00 and ENVE components.

Gunnar Dethlefsen

Name: Gunnar Dethlefsen

Age: 37

Cap number: 31

Location: Kiel, Germany

Bike: It's a Dankward, a custom bike brand from Kiel in this case with an alu frame with a carbon fork and with colors of my choice. For my groupset I ride SRAM GX Eagle With 1×12 (34T/10-52T). I ride tubeless René Herse Oracle Ridge Endurance (48mm) in the front and René Herse Manastash Ridge (44mm) in the back, because otherwise it won't fit. Still pretty comfy and smooth to ride. Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT for navigation. Special gadgets are the RedShift ShockStop suspension which I really like and Ergon CF Allroad Pro Carbon Setback with Brooks C17. And of course Aerobars from Profile Design.

Key items of kit: I mainly use Apidura bags (full frame pack 12l, saddle pack 17l, long top tube pack 2l and a downtube). As a handlebar pack I choose Topeak Frontloader. My sleeping kit is a 3FUL Gear LanShan 1 Pro single tent, Therm-a-Rest Uberlite sleeping mat and Cumulus Lite line 300 sleeping bag. As light I use a simple CatEye G Volt 70.1 and a CatEye as a backlight. As my lucky item I will take a Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HPG Airpump because I always have trouble with the small ones, breaking my tube and so on.

Ramsey Hanna

Name: Ramsey Hanna

Age: 34

Cap number: 59

Location: Maryland, USA

Bike: Rodeo labs Trail Donkey 3.1 (TRAILCOW). SRAM Axs mullet drivetrain.

Key items of kit: MRP Baxter suspension fork, I9 wheelset, Tailfin rack, Rogue panda + Broadfork bags.

Arve Espeland

Name: Arve Espeland

Age: 31

Cap number: 40

Location: Kristiansand, Norway

Bike: I will be riding my FARA all- road, with Shimano Ultegra Di2 12 speed. Wheels are Fulcrum rapid 300 with Panaracer Gravelking Sk+ 35mm.

Key items of kit: Top tube bag from Tailfin, the rest is from Rosewheel Integrated bag system made for FARA. Lezyne 1600 front light and a simple Knog light in the rear. Garmin Edge 1040 for navigation.

Benedikt Stratmann

Name: Benedikt Stratmann

Age: 32

Cap number: 138

Location: Dortmund, Germany

Bike: Specialized Diverge Comp, SRAM drivetrain with 36t x 10-42t.

Key items of kit: Saddle bag: Ortlieb. Frame bag: Blackburn. Toptube bag: Bontrager.

Bastian Cambrésy

Name: Bastian Cambrésy

Age: 44

Cap number: 190

Location: Nyon, Switzerland

Bike: Open Wi-De, SRAM eTap Force & XX1 and ENVE components.

Key items of kit: 6 bags Geosmina, Lezyne Front and back light, Garmin Edge 830 and Sea to Summit sleeping gear.

Michael Knottek

Name: Michael Knottek

Age: 35

Cap number: 78

Location: Germany

Bike: Merida Silex 700

Key items of kit: Syntace C25i Wheelset with Conti TerraTrail 40mm Tubeless. Syntace AeroBar. Apidura Frame, TopTube and Seatpack.

Clemens „Peti“ Melms

Name: Clemens „Peti“ Melms

Age: 33

Cap number: 96

Location: Hannover, Kaltland

Bike: Focus Mares CX 2017 Disc Frame, SRAM Rival/Apex 11 Speed, 11-46 cassette, DT Swiss G1800 Wheels, Schwalbe G-One R 40mm Tires, Ritchey Adventure Max Dropbar, Deda AeroBar, SQ Lab Saddle, SPD Pedals, Fidlock Bottles.

Key items of kit: Acid Pack Pro Bags.

Matthias Ernst

Name: Matthias Ernst

Age: 32

Cap number: 175

Location: Bochum, Germany

Bike: Specialized Diverge Comp Carbon, Mechanical Shimano GRX 810 48/31 x 11-34. Carl Z "42" bikepacking wheelset (1450gramms 22mm inner width). Specialized S-Works Pathfinder 42mm tyres, Specialized Power saddle 155mm, Roval Terra seatpost, Richey ergomax Handlebar with Supacaz super sticky bar tape. Integrated cheap wahoo mount, trusty Shimano SPD pedals and cheap BBB aero light tribar.

Key items of kit: Bags: Ortlieb Backpackloader, Fjalraven/Specialized Framebag, Apidura Racing Long Top Tube Pack 2L, 2x Ortlieb Forkpack and Swatbox in the frame. Tentative: Rapha handlebar bag.

Light: Lupine Rotlicht or Cateye Volt 800 still debating. Wahoo ELEMNT Roam.

Sleep: Decathlon Forclaz MT900 tent for two people as we're in the team category, Bahidora mattress and Sea to Summit Spark II.

Key clothes: Rapha down jacket, GoreTex Shakedry, GoreTex Packlight trail rain pants, Assos and Rapha Bibs.

