Bikes of GBDURO 2021

Bikes of GBDURO 2021

12 August, 2021

Jair Hoogland

Name: Jair Hoogland

Age: 37 years old

Location: Utrecht, the Netherlands

Cap number: 32

Bike: I'm riding my 2018 Canyon Ultimate CF SL Disc 8.0. It has a Di2 groupset with a 36/52 chainring and 11/32 cassette, 11 speed. DT Swiss wheels and H36 cockpit. I ride without aerobars.

Key items of kit: I've 4 bikepacking bags attached to my bike. First of all a Cyclite Saddle Bag mainly for clothes. An Ortlieb Frame Bag for stuff like tools and electronics, extra space I've left here I stuff up with food. Than a Cyclite Top Tub Bag for more food and an Revelate Mountain Feedbag for even more food. Other than that two liter bidon, one for water, one for sport drinks. I'm not using a bivy but I go to hotels.

Chris Simpson

Age: 36

Location: From Leeds originally, spent too many years in Holland, now living in a big blue van. So wherever that is parked!Currently the UK.

Your bike: Canyon CF SLX - I'm cycling across a few countries, so figured a cross country bike would be the way to go. 100mm travel front and rear, a dropper post for if it gets a bit spicy, Pro Missile TT bars for comfort, and some 55mm Rene Herse Fleecer Ridge Tyres. Sram Eagle drivetrain to help the old knees. 36 tooth chainring upfront. Lezyne lights to help with visibility. Revelate Designs bags keeping everything stashed away. Wahoo Element Roam ( x2 ) for the directions.

Your key items of kit: I'm running the Patagonia MTB Dirt Roamer shorts and liner bibs, they are tried and tested, super comfy and they work. For a ride of this distance, I'm going comfort, not Aero. Also backing that up with their Dirt Roamer waterproof pants and jacket for the British summer weather. A Patagonia Micropuff jacket and gilet to keep things warm and some nano air pants for sleeping in. Sea to Summit Spark SpI bag for sleeping in backed up with Sea To Summit pad and MSR Bivvy. Powerpack to keep the electrics charged up and will also be running a Patagonia Slope Runner 8L trail running backpack with hydration, to help carry a little more food and water when needed. Mainly though, stashing cornish pasties in it. Backpack and bib shorts pockets will carry the spares I hope I won't need, some bits from Wolf Tooth and Crank Brothers in terms of tools. Some spare tubes, tie wraps, gaffer tape, and all the other bits.

Charlie Holden

Age: 29

Location: Cardiff, Wales

Your bike: 2019 Salsa Fargo. 1x SRAM with 36T up front and 11-42 out back. Wheels are from Paul of Porteur in Hove, Brighton.

Your key items of kit: A seat pack for the dry stuff and a home made frame bag for everything else. I run a SON 28 dynamo with an Exposure light set. I wear Albion clothing.

Lewis Clark

Age: 28

Location: West Lothian, Scotland

Your bike: Custom steel frame single speed 29er grav/MTB thing, Jones bars and aero gubbins, slippy slick Schwalbe G-One Speed tyres, Brooks Cambium gooch cooler saddle. Full mudguards.

Your key items of kit: Tarp, bivvy and down sleeping bag liner for the nights. One pair of shorts (rinsed of their sins at each checkpoint). Zoot suit. Mixture of bags from Sturdy Bags (front bag just for food), Custom Merit popcorn bags, Wee Cog frame Bag and a second hand Alpkit saddle bag from the olden days. Navigation by Garmin Edge 530, back up on watch and phone. 60,000mAh worth of battery packs, I'm slow so wont have the time to stop and wait for charging too often. Lights everywhere. Exposure Toro, Joystick and rear light. Extra Moon lights for day time flickering to save battery on the good lights for off road. Capacity for 600ml Whisky. Smidge and midge net.

Mark Beaumont

Age: 38

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland with my wife, 2 daughters Harriet and Willa and our dog Monty

Your bike: My bike is an Argon18 Dark Matter with Shimano GRX Di2 componentry, Pro bars/saddle, and Exposure lights.

