Bikes of GranGuanche Audax Gravel 2023

Bikes of GranGuanche Audax Gravel 2023

18 March, 2023

The 700km route goes by fast gravel roads and secondary paved roads while avoiding rocky singletrack or sandy sections. It's open to any kind of bike, but the organizers recommend gravel bikes with low gearing and a minimum of 40mm tires. You will see from the submissions that the balance between speed, weight and comfort has resulted in a range of bikes with tyre choice being of particular interest and importance. Also considering the lack of natural water sources on the islands, the riders will have to rely on establishments and have the capacity to carry resources over distance.

Aleix Mayor

Name: Aleix Mayor

Age: 33

Cap number: 142

Location: CALDERS


Key items of kit: Apidura 1,5 top tube; Apidura 4,5 frame bag; Apidura 14 saddle bag; 38-44 transmsion; 45 mm pirelli cinturato M gravel; DT Swiss rims; Sram Xplr AXS; SQ LAB saddle 612R Carbon.

Marcin Grudzinski

Name: Marcin Grudzinski

Age: 44

Cap number: 216

Location: Cracow (Poland)

Bike: Specialized Diverge 2021 S-Works Sram eTap 40T/10-50 Tires Specialized Fast Track 650x2.1"

Key items of kit: For clothes: Tailfin rack For food: Revelate Design Mag Tank 2000 + Pedaled Vest Cocpit: Routewerks, DJI Osmo, Hammerhead Karoo2, Armytek PrimeC2

Damian McGoohan

Name: Damian McGoohan

Age: 40

Cap number: 160

Location: Donegal, Ireland

Bike: Rose BACKROAD Force eTap AXS. XPLR 1x12 groupset 40/10-44t. René Herse Hurricane Ridge 700x42c tubeless tyres on Rose GC FORTY Gravel wheels. Total weight with rig: 14kg.

Key items of kit: I’m going with Apidura’s racing 7L saddle pack, their race frame and handlebar packs and their stem pouch. I’ll put jacket, gilet, arm and leg warmers in the saddle bag. Rain jacket and sun cream in the handlebar bag for quick access and everything else in the frame pack. The stem pouch will be reserved for snacks. I also have the Apidura Packable Musette strapped to the frame for food shop supplies on the go.

Garmin 1040 Solar for navigation. For lights I’ve got CatEye Volt 1700 front light x 2 and a CatEye 450 rear light. 20,000 power bank to recharge with loads of cables.

I’ve got a 950ml and 750ml bottle on the frame and also a 500ml soft flask. Puffer jacket for warmth. I've decided to ditch the bivy setup to save on weight and I'll just take an inflatable pillow from Alpkit and an emergency foil. This is my first attempt at a multi-day bike event so I’m going in with little expectations.

Gabi Winck

Name: Gabi Winck

Age: 60

Cap number: Cap#231

Location: Brixen, South Tyrol, Italy

Bike: Trek Procaliber 9.8, Carbon, IsoSpeed, Fork: Fox Performance 32, Boost110; Retractable seatpost: Fox Racing Transfer SL Factory; Crank: e*thirteen TRS Race Carbon, 30T; Cassette: Shimano XT M8100, 9-50, 12-speed; Brakes: Shimano Deore XT M8100 hydraulic disc; Bontrager RSL Integrated handlebar; Wheel front: XM 421 - DT Swiss, Hub Dynamo: SON 28; Wheel rear: Bontrager Kovee Elite 30 Carbon, Tubeless Ready; Tyre: Vittoria mezcal III 29’’x 2,25’’; Saddle: ISM PL1.; Syntace Aerobar.

Key items of kit: BAGS: I hope that in the end I don't carry too many things to in the Tailfin AeroPack Carbon, 1 Tailfin mini pannier, top tube bag Cyclite, Jones H-Bar® Pack, Apidura packable backpack; Revelate Designs Gas Tank, Revelate Designs Mountain Feedbag Handlebar Bag; Apidura racing hydration vest. Two Tailfin Cargo Cages mounted on the suspension fork.