Viggo Vea

Name: Viggo Vea

Age: 50

Cap number: 147

Location: Bergen, Norway

Bike: Stribe Juno Frameset, 45mm carbon wheel in the back and a dynamo wheel in front, Pirelli Cinturato h 40mm tires. Groupset is Shimano 105 Di2 road with a 50/34 front and 11/34 in the back

Key items of kit: 7RBags seatpack, Revelate Designs framebag, Apidura toptube bag, cheap Aliexpress bag under the aerobars. Sinewave beacon Frontlight and BM Secula Rear and Garmin Explore 2 gps.

Raimonds Malisevs

Name: Raimonds Malisevs

Age: 35

Cap number: 170

Location: Riga, Latvia

Bike: Giant Revolt 1 2021, aluminium frame with carbon fork, Shimano GRX 2x10, 30/46 front (RX600), 11-40 (SunRace cassette) with RX400 derailleur, RX400 brakes (Deore XT RT-MT800 disc, L04C metal pads), PD-EH500 pedals, Schwalbe G-ONE R 700x45 tires, custom GR 531 rims 28 spokes with DT Swiss 350 hubs and SAPIM Race spokes, Salsa Cowchipper 44cm handlebar with Redshift BAR GRIPS wrapped in Cambium Rubber tape, Brooks Cambium C15 Carved saddle.

Key items of kit: Bags: Ortlieb frame, saddle and fork bags, Apidura top-tube bag. Navigation: Garmin Edge 1040. Sleep system: Alpkit Soloist, Mammut Relax Down Bag 0c, Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite, Mammut pillow, Viking long sleeve. Morale boost: Kovea Supalite Titanium Stove to enjoy coffee with a view.

Jan Recker

Name: Jan Recker

Age: 34

Cap number: 119

Location: Cologne, Germany

Bike: Kona Rove ST Custom Build, Shimano Ultegra 46/30 - 11/34 Absolute Black oval, Zip 303s with Tufo Thunderos 40mm Tubeless and Profile Design AeroBars.

Not the lightest choice, but I'm going with my couch :)

Key items of kit: Bags: Mix of Apidura Frame/Saddle/Aerobag + Restrap Race Toptube bag + Hydration vest. Sleeping system: Sea to Summit Ultralight mat + Spark SP0 sleeping bag.

Tjalling Alkema

Name: Tjalling Alkema

Age: 45

Cap number: 3

Location: The Netherlands

Bike: Canyon Grizl CF SL 7 with 11-40 mtb cassette and Schwalbe G-One RS tires.

Key items of kit: Mix of Revelate, Blackburn and Canyon bags. Wahoo Roam for navigation. MSR Freelite 1 tent with Uberlite pad and lightweight quilt for comfortable nights.

Henrik Grytbakk

Name: Henrik Grytbakk

Age: 44

Cap number: 178a

Location: Trondheim, Norway

Bike: Canyon Inflite Al with mechanical Ultegra/GRX. 46/36 crank and a 11-42 cassette. Nextie rims on DT240/350 hubs, with Conti Terra Speed 40mm. Profile Design aerobar with 60mm riserkit.

Key items of kit: Garmin Edge130 for navigation. Apidura/Agu bags stuffed with warm and waterproof clothes (I very well know how Norwegian summerweather can be) A thin sleeping bag and a foam cell mat in case we can’t find any accommodation.

Bjørn Gjevik

Name: Bjørn Gjevik

Age: 33

Cap number: 52

Location: Trondheim, Norway.

Bike: Bergamont Grandurance 6. Gravel bike. Gravel tires, Scwhalbe G-one bite 45mm wth tubes. 2x10 Shimano GRX.

Key items of kit: Restrap race saddle bag. Apidura frame bag. Wahoo Elemnt Bolt for navigation. Will also strap a 2L dry bag to my aero bars.

Jackie Baker

Name: Jackie Baker

Age: 44

Cap number: 10

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Bike: Breadwinner B-Road

Key items of kit: This Breadwinner B-Road is such a good little gravel grinder! I just put new Paul Klamper brakes on it, so you might be able to see a little bling on the backside. Running my trusty Broadfork bags with the Apidura Expedition Saddle pack, as per the usual and hoping there are some ice cream treats to be found in Norway. I love my Sinewave Beacon light paired with the Son Dynamo hub, but I'm not sure I'll even need it!

Laurie Charron-Lozeau

Name: Laurie Charron-Lozeau

Age: 28

Cap number: 24

Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

Bike: Cervélo Aspero 2021, Shimano GRX 810 1x groupset, 40T chainring, Gabaruk 11-50 cassette, 650b DT SWISS GRC 1400 Spline wheels, Soma Cazadero 42mm tires (tubeless).

Key items of kit: Bags: Custom frame bag by Andrea Perici (@arch_ind), Apidura bolt-on top tube bag (1L), MAAP x Apidura saddle pack (7L), Velodrom x Duo Bags handlebar bag (2L), Woho XTouring and Agu feed bags (2x1L)

Sleep system: Sea to Summit Flame II sleeping bag, Sea to Summit Ultralight Air sleeping pad, Mammut air pillow, emergency bivvy, mosquito head net, sleep mask.