Your key items of kit: Apparel is Endura Reiver bib shorts and jersey, Shimano shoes, taking a Vango Hydrogen tent and sleeping bag, the Wahoo is loaded with Komoot mapping and Apidura bags.

Les Brown

Age: 48

Location: Blacklion, Ireland

Your bike: 2015 Specialized Epic WC FSR with Lefty XLR. The bike has 90mm suspension front and back with a 60mm DT Swiss dropper post. The setup rides like a rigid bike when the terrain is smooth but provides comfort when the going gets rough. Wheels are 9th Wave 4-shore 29 beach racing aero rims on DT Swiss 240s hubs with 2.2” Continental Race King Protection tyres. Drivetrain is a 1x 12sp setup using Shimano XT/XTR 32T x 10-51T with SRAM AXS XX1 shifting.

Your key items of kit: Saddle, bar, fuel tank, feed (x2) and frame bags are all Restrap. Hydration is based around a 1.5l water bladder, which sits nicely in the frame bag, with a 1.5l hydrapak bottle reserve strapped to the down tube. For comfort I’ve added a Vuka AXS aerobar to the Whisky riser bars. Navigation is by a Garmin Edge 1030 Plus with backup from a waterproof phone with OS maps on ViewRanger. Lighting is a mix of Knog PWR light with double power bank, Lezyne KTV smart connect rear and a helmet mounted Exposure Joystick. My riding kit comprises of Specialized Pro SL shorts and 2FO shoes with DHB merino short sleeve shirt, arm/leg warmers and socks. In wet weather I’ll be relying on my trusty Alpkit waterproofs and Gore-Tex over gloves. For overnights, I’m carrying a Big Agnes Flycreek 1 tent, a Rab Quantum sleeping bag and a Klymit Inertia skeleton mat.

Lee Brown

Age: 47

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, UK

Your bike: Trek Checkpoint SL7. Sram Force/XX1 etap axs 12 speed groupset, 40t chainring with 10-50 cassette. Bontrager Aeolus Pro 3V Carbon wheels with Panaracer Gravelking SK 43mm tyres set up tubeless. 38cm bars with aero extensions and eTap blip changers. Gold chain because it's faster.

Your key items of kit: Bags - Ortlieb 13 litre drybag fitted to Bontrager MIK lightweight rear rack. Bontrager seat pack, frame and top tube bags. Decathlon food pouches. Sleeping - Sea to Summit Spark down sleeping bag. Therm-a-Rest NeoAir mat. Alpkit bivvy. Navigation and lights: Wahoo Roam using Strava route, with Wahoo Bolt as back up. Also handlebar mounted phone for maps/music/messaging etc. Bontrager Ion Pro and Ion lights, 2x front and 2x back. Recharging by power bank and at cafe stops (good excuse!). Riding kit will be a mix of Santini and dhb, I'm taking a spare set and also comfy clothes for the checkpoints (where I may or may not have spare time?). Other stuff - Trailshot Microfilter water filter, tools, spares, first aid, that's about it.

Jack Williams

Age: 26

Location: Perranporth, Cornwall

Your bike: Kinesis Tripster ATR v3 frame with Halo Vapour GXC 650b wheelset and Rene Herse Juniper Ridge tyres. The drivetrain is a 46/30 chainset and 11-42 cassette with Deore XT derailleurs controlled by Gevenalle GX shifters. Brakes are Paul Klampers and the cockpit is various Ritchey bits.

Your key items of kit: 7 Roads saddlebag, Aiguille Alpine frame and handlebar bag. I'll be sleeping in an OR bivvy and carrying a 3L water bladder. Navigation is with a Garmin Edge 530 and electronics will be recharged with a Dynamo. I'm also bringing my Olympus XA-1 point and shoot.

 Isaac Hudson

Age: 20

Location: Foxton, Leicestershire/Loughborough University 

Your bike: My bike is a Pearson Off Grid equipped with Shimano GRX. I’ve got a 38T Wolf Tooth chainring on the front and an 11-42 cassette on the back. I’m using 700c Parcours Alta wheels with 43mm Gravel King tyres.

