Bikes of Further Perseverance
25 August, 2022
Curating a kit list for a race with plentiful hike a bike, terrain ranging from tarmac to rock gardens, gradients steep enough to evoke vertigo and storms forecast is no small order. Racers have designed their kit list to be the ultimate compromise between weight and comfort, whilst also considering all the hiking they'll be doing and the rough terrain they'll be riding.
James Hayden described his winning setup in 2020 as light, fast and agile. He also said he didn't go to sleep, he went to race..
Name: Camille McMillan (Further Creator)
Location: Ariège, France
Bike: Sour Pasta Party. Whisky Forks, bars, seatpost and stem. Teravail 29x 2.3 EHLINE TIREs. Ingrid CRS Chainset 32t, 10 - 52t cassette. Magura brakes. Post front and flat mount rear. Hunt Wheels Son dynamo 32 spoke wheels
Key items of kit: Restrap luggage. Tick key on forks.
Name: Mark Schmid
Bike: Brompton CHPT3 bike.
Key items of kit: Backpack to pack the folded bike into for hike a bikes. Stove.
Name: Iona Tulloch
Location: Perth, Scotland
Bike: Specialized Diverge with Shimano GRX 1x11 38 x 11-42t with 700 x 42m tyres.
Key items of kit: Sleep setup is a bivvy bag, sleeping bag and mat. Wahoo for nav and all the food I need for the first day. Important items are my trail running shoes for hiking and my Klättermussen 10L waterproof backpack with water bladder.
Name: Quinda Verhuel
Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Bike: Sour Pasta Party, Hope Tech 3 brakes, SRAM GX 30 x 11-52t. Teravail Ehline 29x2.3 tyres, Fox 100m travel forks, Dynamo hub and Ergon GA3 grips.
Key items of kit: Custom Traevel roll-top frame pack with an Apidura Backcountry handlebar bag and two top tube packs. Klite light and Garmin Edge 830. Sleeping kit is an emergency blanket, groundsheet, half mat and a silk liner. Bell on handlebars.
Name: Pete James
Location: Toulouse, France
Bike: Cube Access GTC carbon hardtail MTB. Stans rims, Conti Race King Pro tyres, Reba 120mm fork and Thomson dropper.
Key items of kit: Blackburn tailbag, Decathlon mini panniers and stem bag, Oxsitis trail running pack with 2l bladder and inline Sawyer filter (thanks for the tip James). Inov-8 proshell waterproof jacket.
Name: Philippa Battye
Location: Wiltshire, England
Bike: Mason Bokeh, SRAM Rival, 650b Hunt wheels with Vittoria Terrano Dry 47m. 38t x 11-42t SRAM.
Key items of kit: Exposure Toro, Garmin eTrex and Quad lock. Poles, crampons, maybe a rope.
Name: Max Riese
Location: Salzburg, Austria
Bike: I am riding my Cervélo Aspero-5. It is a super light, race geometry gravel bike, fitted with a mix of SRAM Red and GX Eagle AXS components. A 36t Chainring and and 10-50t cassette should bring me up a lot before I have to walk. Small Ritchey Aero Bars to speed down the valleys and Brooks Saddle for maximum comfort!
The setup is optimised to be stable and fast for the hike-a-bikes.
Key items of kit: I am riding a full set of Ortlieb bags. The QR Saddlebag gets it's first race test and holds my 7mesh rain gear (Rebellion Jacket and Thunder Pants) and insulated jacket (Outflow Primaloft) as well as a bivvy bag. My K-Lite dynamo setup with Revolution wheels, Bikepacker Pro V2 front light and safety qube plus USB Charger will keep my devices alive and let me see wide and clear. Quoc GT II shoes for my feet to be happy and Wahoo Bolt for navigation. Not much, but just what you need!
Name: James Craven
Location: Bristol, England
Bike: Cannondale FSI 29 hardtail and Pacenti Forza-C wheels.
Key items of kit: Strap to carry bike.
Name: Josh Ibbett
Location: In a hut (Refuge du Ruhle)
Bike: Mason Bokeh with Hunt 25 Carbon Gravel Race wheelset, ReneHerse 48mm tyres, custom, Tailfin frame pack and race rear pack. Shimano GRX Di2 2x groupset.
Key items of kit: Albion Zoa Rain Shell, Albion lightweight insulated jacket, RAB Bivvi bag with silk liner.
Name: Ingeborg Oie
Bike: Velocite Flux, Lauf fork, Venn Enduro 32h wheels (built by DCR Wheels) w/ SON 28 & Bitex MTR12 hubs, Sapim CX-Ray, Schwalbe Thunder Burt 2.1" front, Panaracer Gravel King 50mm rear, Garbaruk 36t oval x 10-50, YBN SLA-H11-TIG waxed, Shimano GRX Di2 right shifter, XT rear mech w/Garbaruk long cage, Crankbros Candy pedals, K-Lite dynamo light & inverter and Shimano SLX 4/2 piston calipers
Key items of kit: Look Restrap top tube bag, Apidura seat pack, any old pipelagging for extra comfort when carrying the bike on the shoulder, Outentic Bike Module backpack for extra comfort when carrying the bike over longer distances. Sleeping system: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir sleeping mat, waterproof down jacket, down trousers, thermal socks (I get cold feet) and Montbell Tyvek bivvy bag. Other comforts: Albion burner. Waterproof overmitts. A mosquito net.