Other: Salomon Adv Skin 12 hydration vest (1.5L)

Michal Fok

Name: Michal Fok

Age: 38

Cap number: 47

Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

Bike: Cervélo Aspero 2021 - Shimano GRX with Garbaruk components - 40 x 11-50 gearing - Ultradynamico Rosé JFF tires 700x42 - ZIPP Service Course SL 70 XPLR Handlebar - Profile Design Sonic Ergo 43a Clip On Aerobar - Specialized Roval Alpinist Carbon Seat Post - Fizik Vento Argo R1 Adaptive Saddle

Key items of kit: Tailfin aeropack alloy Apidura: expedition frame pack 5.3L - top tube pack 1L - Aerobar pack 2.5 L- food pouch 1.2 L Fabric Cageless Tool Keg Wahoo Elemnt Roam V2

Thomas rouckhout

Name: Thomas rouckhout

Age: 28

Cap number: 172

Location: Brussels

Bike: 3T Exploro Ultra

Key items of kit: • Apidura expedition saddle, bar & frame bag. • Apidura Race top tube bag • Continental Race King 2.2 Black Chili tires • Ritchie WCS carbon Ergomax handlebar

Michael Rabe

Name: Michael Rabe

Age: 37

Cap number: 118

Location: California

Bike: Steel Custom made by @significant.other.bikes a few years ago

Key items of kit: Opinel from AJ

Robert Jan Wyszka

Name: Robert Jan Wyszka

Age: 38

Cap number: 154

Location: Germany, Hannover

Bike: CANYON Grizl CF SL 7 eTap FAHRRAD - BICYCLE 2022 Earl Grey SIZE: XS

Key items of kit: The top tube bag is from Canyon / Apidura. All other bags are from Cyclite. Because my frame is so small, I have Fidlock bottles that can be removed from the side. The front aero rack (carbon) is second-hand from Ebay. I navigate with an old Wahoo. The Sigma Buster 2000 HL LED helmet light is also my power bank. My tyres are Continental Terra Trail ProTection folding tyres 40-584 TLR black.

Marc Lehmann

Name: Marc Lehmann

Age: 37

Cap number: 192

Location: Stuttgart, Germany

Bike: Bike: FOCUS ATLAS 8.9 Groupset: SRAM Rival XPLR with a 38 chainring and a 180 mm disc in the front Wheelset: DT SWISS GR1600 with 40 mm SCHWALBE G-ONE RS Aero bars: BBB AERO light Saddle: SQlab 60X

Key items of kit: Most important item: fo.goods "MAMPFDAMPFER" mounted underneath the aero bars - best food storage, can fit 4 cans of coke and food ;-)

Tailfin Aero pack - the sleeping (bivy, sleeping bag and air matress) and rain gear EVOC frame bag - electronics and body care milKit HASSLE'OFF toolkit with pump mounted on the top tube - hopefully not needed FIRST AID kit for the case of falls. Spare parts in there as well - hopefully not needed

WAHOO ELEMNT Roam for navigation

Andreas Wagner

Name: Andreas Wagner

Age: 48

Cap number: 86

Location: Dannstadt, Germany

Bike: Rose Backroad limited GRX 1x11 Di2

Key items of kit: Changed Chainring & Cassette to Wolf Tooth 36T, Shimano 11-46 Mix of Apidura and Ortlieb bags, optional Fork Pack if needed Lights: Lupine Rotlicht and SL AF 7 Frontlight My important item/issue: always trying to ride with cap 86 in meemory ofKev Walsh from Canada, whom I rode my first Ultra with in Brittany last year. He had cap 86 and tragically died 2 months after the race.

Bettina Bögl

Name: Bettina Bögl

Age: 33

Cap number: 16

Location: Bavaria

Bike: Ghost Asket Reynolds ATR Black Label Maxxis Rambler 700x45 Shimano GRX 1x11 40x52

Key items of kit: Evoc Bag 12 + backpack Fidlock flask Ortlieb frame bag

Nathalie Schneitter

Name: Nathalie Schneitter

Age: 37

Cap number: 125

Location: Solothurn, Switzerland

Bike: Trek Checkpoint 9.9

Key items of kit: - Sram Red Cranks with 40T Chainring

  • Sram Red Brakes / Shifter
  • Sram Eagle X0 Derailleur with 10-50 Cassette
  • DT Swiss CRC35 Wheeset
  • Schwalbe G-One RS Tires in 40mm
  • Shimano XTR Pedals
  • Saddle / Stem / Handlebar (40cm): Bontrager
  • Profile Design Neo Sonic 45 Aerobar
  • Bags: Ortlieb SaddleBag TWO, Bontrager Adventure Framebag and Toptubebag
  • Fidlock Twist Toolbox
  • Lights: Bontrager

Marc Schnitzius

Name: Marc Schnitzius

Age: 30

Cap number: 126

Location: Mainz, Germany

Bike: Standert Erdgeschoss Steel Frame Electric SRAM Force / Eagle X01 (10-52) drivetrain 34T Wolftooth chainring Pirelli Cinturato Gravel M 50mm tires 650b DT Swiss GRC 1400 wheels