Your key items of kit: A lot of my clothing is from Pearson, my favourite bit of kit is their merino jersey. I’ve got a SHAKEDRY and a Patagonia jacket to keep me warm and dry along with extra layers in the Tailfin. Sleeping kit is all in the bar bag. I’m using an Outdoor research helium bivvi with a lightweight inflatable mat and sleeping bag for good recovery. For navigation I’ve got a Wahoo Roam with a Bolt as a back up.

Philippa Battye

Age: 36

Location: In the woods near Bath, UK

Your bike: Mason Bokeh, 700 cc Hunt wheels with SON dynamo hub, SRAM rival build, G-One R tyres.

Your key items of kit: The t-shirt I bought midway through GBDURO 2019 (sentimental innit), bamboo shorts, size 10 Gaerne flippers. Sleeping in OR Helium bivvy, NeoAir mat, down trews and jacket. Navigating with Garmin eTrex, lit up with an Edelux dynamo light, Exposure Toro and Joystick. Fueled on battenburg.

Beth Jackson

Age: 33

Location: Kendal, Cumbria

Your bike: Canyon Inflite AL size 2XS, it's a cross bike pretending to be a gravel bike, but it's light and does the job! Schwalbe G-One all round 34mm tyre at the back, G-one evo 50mm at the front. Specialized Power Mimic saddle.

Your key items of kit: On the bike; I have 'small bike problems' not a lot of space for bags so I've have had to go as light as possible. Bags are a combination of Apidura and Restrap. Sleeping stuff up front, snacks and tools in the middle, spare clothes and stove at the back. Luxury items: a pillow and second pair of shorts! I get cold pretty easily, so I've got plenty of warm layers and a lightweight down jacket. Hopefully the waterproofs will get to stay in the bag!

Issy Hill

Age: 26

Location: Bristol

Your bike: Trek Procaliber 9.6 with Shimano 12 speed, Hope Pro 4 hub and Forus rims, Maxxis 2.2 Ikon tyres.

Your key items of kit: Big thank you for the sponsored kit from Sea To Summit – Evac dry bags, Spark I sleeping bag and some handy stretch loc straps. Sigma Sports for the Wahoo Roam and Universal Colours Chroma coat. Lastly for Veloccino for all the riding kit! All of this will be packed away in an Apidura saddle bag and handle bar bag!

Lucy Walker

Age: 27

Location: Bristol

Your bike: Kona Sutra with SRAM Apex 11 speed, Son dynamo hub and Hutchison tyres.

Your key items of kit: Altura waterproof saddle pack and frame bag, and POD bar bag. Sea To Summit down quilt and Therm-a-Rest NeoAir mattress. Assos shorts to keep my bum happy and a big thanks to Veloccino for the jersey and socks!

George Bramwell

Age: 19

Location: Near Kendal, Cumbria

Your bike: Ribble Gravel SL, Shimano GRX 600, 40tx11-42, Level 40mm Carbon wheels, Schwalbe G-One Bite 45mm with Deda TT bars.

Your key items of kit: My clothes include Rapha Cargo shorts and a Rapha Pro Team Light Weight Gore Tex jacket. Exposure Toro Mk12 front light, Exposure Trace day lights. Sleeping kit includes PHD Minimus sleeping bag, Alpkit Elan hooped bivy bag, Alpkit Cloudbase. Bag are all Apidura: saddle bag, half frame bag, handlebar bag and stem bag.

Edward Milbourn

Age: 43?

Location: Coventry, West Midlands

Your bike: NorthRoad Quest, Shimano GRX, Just Riding Along carbon Monitor wheelset with SON dynamo, Schwalbe G1

Your key items of kit: kLite front light/USB, Wahoo Roam and Garmin Fenix 6 for backup. Seatpack Wildcat harness/dry bag contains sleep kit: RAB Siltarp, OEX bivvy bag, OMM sleeping bag, Alpkit Numo sleeping mat, First aid kit. Bar bag: Wildcat harness/dry bag contains extra food/supplies, spare shorts/jersey, wash kit, electrical kit. One the forks are 2 x PlanetX cargo cage and podsac. Overnight kit / clothes: Arm and leg warmers, base layer, skull cap, full finger gloves, down jacket and hat. Cooking / food: MSR Titan pot + alcohol stove, mug, fuel, matches, tea/coffee stash. Apidura top tube bag: charging/electrical, lock, musette, Snax. Apidura frame pack: waterproof jacket, gilet, head torch, cables, quick access bits (suncream, chammy cream, toothbrush, chain lube!). Apidura down tube bag: spare tubes, pump, C02, tools etc etc.