GEAR HIGHLIGHTS: Front light is a SON Edelux II powered by a Son 28 dynamo and on my helmet: Lupine Piko; rear lights are Bontrager flare RT and Lupine Rotlicht Max LED. Battery chargers are NC-17, Connect APPCON 3000; mini pump: Lezyne Micro Floor Drive. I also hope that I find my way safely north with my Garmin Edge 1030 Plus. I want to dream for a few (or more?) hours in my MSR Pro Bivy, Therma-a-Rest NeoAir mat and I still have to choose between these two sleeping bags, which I will do at short notice depending on the weather forecast: either CumulusX-Lite 400 or Yeti/ Passion One (350g)... and last but not least that my seat bones are not too strained on my saddle ISM PL 1.1 in my beloved cycling shorts Skinfit tri shorts and Assos half shorts. As always- no matter about the weight: As my lucky item I absolutely have to bring my little scuffed white BEAR with me, who accompanied me on the Atlas Mountain Race, GBDuro, NorthCape4000 and Three Peaks Bike Races, among others.

Johannes Schneider

Name: Johannes Schneider

Age: 41

Cap number: 184

Location: Germany (Munich)

Bike: I’ll ride my Canyon Inflite CF SLX. For Badlands I mounted a 1x12s SRAM Eagle X01 groupset, a 38T chainring and a 10/52 cassette. I will use Reynolds wheels fitted with tubeless Schwalbe G-One Bite tires. Personally, I would like to go with 45mm wide tires, but I can only fit 40mm in the back. During the night, I rely on Lupine in the front and the rear.

Key items of kit: I use the Apidura 7L Racing Saddle Bag for clothing and sleeping, the Apidura 1L Racing Top Tube Bag for food on-the-go and a Dyed in the Wool Custom Frame Pack for extra food, hygiene essentials and electronics. After attempting the route of Badlands 2021 with a bigger and heavier configuration, my current setup provides enough space for this adventure.

My two favorites are a lightweight bivvy bag that contains a mesh to keep biting midges away and DMR pedals with 3d printed bumpers (shoutout to my mate Martin) that match my shoe for extra support.

Nick Fowell

Name: nick Fowell

Age: 51

Cap number: 159

Location: Letterkenny

Bike: Ridley Kanzo Adventure ,Sram Rival AXS XPLR 1x12sp, Vittoria Mezcal 700x44. Wahoo Roam with power bank. Lights BBB StrikeDuo 2000 X 2 plus helmet light. Bags - Restrap + Moosetreks stem bag.

Key items of kit: Precision hydration 1500 Tabs.

Johann Kristan

Name: Johann Kristan

Age: 30

Cap number: 196

Location: Germany

Bike: I’m riding a Rose Psycho Path 3 Hardtail MTB. Although I have a gravel bike. The low gearing and more comfort made me choose the hardtail. It come with a Sram GX Eagle 10-52 cassette and 32 in the front. I chose the Vittoria Mezcal tires 2.2“. I added profile design aero bars which also carry my Supernova battery light and Wahoo gps computer. The bags are from Cyclite. I especially like the aero bar bag.

Key items of kit: I’m bringing a full sleeping kit (Exped sleeping pad, OR Helium Bivy ans Cummulus 150 quilt) to spend most of the nights outside.

Berno van der Wal

Name: Berno van der Wal

Age: 43

Cap number: 140

Location: Netherlands

Bike: Canyon Grizl CF SL Frame

Key items of kit: Canyon S15 VCLS 2.0 CF Seatpost 11 speed 11-50 Sunrace Cassette 38 Wolftooth 11 speed FFWD Outlaw AM 650b carbon wheelset with DT Swiss 240 hubs GRX810 brakes with Shimano RT-MT900 160 WTB Tire Venture 650b x 47 Road Plus TCS (tubeless) Ritchey WCS Venturemax 44 handlebar Cycology Wisdom handlebar tape Canyon/Apidura Toptube bag Wolftooth roll-top bag (mechanics) Wahoo Roam