Supernova E3 Triple 2 / E3 tail light combo Clinq pure charger + by a SON28 dynamo

SQLabs Ergowave 2.1 active saddle Zipp Service Course SL (44cm) handlebar Profile Design T4+ extensions with spacer kit

Key items of kit: Allygn Diamond front rack with 10L Sea-to-Summit eVent DryBag for the sleeping gear: Thermarest NeoAir pad Forclaz Trek900 sleeping bag Tyvek ground sheet

Top tube bag for bars, and charing stuff Apidura half frame bag for food and quick-access like gilet, gloves and arm warmers 11L Ortlieb seat bag for clothing, spare tubes 2x 3L Tailfin fork bags for rain gear and Outdoor Research Helium Bivy

Hydration: 2x 750ml Elite steel bottles Camelbak Chase with 1.5L hydration bladder and food

Navigation: Wahoo ELEMNT Roam for primary navigation Phone or Garmin watch as a backup device

Connor Needham

Name: Connor Needham

Age: 25

Cap number: 105

Location: Bristol, England

Bike: Focus Atlas 6.7 stock with 38mm Vitoria Terreno Zero tyres

Key items of kit: Full Apidura racing series for bags, extra clothes in the saddle bag, misc items in the frame bag including sleep setup of SOL emergency bivi and sleeping mat and then food in the top tube bag. I will also use a Salomon active skin 4 hydration pack for extra water and snacks. Pretty lightweight to get me up the climbs and through the Fjords.

Sami Martiskainen

Name: Sami Martiskainen

Age: 43

Cap number: 95

Location: Helsinki Finland

Bike: My Pelago Sibbo dialed for gravel riding. Dialing done by changing beefier tyres and smaller chainrings. Otherwise pretty normal stuff: gears are from the japanese fishing equipment manufacturers bike line. Carbon wheels from LBS Velobia. Bike also has stem, handlebar, seatpost and saddle for improved control and comfort.

Key items of kit: Some sleeping gear, some warm clothes, tools & some spares, food and water. Probably too much of everything. But better safe than sorry!

Phillip Kaspersen

Name: Phillip Kaspersen

Age: 52

Cap number: 71

Location: Kristiansand, Norway

Bike: Scott Addict Gravel 10 (size 58/XL), SRAM Force AXS 2x, DT Swiss GRC 1400 on Pirelli Cinturato Gravel RC. Deda Parabolica Duo aerobars.

Key items of kit: Tailfin Aeropack carbon without pannier mounts, Apidura Race long top tube bag for most of my on-bike food and snacks, Apidura Race 4l frame bag for tools and tech. I'll also carry a Camelbak Chase hydration vest with space for more food, gloves, GoPro and other smaller items. For night time riding I'll be guided by my trusty Exposure Lights Strada SB on the front and a pair of SeeSense backlights. In my Tailfin I'll keep my sleep system (OR Helium bivvy, Sea To Summit SP1 sleeping bag, Aeros Premium pillow and Comfort Light sleeping mat), rain jacket, neoprene gloves and shoe covers and of course extra woolly socks.

Richard Pywell

Name: Richard Pywell

Age: 35

Cap number: 117

Location: an Australian in London

Bike: My gravel bike is a Specialized S-Works Crux. It's got a Sram Rival + Eagle AXS groupset with wireless blips on the aerobars. Gears are a 42T up front and 10-52 in the rear. Wheels are a mix of Zipp 303 and Hunt alloy gravel due to me damaging the front Zipp a week ago :(. I'm going with 38mm Teravail Washburn semi-slicks.

Key items of kit: Tailfin aeropack, Restrap top tube bag, custom frame bag and an Apidura backpack for luggage. I'll be deliberating on sleeping kit until 10mins before the start I think! I particularly like my front light setup, it's a Silva Trailspeed with a 3D printed adaptor and battery inside my top tube bag.

Robert Cartwright

Name: Robert Cartwright

Age: 24

Cap number: 23

Location: Methven, Scotland

Bike: Vitus Substance CRS 2 frame, Hunt 4 Season Gravel wheels with 42mm Specialized Pathfinder Pro tyres. Shimano GRX, front: 46-30 rear: 40-11

Key items of kit: Apidura saddle bag with sleeping kit, Restrap aero bag for clothes, and Apidura top tube and frame bags for food and everything else

Robert Krügel

Name: Robert Krügel

Age: 41

Cap number: 84

Location: Dresden Germany

Bike: Mason Bokeh V1, some years and events in. size 50. Hunt Carbon Wheels 700c. René Herse / Dailybread Cycles Berlin- Hurrican Ridge 700c/42 Tires Standard Case. Sram Force1 by 11, 38 front, 11-42 back, hope this will be fine. I stick with Beast Components Gravel Bar Carbon and Beast MTB Stem. Best flared Dropbar for long offroad rides. Ergon SR Saddle, old Shimano SPD Roadbikepedals. Deda Aerobars, supernove Light front, back some light i got at the 7 serpents bag. Revelate Bag on top, Miss Grape in the Back and front. my combo since years. Frame Bag, full custom neon Timba equipment, handmade in Dresden, 5 minutes away from me, happy about that! Water Bladder 2,5l on my back in a vest. some spare tube, some spare parts, multi tool, knife, etc pp