Jim Higgins

Age: 47

Location: Inverness, Scotland 

Your bike: Mason ISO set up with a Lauf Boost fork, Cane Creek Thudbuster seat post, SRAM AXS Eagle electronic drivetrain with 10-50 cassette, Wolf Tooth Oval Boost 34t chainring, Panaracer 700x50mm Gravel King SK tyres.

Your key items of kit: Dynamo hub paired to a Sinewave Beacon with backup power bank. OR Helium hooped bivy, Sea To Summit SP1 sleeping bag and NeoAir thermoset. Apidura and Straightcut Design bags.

Angus Young

Age: 25

Location: Blandford Forum, Dorset

Your bike: Mason Bokeh 56cm with Shimano Ultegra/XT gearing rolling on Hunt Limitless gravel wheel shod with Teravail Cannonball 42c tyres in durable casing. Finishing kit from Deda but a Canyon VCLS seatpost on top of which is my trusty Brooks B17.

Your key items of kit: Bags are all from Straight Cut Design carrying the usual things. Clothing is all from dhb mostly their Aeron ultra range and also plenty of warm kit as I get cold. Additionally, I went for a tent this year due to anticipating spend a good amount of time stationary at checkpoints.

Sharon Calton

Age: 51

Location: Fornham All Saints

Your bike: Mason ISO, 29” search Hunt wheels with SON Dynamo hub and Sinewave beacon front light and Supernova T3 rear lights. Vitoria Mezcal 2.0 tubeless tyres. Shimano GRX 32 x 42 (will still want for more)

Your key items of kit: Sleep system (going for comfort over weight): Big Agnes hooped bivvy, Exped SynMat Ultra Lite sleeping mat, Sea To Summit Ember Eb1 down quilt, Rab down trousers, Crux Neo down jacket, Sea To Summit inflatable pillow, Therm-a-Rest inflatable pillow (I’m a side sleeper), Nordisk Telemark II (outer only) as a tarp (shared with my pair). Clothes: 2 x Rapha Core Cargo shorts, Rapha vest base layer, sleeveless cycle top, 2 x long sleeve MTB tops, short sleeve MTB top, arm warmers, leg warmers, Rab Filament mid layer, 2 pairs merino socks, 1 pair waterproof socks, 1 pair of compression socks, Gore waterproof trail jacket, Montane waterproof longs, Montane waterproof over gloves, Grip-Grab Fingerless gloves, Northface over gloves, warm skull cap, Shimano GORE-TEX cycle shoes and Kask Mojito helmet. Bits n Bobs: Microfibre towel, Sea To Summit collapsible cup, titanium spork, Sea To Summit head net, Ultra-Sil daypack, toiletries and medication (sadly lots!), lots of ‘Rocktape’ and a spiky massage ball. Slipstream chamois cream, collapsible cup, shared stove (Chris Bower is carrying). Gadgets: Garmin Edge 830, Exposure Diablo helmet light, Exposure Maxx D, Nebula rear lights, 2 small battery packs, charge cables and iPhone. All packed into Apidura fork bags, Apidura bar bag, Apidura food pouch and Tailfin rack and trunk bag.

Chris Bower

Age: 51

Location: Fornham All Saints

Your bike: Mason ISO with Hunt The Search 29er Dyno wheelsets, Shimano GRX chainsets 32 x 42 ( 10 more teeth on the back than last year ). Vittoria Mezcal Graphene 2.0 tyres. Sinewave Beacon front light and inverter. Supernova T3 rear light. Exposure Diablo helmet light. Exposure MaxxD front light. Garmin Edge 830.