For Granguanche: Profile Design Aerobar Ricoh GRIII camera Agu snack pack (2) Ortlieb handlebar pack 15L Ortlieb frame pack 6L Ortlieb cockpit bag Ortlieb saddlebag 16.5 Saddlebag stabilzer (with two bottle mounts) Outdoor Research Helium Bivy Sea to Summit - Spark SpO Sea to Summit - Ultralight Mat Cocoon silk liner Leatherman signal knive Powerbank

Jonas Junk

Name: Jonas Junk

Age: 25

Cap number: 166

Location: Düsseldorf, Germany

Bike: Specialized Diverge, GRX 600 Drivechain with 11-42 cassette (ultra-wide range), DT Swiss G540 wheelset, G-ONE R 45 Tubeless Tires

Key items of kit: Restrap Toptube & Saddle Bag, AGU Frame Bag, Evoc Hydration Vest, Lights: Gloworm G2.0, Sofirn HS20, Garmin Varia, Navigation: Wahoo Element Bolt V2, Powerbank, Emergency Blanket

Isabelle Scheyltjens

Name: Isabelle Scheyltjens

Age: 33

Cap number: 143

Location: Belgium

Bike: Open WI.DE.

  • Groupset: SRAM Force AXS mullet build, 38T chainring, 10-50 cassette

  • Wheels: 650B with Schwalbe Thunder Burt 2.1"

  • Name: Wile E.

Key items of kit: - Handlebar pack: Ortlieb, 9L

  • Framebag: Miss Grape, Internode 5 waterproof, 5L
  • Top tube bag: Apidura, 2L
  • Saddle bag: Revelate Designs, Terrapin 14L
  • Snack bags: Revelate Designs
  • Front light: Exposure Lights, Toro MK13
  • Back light: Lezyne, Strip Drive Pro
  • Sleep setup: bivi bag (Trekmates, Dew Point), mat (Thermarest, Neoair Uberlite), sleeping bag (Cumulus, X-Lite 200)

Stephanie Julia Winkler

Name: Stephanie Julia Winkler

Age: 33

Cap number: 187

Location: Munich, Germany

Bike: Bike: Kona Rove ST 2020 Specifications: SRAM 11-42t with 38t X-Sync chainring Add-Ons: Allygn rack, Tailfinn AeroPack Cockpit: Profile Design Supersonic Ergo 45/25c with 40mm risers Tires: Specialized Pathfinder Pro 27,5"

Key items of kit: Bags: AeroPack, Maap X Apidura Frame Bag, Apidura Top Tube Bag, Ultralight drybag Sleep System: OR Bivy, Ultralight mat, Down sleeping bag Lights: Lupine Piko with 6.9 Ah Smart Core, Knog Blinder Rear Light Water: 750ml Elite Fly, Evoc Hydro Pro 1,5l Navigation: Wahoo Elemnt Roam


Name: Demian

Age: 36

Cap number: 161

Location: London

Bike: Specialized Diverge E5 comp 1x

Key items of kit: Shimano GRX drive train, Praxis crankset, Shimano Ultegra chain, HUNT 4 season wide wheels, WTB Raddler 44mm tubeless set up, TopPeak CubiCubi light, Garmin Edge 1000, TopPeak saddle bag, ApiduraXMAAP frame bag, Apidura hydration vest.

Simon Alvarez Belon

Name: Simon Alvarez Belon

Age: 23

Cap number: 202

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Bike: I'll be riding through Canarias on my Fairlight Secan 2.5 steel rig built up with Joergen from Parallel Handbuilt in the Netherlands.

The bike runs a SRAM Rival AXS Wide transmission, DT Swiss rims holding 47mm Terravail Cannonballs, Hope RS4 hub out back, and out front a SON hub powering a K-lite MTB light set and USB charger, Brooks C15 Saddle, Ritchey Venturemax handlebar, Cane Creek eeSilk Compliance Seatpost. The idea behind the setup is comfort and fun on long mixed-terrain rides like this one.

Key items of kit: The highlight of my kit has to be the custom-made frame and stem bags, created by my friend (and basically ultra-coach) Leanne Bentley from @carrie.gere . The frame bag is modular and for a while I was thinking of bringing the full-frame version but managed to keep things more minimal, opening up room for water storage.