Key items of kit: -Velocio Apparel Kit, mix of merino and Rain Stuff, totally happy with that! -good amount of mp3 music for magical moments in the night. -my Fuji X100 Cam for memories. -kinesio tape for support my old knee -Matcha Tea and black tea bags for the water bladder -Sleeping back for cozy nights

Tautvydas Kalvaitis

Name: Tautvydas Kalvaitis

Age: 33

Cap number: #67

Location: Vilnius, Lithuania

Bike: Pinarello Grevil

Key items of kit: bags, Sram axs mullet drivetrain, 40mm terra speeds, fidlock bottles

Megan Bagley

Name: Megan Bagley

Age: 30

Cap number: 9

Location: Amsterdam, NL

Bike: Standert Erdgeschoss with sram mullet (beep boop), i9 wheels

Key items of kit: full camping setup, all the tools/spare parts that i know how to use, & space for food

highlights in no particular order: shake-dry gore raincoat, carrie gerre frame bag, casio calculator watch, & olympus xa camera

Markus Valentin

Name: Markus Valentin

Age: 34

Cap number: 143

Location: Leipzig/Germany

Bike: Topstone Carbon 4 - Just rebuild with the warranty replacement frame. Parcours Alta 650b Wheelset with Pirelli Cinturato Gravel M ( I am hoping for some Mud) PRO Lenker Discover Carbon + PRO Stem.

Key items of kit: Restrap Race Frame and Top Tube bag, Relevate Design Saddle Bag. Cumulus Sleeping Bag,Thermarest Mat.

Steven Hatley

Name: Steven Hatley

Age: 50

Cap number: 61

Location: Bjørnafjorden, Norway

Bike: Niner RLT Steel

Key items of kit: Here is my entry for Badlands rigs, with photo attached. Thanks for doing this, I really enjoyed seeing the rigs from last year!

Steven Hatley

Age: 49

Os, Vestland, Norway


The Bike: I will riding the Bright Midnight on my Niner RLT Steel built up with an SRAM Rival/Force 1x drivetrain (38x11/42), DT Swiss GR 1600 wheels and running 650b x 47mm Vittoria tires.

Bags: Diverse Revelate Designs bags.

Gear highlights: Garmin Edge 530 for navigation and a motley assortment of lights and tools with the highlight being my trusty and hopefully seldom used Blackburn Big Switch Ratchet Multi-Tool. Clothing choices will be a last minute affair due to the challenging and fickle Norwegian weather we are sure to encounter. Sleep system will be an old bivvy + Sea to Summit reactor liner + Exped Ultra 1R pad.

Hannah Somhegyi

Name: Hannah Somhegyi

Age: 33

Cap number: 137

Location: Bend Oregon USA

Bike: A very heavy Kona sutra ltd

Key items of kit: All the rain gear

Tjerk Bakker

Name: Tjerk Bakker

Age: 35

Cap number: 11

Location: The Netherlands

Bike: Niner RLT9 Frame, Shimano GXR 810/Ultegra groupset (48/31T front with 11-36T cassette), Handbuild Tailwind wheelset with SON dynamo hub, Pirelli Cinturato Hard 45mm tires. Fitted with BBB Cycling parts. A.o. Pedals, Saddle, Handlebar.

Key items of kit: All bags and parts from BBB Cycling: Seat SideKick(BSB-143) 10L saddle bag with BagBrace(BSB-148) stabalizer, SealMate(BSB-65L) 3L Frame bag, SealTank(BSB-62L) 1L top tube bag with 2x BarBuddy(BSB-20) snack packs and the FrontFellow(BSB-141) 10L handlebar bag. Sleeping gear is a bivvy and sleeping bag from Alpkit with the Therm-a-rest Uberlight mini air mattres. All clothing and additional accessoires are from BBB Cycling. Yes, I work for BBB Cycling! ;)

Thorsten Kraus

Name: Thorsten Kraus

Age: 39

Cap number: 187

Location: Würzburg, Germany

Bike: Stoll R1, Intend Samurai Upside-Down Fork, BikeAhead Three-Zero Wheelset, Trickstuff Piccola HD, Sram XX1 AXS 10-50 34T, Syntace C6 Aerobar, Lupine Lights, Ortlieb Packs

Key items of kit: Fastrolling, Lightwight AND Comfortable! Most of the Parts „Made in Germany“. Frame is about 840gramms and has a weight limit of 80Kg. Upside-Down Fork is predestined to carry gear because this is not part of the unsprung mass.


Name: Chris

Age: 28

Cap number: 195

Location: Germany

Bike: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘔𝘶𝘭𝘦 Cube Nuroad

Key items of kit: Ortlieb Backroll

Specialized/Fjällräven Frame Bags

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Brian McAuslan

Name: Brian McAuslan

Age: 47

Cap number: 185

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Bike: Cinelli Nemo TIG Gravel, Campagnolo Ekar 1x13 40t x 9-42 cassette, WTB Venture 40mm tyres.