Your key items of kit: Tailfin X3 aluminium rack with Tailfin cargo cages and refreshment fulfilment attachments. Tailfin top loader bag. Apidura fork bags on the rack and the front forks. Apidura bar bag sitting on the Mason front condensor rack and held on with Voile rack straps. Sleep system & Nutrition: Blacks Down sleeping bag, Sierra Designs Backcountry Bivvy bag, Therm-a-Rest ultralight sleeping mat, outer portion of a Nordisk Telemark 2.2 tent, Soto Amicus ultralight stealth stove, MSR titanium pot, Sea To Summit collapsible mug, titanium extra long spoon, chlorine tablets Lifestraw water bottle (shame to miss out on all that amazing wild water, but gotta watch out for dead sheep). Gear: dhb base layer, GORE trail t-shirt, Rapha trail jersey, Rapha Cargo bib shorts, Rapha cargo shorts, Rapha arm & leg warmers, Rapha trail shorts, GORE C5 Trail water proof jacket, Montane waterproof trousers, Montane waterproof gloves, Montane ultralight hooded fleece, Crux down jacket, GripGrab race mitts, Kask Mojito helmet. Mozzy repellent, net and coils - I hate mozzies! Antihistamine tablets, Citronella Wilderness wash (can be used neat as mozzy repellant if you're desperate), travel toothbrush & toothpaste, Sudocrem, foil blanket, first aid kit, inner tube, tubeless sealant, Dyna plugs, tyre boot, hex wrenches, spare hangers & spokes. Chain tool, Leatherman, Finish line ceramic wet lube, spare cable, quick links, brake pads and valve cores. Yeah - I'm carrying all the gear 😆.

Stephen Fryer

Age: 60

Location: Cookham, UK

Your bike: Pinarello Grevil with 650b Hunt wheels with Dynamo. Garmin Rally Pedals. Apidura handlebar, half frame, top tube and saddle bags. Small bar extension for handlebar bag to get it away from cables.

Your key items of kit: Rapha cargo shorts (extra pockets are great), merino t-shirts (odour minimisation!), arm warmers, merino base layer, down jacket and waterproof jacket. Northwave spd shoes with sole you can walk miles on if needed! Tarptent Rainbow, Sea To Summit sleeping bag and pillow, Decathlon air pad. Sleeping stuff in handlebar bag. Clothes in saddle bag. Tech stuff in frame bag. Food in top tube bag!

Carl Hopps

Age: 34

Location: Leeds, UK

Your bike: Ribble CGR 725, Hope wheels, Schwalbe G One Bite tyres 45mm, Ritchey WCS 44cm buntano handlebars, Brooks all weather C15 saddle. Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT. Cree 960 light.

Your key items of kit: Bags: Restrap 14L saddle bag, large frame bag, the new Bar pack, x2 stem bags, race musette and fast straps for extra loading. #carryeverything . Gear: OEX bivvy, Naturehike sleeping bag, Klymit X-frame sleeping pad, Uniqlo down jacket, Endura waterproof & gloves, Fizik shoes. Bonus stuff: trigger bell for the sheepies, face cloth buttoned onto the stem bag for the big sweats, led lenser head torch for finding my way to John O Groats.

Jaimi Wilson

Age: 35

Location: Penrith, UK

Your bike: Salsa Warbird, Shimano GRX810, Teravail Cannonballs and Cush core inserts.

Your key items of kit: 7mesh bib shorts, jerseys and Copilot rain jacket (mega rain jacket tbf), Alpkit bivvy, Snug Pack sleeping bag, Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM, Exposure lights Diablo, Ortlieb bikepacking bags and the Tangle Tease for the win.

Claire Stevens

Location: Aussie, living in Southampton

Your bike: My bike is a Curve GMX+ built for me by the amazing Curve Cycling crew in Melbourne, Australia with a few post immigration tweeks from Giro Cycles in Esher, Surrey. It’s name is Gerty. It has the much raved about (and rather wide!) Walmer drop bars, Curve carbon dirt hoops with an SP dynamo and 3” WTB Ranger tyres. SRAM “REagle” componentry top it off. There is a swift parrot on my down tube. These colourful little guys are one of three types of Australian migratory parrot and are critically endangered due to deforestation. My frame and TT bags are custom made from @terra_rosa_gear in Melbourne. The Apidura saddle bag has seen quite a few outings including twice across Australia’s Nullarbor Plain. Lighting is with a Klite dynamoe Bikepacking Ultra, which is awesome when moving or stopped with a great stand light. A Exposure Strada is on my bars for night time hike-a-bike. Navigation is with a Wahoo ELEMNT which will run off the dynamo with spare amps for disco and karaoke from the phone. I have a little watch to wake me up so I can give the phone a sleep too.