Name: Mark Whittaker
Bike: Santa Cruz Highball, Fox 32 Forks, Ritchey WCS finishing kit, Shimano XTR brakes and SRAM AXS Drivetrain. Roval SL wheels wrapped with Maxxis Ikons.
Key items of kit: Tailfin Aeropack on the rear, Salsa Anything cradle and bag up front. Apidura frame bag and stem pouch.
Name: Tony Gregoire
Location: Marseille, France
Bike: Canyon Grail CF SL eTap Rival SRAM. Tyres: 40mm.
Key items of kit: Water bag + tube from Salomon, Ortlieb bags x2, Geosima bag. Front light: Lezyne 1100xl. Rear light/additional light: Petzl Core. Cap: Ciele. Water: Lidlock. GPS: Garmin Edge 530.
Name: Neil Phillips
Bike: S-Works Diverge.
Key items of kit: Restrap Race bags & secret prototype. Hope R4 lights. Sleeping bag, mat, down jacket and waterproof. Option to take Albion pertex jacket & waterproof trousers (decide the night before). Trail shoes for walking, S-Works Recon shoes for pedalling.
Pablo Wünsch Blanco
Name: Pablo Wünsch Blanco
Location: Basel, Swizterland
Bike: Arc8 Evolve. Same hardtail I used this year for the HOPE1000... love it!!! ...32 Stepcast, XT, XR1501, RaceKings, ... Pretty much same set up but this time with a 32 ring up front.
Key items of kit: ... a very old Garmin eTrex 20 that has been in all my adventures the last 7 years.
Raoul de Jongh
Name: Raoul de Jongh
Location: Girona, Spain
Bike: ACME CAM titanium frame, Force / X01 Mullet, South Industries XC wheels. Maxxis Aspen 2.4 front and Maxxis Rekon Race 2.25 rear. Specialized Power saddle
Key items of kit: Apidura Bags, Apidura Hydration pack, Extreme Lights front light and a sense of humour.
Name: Michel Kaden
Location: Berlin, Germany
Bike: 8bar Mitte Steel v2
Key items of kit: Ortlieb bags, Restrap top tube bag, Sigma lights. Garmin Edge 530 for navigation, Bahidora sleeping mat and bell!
Name: Simon Rosmolen
Location: Dutch living in France Alps (Puy Saint Vincent)
Bike: Open W.IDE. Sram Eagle 11x52 at the back and 38t in the front, 45mm Schwalbe G-One Bite tyres and Ritchey components.
Key items of kit: Packs filled with Victus nutrition, sausage & fromage
Name: Rich Rothwell
Location: Morpeth, Northumberland
Bike: Trek Top Fuel full sus.
Key items of kit: Albion Zoa rain jacket, Albion cargo shorts, Albion insulated jacket, Dissent 133 gloves, Montane Minimus waterproof pants, Spoked UK seat harness and custom top tube bag, RAB bivvy and sleeping bag, Hunt Beyond XC dynamo wheelset with Exposure Revo light.
Name: Pete Crawforth
Location: Sheffield, UK
Bike: Santa Cruz Chameleon 29er with Just Riding Along Monitor 29 wheelset.
Key items of kit: Outdoor research Helium bivvi bag and Alpkit 200 down sleeping bag.
Name: Ben Richmond
Bike: Gary Fischer cyclocross steel bike with cantilever brakes and Shimano 3x8speed! Hutchinson Touareg tyres.
Key items of kit: Restrap packs but have kept the frame triangle free to shoulder the bike on hikes.
Name: Steven White
Bike: Mason Bokeh with Hunt 4 Season Gravel wheels 700c x 42m. Shimano Ultegra Di2 48-31 x 11-34t. Dynamo hub.
Key items of kit: Down jacket and waterproof jacket in backpack. Sleeping kit includes an extra long Therm-a-Rest mat, SOL emergency bivvy. Three inner tubes because I have bad luck with tubeless! Exposure Blaze rear light and front lights are a Blackburn and a running headtorch. Quad lock and Wahoo ELMNT ROAM.
Name: Nick Dokman
Location: Zwolle, Netherlands
Bike: DERAES, SRAM Force Axs 1x12 with 36 / 10-44t, Wheels: FFWD Drift. Tyres: Panaracer GravelKing 700x43.
Key items of kit: Bags: RevelateDesign saddlebag, Restrap framebag and The Fast Riders x Detour handlebar bag.
Voile straps and duct tape ;)