Key items of kit: Restrap frame and canister bag, Tailfin top tube pack, trunk top bag and 10l mini panniers. Taking a tent, sleeping bag and mat just in case. Supernova Airstream front light, Garmin 530 and power bank.


Name: Rasmus

Age: 33

Cap number: 19

Location: Germany, Hamburg

Bike: S-Works Crux 58cm with SRAM Force wide/red mix. 2x (43/30 | 10-36) to have no big jumps between gears.

ZIPP 353nsw

Profile design aero bars (short).

42mm S-works pathfinder, not the fastest but good protection and easy to mount on the rim

Key items of kit: Apidura Seat pack 7l, apidura Frame pack 4.5l and a Tailfin top tube with 1.1l. Apidura hydration vest with

Richard Frans

Name: Richard Frans

Age: 55

Cap number: 48

Location: Netherlands

Bike: Chiru vagus

Key items of kit: Shimano GRX mechanical. SON dynamo hub. Sea to Summit sleeping bag and therm-a-rest mat. Bags from Gramm Tourpacking, restrap and tailfin. For navigation: Hammerhead Karoo2.

Michael Storcksdieck genannt Bonsmann

Name: Michael Storcksdieck genannt Bonsmann

Age: 40

Cap number: 175

Location: Germany

Bike: Open U.P. with SRAM Force AXS Mullet 40 x 10-52 Drivetrain

Key items of kit: DT Swiss GRC1400 with Panaracer Sk Plus 40-622, Easton Carbon Handle Bars and Seat Post

A variety of bags: Topeak Frontloader, Restrap Adventure Race Top Tube Bag 2 l, Apidura Expedition Frame Bag, Tailfin AeroPack with 10 l Mini Panniers, Fidlock Bottles

Sleeping kit: Sea to summit Spark Sleeping Bag, Sea to summit Ultralight Insulated Air Sleeping Mat, Sea to summit Aeros Premium Pillow, shared Forclaz Tent (riding as team)

Motto: rather be safe than sorry - this is my first ultra

Christophe Dijkmans

Name: Christophe Dijkmans

Age: 31

Cap number: 33

Location: Liege, Belgium

Bike: Chiru Vagus Ti Frame built by my mechanical and friend Allcapol. ERASE wheelset. It's a Belgian brand that produces its hubs directly in Belgium, which is rare enough to be mentioned. Mounted with Hutchinson Touareg 40mm tyres and liners. SRAM AXS Mullet groupset. Front 42 Rear 10/50. Galfer discs and pads. FIZIK ARGO Adaptative mounted on a Canyon S14 Flex seatpost. Deda aerobars.

Key items of kit: Full tailfin kit as bags. I will try to go lighter than I usually do. So I'll be using a more minimalist sleeping system. Mainly an emergency bivy bags. On the other hand, I'm keeping my habits in terms of clothing, no compromises. For navigation, I'll be using my Garmin 1040 Solar. Even though I will ride with a dynamo on the bike (it will be used after the race for touring mode), I'm going with a powerbank to recharge the electronics.

Mahe Clément

Name: Mahe Clément

Age: 37

Cap number: 90

Location: Suisse

Bike: Cannondale Topstone by NakedTom. Princeton Wheels

Key items of kit: Apidura bags/Exposure light.

Mathias Mücke

Name: Mathias Mücke

Age: 31

Cap number: 100

Location: Memmingen, Germany

Bike: VELOHELD.ICONX TITAN DT Swiss E1800 spline wheels with WTB byway 44mm tubeless tires. Ergon SR Pro Men saddle and Ritchey components. Warm jacket, gore shakedry, sleeping bag and mat, emergency bivy, spare bib & rain shorts in the Topeak backloader seatpack. Restrap Race frame bag for spare tube, tools, hygiene stuff, power bank, chargers… Cyclite top tube bag for snacks. Cyclite handle bar aero bag for food and clothes if I temporarily don’t need them.

Key items of kit: Haribos ;)

Rufus Wenlock

Name: Rufus Wenlock

Age: 35

Cap number: 149

Location: New Zealand

Bike: SÜFUR Prototype (self creation)

Key items of kit: 1x12 Sram AXS drivetrain 38t ring 10/50 cassette. 700x40 Pirelli Cinturato tyres, Son dynamo hub with Klite charger and light. Huge frame bag for all the gear. Dry bag strapped under saddle with insulated jacket. Bivy and pillow for sleeping. Apidura hydration vest for extra water and carrying things I want handy.

Nathalie Hoogeveen

Name: Nathalie Hoogeveen

Age: 32

Cap number: 63

Location: The Netherlands

Bike: Cannondale Topstone

Key items of kit: This frame has traveled through 22 countries on a 1-year bikepacking last year. Now equipped with a SON dynamo and kLite lightning system.

Mindaugas Urbontaitis

Name: Mindaugas Urbontaitis

Age: 33

Cap number: 141

Location: Vilnius, Lithuania

Bike: 8bar Mitte V3 Gravel x Road bike. GRX drivetrain with 48/32 chainrings and 11-40 cassette. Duke wheels with 45mm Pirelli Cinturato H tyres.