Your key items of kit: My sleep system includes a bivvy, sleeping bag and a mat. I have an inflatable pillow so rest time isn’t a sufferfest. I decided to ditch the birdwatching binoculars and camera for this adventure. Not for weight, but to reduce my stoppage time! I will still be looking at views and spotting birds and other creatures from the saddle and can’t wait for that bit. Definitely part of my why! Can’t wait for the adventure! It is going to be Tops!

Emily Harper

Age: 34

Location: Forest of Dean

Your bike: Specialized Epic M carbon hardtail, 175mm truvativ stylo cranks, 36t Blackspire Snaggletooth oval chain ring, Shimano GRX 11 speed drivetrain, XT calipers, 140mm Shimano SLX rotors, 11-46t xt cassette, carbon Roval 28 hole rims, Hope pro 4 hubs, Maxxis Ikon (2.2 front and 2.0 rear) tyres, Spank Vibrocore flared drop bars (440m), Specialized Power Mimic saddle, 60mm Specialized stem, Rockshocks Revelation 100mm brain fork and Token tri bars.

Your key items of kit: Blackburn saddle bag, podsac bar bag, lifeline and alpkit top tube bags, 2 x alpkit stem cell stash bags and a home made frame bag! All secured with many Voile straps. Biking kit: Giro mtb spds, Ale bib shorts, Stolen Goat jersey, arm and leg warmers, Patagonia Houdini thin windproof, Montane GORE-TEX waterproof (for when the heavens really open/ s** t hits the fan!), Kask Protone helmet, sunglasses, Exposure Diablo front and rear lights and Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT (plus spare back up). Sleep system: Alpkit Hunka XL bivvi bag, Rab Alpine pro sleeping bag, Klymit mat, Berghaus down jacket, leggings, t-shirt, buff and merino socks. Food/everything else: Bike repair tools, 2 x Anker 13000mAh power packs, titanium mug, mini titanium stove and gas, 'Mountain Fuel' and 'Summit to Eat' bars/gels/food packs. Sour melon sweets and home made peanut butter/date energy balls and a trowel.

Ben Rickaby

Age: 42

Location: Silsden, West Yorkshire

Your bike: Genesis Fugio 30 (bright orange), Shimano GRX 810/812 1x setup with Wolftooth components 36t chainring. 11-46 xt cassette. Hope Tech enduro 27.5 wheels pro4 rear hub & sp pl-7 front hub powering b&m iq-x front light. 3 X moon rear usb lights. Pirelli cinturato gravel m 45mm tyres (although they measure a bit wider on these rims). Tractor tyres with lots of grip but solid and roll pretty well on tarmac. Set up tubeless. Pro discover wide flare bars &Ppro tharsis 90mm stem. Vision mini TT clip on bars (not aero but at least gives the hands a rest). Thomson seatpost & Selle Italia x-cross SLR saddle.