Other notable items: Garmin 530 for navigation. Decathlon saddlebag and Revelate Designs Harness paired with a Sea to Summit compression sack holding my sleeping bag, pad, and a Black Diamond Bivy. I'll also be taking an Olympus XA2 camera to get dreamy shots of el Teide.

Jonny Pillar

Name: Jonny Pillar

Age: 32

Cap number: 189

Location: London, UK

Bike: Bike: Enigma Escape

Gearing: SRAM AXS Eagle Mullet 38x 10-52t

Wheels: Mason x Hunt 650b with tubeless 48mm Rene Herse Juniper Ridge tyres. Plenty of knobbles but still speedy enough for the rolling over those roads down to the ferry

Key items of kit: Bags: Tailfin Cargon Rack for all bulky kit, Tailfin Downtube Pack for all the emergency kit, Apidura frame bag for quick grab kit, 2l Camelback Chase hydration pack for the main source of water and 2x Apidura food pouches for all the Haribo.

Sleep: Hotels but also got a small bivie and sleeping bag for those few hours waiting for ferries

Lights: Exposure Strada, Joystick and Blaze

Navigation: Garmin 1040

Food: Haribo, everything you can find in petrol stations and emergency Styrkr bars just in case

Lucky Item: My 10+ year old merino Buff that has been travelled all the way round the world with me.

Nicolas Plaisant

Name: Nicolas Plaisant

Age: 51

Cap number: 204

Location: Marseille FRANCE

Bike: Cyfac exostiff

Key items of kit:

Calvin Okeeffe

Name: Calvin Okeeffe

Age: 50

Cap number: #219

Location: London, Kent

Bike: Ribble Collective CGR SL

Key items of kit: Shimano XTR - GRX Di2 Coefficient RR gravel bars Bontrager Aeolus Pro Wheelset Maxxis Rambler Tyres Restrap Race bags

Krzysztof Miłosz

Name: Krzysztof Miłosz

Age: 33

Cap number: 222

Location: Gdansk, PL

Bike: Giant Revolt Advanced 0 2022 Gear 38t + 11/50t

Key items of kit: Bags and Water: Topeak Bacloader 6l, JackPack FrameBag 2,7l, Topeak Fastfuel + Camelbak bootles 0,5+0,7 and Camelbak backpack 1,5l

Electronics: B&M lifghts, SON dynamo hub, Garmin Edge 1030 plus, TP Link powerbank 10k

Sleep System: Bivi, sleeping bag

Clothing: Pedaled merino shirt + merino base layer, Assos bibs, waterproof/windstopper Endura jacket

Bastian Boss

Name: Bastian Boss

Age: 40

Cap number: #199

Location: Berlin

Bike: Jerónimo Sfarrapa Steel Frame (Reynolds 853) with Carbon fork, Shimano GRX/Gabaruk 11-50, Zipp 303s with Maxxis Rambler 700x50c, Brooks C17 saddle

Key items of kit: Bags: Blackburn, Restrap & Jurassic Park Tours Snack BarPack

Water: 1,5l hydration bladder in framebag + 2 x 0,7 bottles on fork.

Electronics: Lupine Bilka head light, power bank, Wahoo Elemnt BoltV2 GPS.

Sleep System: Cumulus Lightline 200, Alpkit Bivvi bag.

Peter Nedelcev

Name: Peter Nedelcev

Age: 36

Cap number: 237

Location: Northern Ireland

Bike: Ridley Kanzo Adventure, Roval Terra EVO wheelset, 47c Teravail Cannonball tyres. 1x11 GRX/Garbaruk mash up (44 x 10-50 cassette) no doubt ill pay for the gear choice!!!

Key items of kit: For luggage 6L Topeak backloader, 4L Rockbros frame bag, Apidura top tube bag and bar poch for snacks. Light sleeping systems at the front of bars and finaly Exposure Torro and Axis for headlight.