Key items of kit: Tailfin Aeropack, Bivi, Thermarast sleeping pad, silk inliner, Sea To Summit Spark sleeping bag. Restrap Look Race Top Tube Bag - Limited Run 04, Ride and Get Lost custom frame bag. K-lite power hub front light and usb connector to charge my Garmin 1040.

Max Hilger

Name: Max Hilger

Age: 35

Cap number: 192

Location: Stuttgart, Germany

Bike: FOCUS ATLAS 8.9 BBB AeroLight aero bar Sram XPLR AXS drivetrain with 38 chainring DT Swiss wheelset Schwalbe G-One RS 40 mm Lupine Piko lighting system & Rotlicht rear light

Key items of kit: Custom fo.goods "Mampfdampfer" aero bar bag for food BBB SealMate frame bag for electronics and care Tailfinn Alloy Rack with AP20 Trunk Top-Bag for sleeping items Outdoor Research Helium bivy Mountain Equipment Helium 400 sleeping bag Thermarest Prolite mat BBB AutoTank MudCap bottles

Markus Brigl

Name: Markus Brigl

Age: 33

Cap number: 21

Location: Munich

Bike: Rose Backroad GRX CF

Key items of kit: Shimano GRX 48/31 with SRAM 11-36 Cassette, Tires: Schwalbe G-One RS 40 / Garmin Edge 530 / Lights: Lupine SL Nano (2x 5000mAh), 2x Sigma Backlights Saddlebag: (7L Restrap Race): SeaToSummit Ultralight Insulated mat, Emergency Bivy SOL light, Rainjacket, Raintrousers, Downjacket / Full Framebag (6L Restrap): Tools, Tubeless Repair Stuff, 2 Tubolito Tubes, some more clothing, 20000mAh Powerbank / TopTube Bag (2L Apidura Race): Gels, Bars, Stuff / 0,75l Water bottle / 2L Waterbladder EVOC

Eirik Knutsen

Name: Eirik Knutsen

Age: 32

Cap number: 79

Location: Bergen

Bike: Fara All road - 35mm - ultegra

Key items of kit: Bike and bikebags full of Fuel and sleepingkit

Julie Harster

Name: Julie Harster

Age: 33

Cap number: 60

Location: Lausanne

Bike: Juliana Quincy (Santa Cruz) carbon, 38t x 11-50t. Pirelli Cinturato M 40mm tires. Tubeless setup.

Key items of kit: Apidura top tube, framebag, and 14L saddle bag. Camelbak chase vest. Wahoo ELMNT Bolt. Mosquito repellent. Rain jacket. Sleeping bag. Emergency bivvy.

John Ola Buøy

Name: John Ola Buøy

Age: 34

Cap number: 178

Location: Buvika, Norway

Bike: Ibis Hakka MX

Key items of kit: 2x11 30/46 - 36/11 Conti Terra speed 40cm road bar

Jonas Fischer

Name: Jonas Fischer

Age: 34

Cap number: 44

Location: Salzburg, Austria

Bike: BMC Urs SRAM Force eTap/X01 Eagle AXS 38T x 10-52T CRD-400 SL Carbon MTT suspension fork Selle San Marco Ground René Herse Manastash Ridge TC 700C x 44 - Standard Supernova airstream upsidedown Supernova airstream backlight SADDLE BAG SMALL TOP TUBE BAG LARGE FRAME BAG AERO BAG Garmin Edge 530

Key items of kit: Oakley Aro5 reflective helmet Oakley radar ev photochromic Q36.5 pinstripe jersey short Q36.5 Wolff jersey long Q36.5 Cargo bib Q36.5 Rain Jacket Seatosummit inlett Seatosummit sleeping mat Alpkit bivy Cumulus puffy pants Puffy jacket Ministry of nutrition bars, Gels & energy drink

Jan-Philipp Sacher

Name: Jan-Philipp Sacher

Age: 35

Cap number: 121

Location: Leipzig

Bike: The borrowed Suicycle 🖤 Hagen Wechsel Prototype Bike Which also drove with Nico at the Atlas Mountain Race, I am incredibly grateful that I am allowed to drive it. Many thanks also go to my brother from another mother Bennet best mechanic ever (no bullshit)

Key items of kit: Benu Bags Custom Front Roll Benu Bags Custom Top Tube Bag Borrowed 😜 Restrap Frame bag thx Vally Fidlock ToolBox

Erik Arentz-Hansen

Name: Erik Arentz-Hansen

Age: 62

Cap number: 5

Location: Oslo, Norway

Bike: TREK Domane

Key items of kit: Standard

Åsa Ehrnholm

Name: Åsa Ehrnholm

Age: 42

Cap number: 37

Location: Ottsjö, Sweden

Bike: Cannondale

Key items of kit: Håckren Bikebäg.

Hydration bag from USWE

Hans-Martin Schnurr

Name: Hans-Martin Schnurr

Cap number: 127

Bike: Rose Backroad Mullet Build

Key items of kit: Sleeping Bag+Mat Rain Clothes Tools Spare Parts First Aid Kit Power Bank Cables ....

