Bikes of Dorset Divide 2023
12 July, 2023
Bike: On One Whippet
Key items of kit: Alpkit bags, hoop bar and Bivvy. Custom bike build with revelation 120 fork and built up wheels. After lessons from last year I’m trying to have a lighter setup whilst still carrying more water!
Name: Ross Phoenix
Bike: 29er hardtail
Key items of kit: Bike Sram drivetrain with sunrace 11-52 cassette with 32 chainring. Will have me spinning out a lot on the road sections but I’m in no danger of being near the front anyway! Tt bars because I can’t suffer too much nerve damage at the moment plus I can spin out even sooner on flat sections. Rockshox Sid fork Hunt trailwide wheelset Conti race king protection 2.2 f+b Brooks saddle Nice flexy syntace seatpost My fave part - shimano slx 4 pot brakes
Bags Custom frame and top tube bag (prickly gorse) Apidura seatpack
Tech 10k ah powerbank Petzl head torch Exposure toro main light Exposure tracer rear and daytime front lights Garmin 530 Cheap wired headphones just incase
Sleep kit Mountain equipment down trousers Rab down jacket Probably a Sleeping mat Maybe some cosy socks and Bivvy if it looks really wet
Garments Gore long distance bibs Aero jersey Perfetto jersey Merino arm warmers Nano leg warmers Possibly trail shakedry? Definitely glasses this time Good old five-ten flats for my pasty feet with good merino socks
Other 3 litre water bladder, spares, tools and absolutely always carry a basic first aid kit
Name: Josse McKenney
Cap number: 28
Location: London, UK
Bike: Vitus Substance VRS-2, GRX 2x Groupset 46/30 with 11-40, Hunt 650B carbon wheels, 47mm Hutchinson Touareg tyres, Redshift seatpost and stem, Profile Design T1+ aerobars. Restrap race seatpack for clothes and a bivvy, Alpkit Bilbie frame bag for electricals and essentials, Decathlon top tube bag and 2 stem bags for easy access to snacks, tool bottle under the down tube.
Key items of kit: USWE Hydration Pack, makes it much easier to drink on the go and I can go for longer between stops. Also, my Redshift seatpost and stem, to save my backside and hands from whatever Dorset has to throw at me!
Name: Tom Hall
Bike: Mason Bokeh, Hunt 650b grav grav wheelset, 50mm Pirelli Cinturato tyres (naughty, sorry chainstays), Fabric saddle, middle of the road GRX groupo, Exposure Toro light cannon and helmet lights.
Key items of kit: Going light as this is a shorty (relatively), minimum sleep kit allowed, full Apidura bag set up- loving the new hydration pack which saw me through a HOT HT550, lots of Styrkr SLT and gels.
Name: Tim W
Cap number: 29
Location: Bristol, UK
Bike: OPEN UP
Key items of kit: Apidura Frame bag, Wildcat saddle harness, lots of snacks.
Name: Josh Murphy
Cap number: 5
Bike: Reilly Gradient with Hunt wheels and fresh Pirelli sneaks
Key items of kit: Attempting lightweight. Small Apidura racing bags holding emergency bivvy, a jacket, a whistle, a toothbrush, basic tools, lights and charging plus a few hundred Percy Pigs. Apidura backpack for snacks + bevvies
Name: Stevan Brown
Cap number: 19
Location: Crawley, West Sussex. UK
Bike: Titus Silk Road Sram GX, fitted with Shwalbe Racing Ray/Ralph 2.25 Tyres and Ergon GP3 Grips
Key items of kit: TIC CC, DHB, Stoic and Endura Clothing. Giro Shoes. Restrap and Alpkit Bags. Wahoo Bolt for navigation. Lezyne 1600XXL Light. Alpkit Bivvy and a Decathlon Down Jacket in the seat pack.
Name: Paul Dytham
Cap number: 10
Location: Darkest Dorset
Bike: A gravel bike for UK trails: Santa Cruz Highball CC frame, Whisky rigid carbon fork, XT Di2 34 x 11-42, Jones Cut Loop bars, DT391s on DT240s 'cos they're lighter than carbon wheels, Ikon 2.2s
Key items of kit: Revelate tangle bag, feedbag, toptube bag and gastank. Wildcat loop bag and saddle harness. Inov8 backpack for liquid and random crap. Planning a leisurely one with minimal darkness riding so the Gatewood Cape is in and the serious lights are out. Three jackets should be enough; misery often slows me down more than mass.
Name: Mike Cook
Location: Kingston upon Thames
Bike: Brother Mehteh
Key items of kit: SRAM rival 1x set up by G!ro. Wheels hand-built by SeaBass on Hope hubs.
Name: Oliver Young
Cap number: P8
Bike: Orange RX9 RS
Key items of kit: Restrap bags Son dynamo light + Sinewave USB charger Exposure helmet light Garmin 530 Edge Orange frame strap
Name: Darren Orchard
Cap number: 21
Location: Dorchester, Dorset
Bike: 2001 Klein Attitude Race XL frame in Aztec Gold, Mosso Aluminium Forks, Ultegra RX Rear Mech, Shimano 105 11sp Leavers, Shimano M8000 Chainset with matching 4IIII Powermeter, 40t chainring, 40-11 Sun race cassette, KMC Chain, TRP Spyer Disk Brakes, Mason x Hunt 650b Adventure Sport tubeless Wheels, Goodyear Connector Ultimate Tan 650b tyres, Stans Race Sealant, Garmin 530, Raveman PR900 Front Light, 2 x Moon Cirrus rear lights, Selle Italia SLR Superflow Saddle.
Key items of kit: I went cheap! Lifeline rear and frame bags (actually great quality), Apidura top tube bag, Aldi Lightweight sleeping bag (£20), High Peak Minilite Tent, Hightec sleeping mat. No Stove, cup, or plates but I do have a plastic spork! Lets see how this goes......
Name: Rose Carey
Cap number: 52
Location: Bristol, UK
Bike: Marin Nicasio Ridge
Key items of kit: Alpamayo half frame bag, Apidura top tube pack + hydration vest. Lots of rain forecast, I think the mudguard is necessary!
Name: David Elgar
Bike: Trek Roscoe 7
Key items of kit: Vel and Alpkit bags and kit running Shimano Deore groupset