Your key items of kit: Alpkit bar bag - clothes: Alpkit filoment down hooded jacket, Madison arm/leg warmers, GORE Active rain jacket (nice and reflective & tried & tested on a very wet Transatlantic way race in 2017), GORE-TEX rain hood and Madison rain cap. Endura Nemo rain gloves. Madison 3/4 rain shorts (I'm expecting it to be wet no matter what the weather forecast says!) Smidge head net. Alpkit Big Pappa saddle bag: sleeping kit: Alpkit numo mat (was pondering a lighter Llymit Inertia X frame but opted for comfort) Marmot home alone hooped bivvy. Alpkit 250 ultra light down sleeping bag, merino long Johns and top. Montane shorts & spare pair of socks. First aid kit. MSR pocket rocket stove, 100g gas and 650ml Alpkit titanium mug. Titanium long handle spork and trowel. Alpkit frame bag: electronics - velocharger dynohub usb charger. 10000mAh pass through battery with few charging cables. Black diamond waterproof headtorch. Spare AAA rechargable batteries with charger. Mains plug, 2 x sets Bluetooth headphones. Alpkit hippo Emergency drinking straw. Spare glasses lenses. Alpkit Top tube bags. One with snacks and the other with toiletries, toothbrush painkillers etc. Water sterilisation tablets. Wearing: Pearl Izumi PRO escape jersey (plenty of stretchy pockets). Madison Roam Cargo bibs (plenty of pockets). Endura pro sl gilet (plenty of pockets, windproof and bright orange). Fizik terra X shoes, Merino socks. Madison merino baselayer. (Bright Orange) Genesis Z1 helmet. Madison stealth glasses. Altura high Viz vest. Garmin Edge Explore navigation with Edge 810 as a back up. 2 x 800ml bottles on bike and tool bottle with spare cable, tools, sealant, lube, spare hanger, tubeless dart, CO2 inflator, chain links etc. Packable backpack for food/water. along the way. All the gear but no real idea (and means the bike is a tank) so may be in JOG by Christmas.

Victoria Peel

Age: 24

Location: Barnoldswick, Lancashire

Your bike: My steed for the GBDURO is the Juliana Quincy, finished with Hope Fortus 23 wheels and dusted with all purple Pro4 hubs, RX4+ calipers, cranks, Stem/headset and seatpost clamp with their carbon seatpost. A real dream build!

Your key items of kit: I have Restrap bike bags, Alpkit sleeping equipment and my clothing for the event is supplied by Paria, the brand of my PMRR team kit.

Clare Walkeden

Age: 39

Location: Lichfield, UK

Your bike: Bike: Nukeproof Digger (Factory) Small with Zip Service Course Bars with Profile aero clip on’s with 2 aero bridges for Garmin and light. Groupset: Shimano GRX 800 1 x 11, Wolf Tooth 38t (front) 11-42 (rear). Wheels: Hunt SuperDura with Son Deluxe Dynamo front hub. 700c x 38 Schwalbe G1 all round tubeless. Lights: Exposure race.

Your key items of kit: Bags: Apidura front roll, top tube, snack bag and backloader (17L) Podsacs forkbag and Roswheel (1.5L) frame pack. Tech: Garmin Edge 1030 and Edge 1000 as back up. Anker 20,000 power bank but mainly charging from Dynamo. Sleep / Camp Kit: Mountain Equipment Helium women’s specific sleeping bag, Alpkit Hunka Bivvy and Numo air mat and RAB Siltarp. MSR pocket rocket mini stove kit (in front roll and fork). Key Clothing: Bit of a mish mash but go to’s generally are from DHB, Endura, Attiq and GORE. Main bits are: GORE Shakedry, DHB Aeron bibs (please start making the pull downs again I’m down to my last pair!), Endura SL jersey, mitts, fishnet baselayer and mid weight jacket. PeterStorm packable down jacket and Kora merino base layer. Shoes: Fizik Terra. Helmet: Giro Synthe.

Howard Perkins

Age: 59  (probably one of the oldest??)

Location: Falkirk, Scotland

Your bike: Bike frame is a custom Torragar from Albannach. I then built it up using GRX one by – but am using a Wolftooth 38T chainring and a larger 11-46T cassette. Hunt dynamo wheels with WTB Riddler 45c tyres. Sinewave Beacon for lights and to charge the batteries. eeSilk seatpost – very expensive but worth every penny!

Your key items of kit: I seem to have a lot more bags than other people, but I’ve gone for ease of packing = less faff time rather than having to squeeze everything in. For example, the Ortlieb fork bag has all the tent stuff. Used to be in with the rest of the sleep system but the tent always made the sleeping bag damp. This way everything I need to pitch is in one bag and can pitch in the rain without opening anything else. Switched to a Tailfin rather than a seatpack. Had a large Apidura and getting at stuff during the day was such a pain. Tailfin only arrived yesterday but have high hopes! I use a Henty backpack for a bladder and some bits and bobs for during the day. I like the fact that when you get off the bike and go into a shop, your wallet, face mask etc is all with you. Also gives me some expansion space to stuff food. I’ve attached some pictures.