Max Muller

Name: Max Muller

Age: 31

Cap number: 101

Location: Stuttgart, Germany

Bike: Canyon Grizl (the comfi version)

Key items of kit: As I thought all cap numbers from 101 onwards are racing in the truck category, I packed accordingly: Ortlieb Side-Pack and the extra fuel Box at the rear. No complicated packing strategy, just through it all in. My motto: ride slow, pack quick!

Jorge Perez

Name: Jorge Perez

Age: 39

Cap number: 170

Location: Lausanne

Bike: @serktitanium A21 Dissident, 38T Oval, Garbaruk 11-50t, GRX Di2. SKK mudguards. Restrap frame bag+top tube bag.

Key items of kit: LSN GRVL sticker, Swiss Knife.

Linda Farczadi

Name: Linda Farczadi

Age: 37

Cap number: 42

Location: Lausanne

Bike: Open WI.DE, Zipp 303 Firecrest, Shimano GRX Di2 x Garbaruk - thanks to Rochat Cycles Switzerland. New triangle framepack from Apidura 🥳 stashed with clothes for bad weather, long top tube bag stashed with Maurten, clothing by Velocio, hydration backpack 🎒

Key items of kit: Lausanne Gravel sticker 🥰

Alexia Schmid

Name: Alexia Schmid

Age: 22

Cap number: 171

Location: Switzerland

Bike: S-Works Diverge DT Swiss GRC1400 Oval chainring 40T-11/46t MissGrape Saddle Bag

Key items of kit: Lausanne Gravel Sticker Selfmade framebag Ugly mudguards ;-)

Adrien Troesch

Name: Adrien Troesch

Age: 28

Cap number: 140

Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

Bike: Frame: 3T Exploro Ultra 56T Groupset: Shimano GRX x Garbaruk 11/50 Wheels: DT Swiss GRC 1400 Spline Framebag: Apidura Saddlebag: Ortlieb

Key items of kit: Unicorn legging to keep me warm in the SOL emergency bivy 🦄

Dries Hiroux

Name: Dries Hiroux

Age: 28

Cap number: 173

Location: Leuven, Belgium

Bike: Conway ALU GRV 600

Key items of kit: Ortlieb bags. I didnt have the budget to buy matching bike bottles, I am sorry for this non aesthetic mess :)

Neil Davey

Name: Neil Davey

Age: 50

Cap number: 29

Location: Stockholm

Bike: 2016 Enigma Ecroix Ti - Hunt 4 seasons wheels, tubeless 40mm Perelli Cintirrato, dynamo front (usb & front light). GRX 810 / 105 drive train and brakes, 46/30 - 34-11.

Mix of Restrap, Wildcat and good old Decathlon baggage.

Key items of kit: Rent and Sleeping rig mainly Naturehike. Cooking MSR and Decathlon Then too much other bits and bobs



Age: 26

Cap number: 173

Location: Brussels

Bike: Scott Addict Gravel 20 - Rival AXS w/ 38 chain ring & 10-42 casette

Key items of kit: Restrap bags. Will carry loads of food, a little stove for coffee, Lezyne lights. Sleeping kit is a sleeping bag + hammock with mosquito net

Leen van Hees

Name: Leen van Hees

Age: 25

Cap number: 172

Location: Frankfurt, Germany

Bike: Cannondale Carbon Topstone 5 with DT Swiss GR 1600 wheels

Key items of kit: Bags from Ortlieb and BBB Cycling

Peter Nedelcev

Name: Peter Nedelcev

Age: 37

Cap number: 104

Location: Slovakia 🇬🇧

Bike: 2022 Giant Revolt, Shimano GRX Di2 2x 31-48 / 11-42 42c Teravail Cannonball tyres on Roval Terra CLX Evo wheelset

Key items of kit: My wardrobe and bed is in the saddle bag. Garage (spares & electronics) & toiletries in the frame bag. Chemist, first aid kit 🚑 and some of my nutrition is int the small top tube bag, and the other top tube bag is strictly for my pantry 🍬🍩🍫🍪 NOM NOM. @brightmidnight let's be having ya

Paulius Kaminskas

Name: Paulius Kaminskas

Age: 32

Cap number: 68

Location: Lithuania

Bike: Basso Palta + Campagnolo Ekar 38x10-44, Dandy Horse wheels with Terra Trail 40mm tyres.

Key items of kit: Epidura bags, Profile Design aerobars. Sleep system: dawn jacket+emergency bivi+warmers

Sandra Schuberth

Name: Sandra Schuberth

Age: 34

Cap number: 130

Location: Munich, Germany

Bike: Fara F/Allroad with Profile Design Aerobars 33-36 smallest gear ratio, not the best choice but since I am riding a bike I hardly know and a saddle which I only used for commuting, the gear ratio shouldnt be a problem, the saddle may be.

Key items of kit: Handlebar roll (aka drybag) filled with sleeping Bag, bivi, Inlett Seat Bag: Rain Gear, sleeping mat, second pair of bib shorts, tights and merino Pullover Frame bag with Snacks and GoPro and probably electonics Hydration vest with 1.5 liters of water, snacks and toiletries