Peter Levenspiel

Name: Peter Levenspiel

Age: 52

Cap number: 179

Location: UK

Bike: Fara F/Gravel with 1 x Ekar

Key items of kit: The bike! And the Fara bag system, perfect luggage solution. Lightweight and tuff!

Bastian Mensing

Name: Bastian Mensing

Age: 35

Cap number: 158

Location: Fritzens, Austria

Bike: Canyon Grizl CF SL 7 eTap

Key items of kit: -SRAM Rival XPLE eTap

  • Crank 40t | Casette 10-44
  • DT Swiss G1800 spline with Continental TerraTrail 40c Wheels
  • Profile Design T2+ Aerobar
  • Garmin Edge 1040 Solar
  • Apidura Expedition Saddle, Handlebar, BoltOn Top Tube abs Tall Frame Pack
  • Apidura Hydration Vest
  • Apidura Cargo Cages
  • Keego 750ml (2times)

Mikee Lonergan

Name: Mikee Lonergan

Age: 47

Cap number: #167

Location: Wexford Ireland

Bike: GT Grade kitted with Sram Axs gearing 2x 43/30 with 36/10 cassette. Curve Hoops on Teravail Washburns 42mm.Old reliable Brooks cambium C17.

Key items of kit: Restrap Roll Sleepsystem- sierra Designs Back Country Bivvy with Thermarest Neoair Matt.Hooded Down Jacket. Tail end- Tailfin Aeropack/Trunkbag Cockpit- Miss Grape Node Bag / Feedbag Lights - Helmet mount Silva 5X Knog Blinder 600/ Exposure TracerR

Emeterio Suarez Guerra

Name: Emeterio Suarez Guerra

Age: 47

Cap number: 148

Location: Tenerife, Spain

Bike: Jeronimo 3716T titanium

Key items of kit: Bike: Jeronimo 3716T titanium, Shimano GRX groupset 30-46t x 11-42t, Panaracer 47c tires.

Repair Kit: multitool, spare tube, tubeless kit, chain link, chain lube.

Bags and Water: Columbus frame bag, chinese handlebar two bags, Blackburn top tube bag. 2 litres water capacity.

Electronics: Garmin 1030 navigation, 5000 mAh power bank, Bontrager front and rear light, Petzl frontal head light, headphones…

Sleep System: Emergency bivy bag, sleeping in hotels and ferrys.

Clothing: Base layer, mid layer, waterproof jacket, down jacket and gloves.

Tim Skilton

Name: Tim Skilton

Age: 56

Cap number: #218

Location: Coín Malaga España

Bike: Angel Pro Gravel Shimano GRX Di2 2x 48/31-11/42. Wheels Zipp303. Saddle Fizik Argo Adptive 3D. Handlebars FSA A Wing AGX

Key items of kit: Restrap saddle/ Top Tube/ Handlebar bags. Sigma front light with separate battery and USB port and handlebar remote. Blackburn rear light and composite bottle cages. Elite 2x950ml light bidons.

Julie Harster

Name: Julie Harster

Age: 33

Cap number: 170

Location: Lausannne, Switzerland

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 7L saddle bag. Camelbak chase vest due to framebag taking up bottle space 😅. Supernova mini pro B54 lights. Wahoo ELMNT Bolt. Pre-cut Kinesio tape for my knee.

Jonas Michalzik

Name: Jonas Michalzik

Age: 31

Cap number: 200

Location: Hamburg

Bike: STEVENS PRESTIGE Aluminium frame, GRX600/800 groupset, 46/30t x 34t-11t gearing, SCHWALBE Ultrabite 45mm TL setup

Key items of kit: Bags: Apidura bags (saddle bag, frame bag, fork bags) + Top-Tube bag & Snack pack

Water capacity: 2x 0.75l bottles + Camelback Chase vest 1.5l

Equipment: Garmin navigation, Sigma Buster front light, powerbanks


Name: Tobi

Age: 37

Cap number: 137

Location: Heidelberg Germany

Bike: Mason Bokeh 56cm

Key items of kit: Shimano brakes and gearing (min 31 / 40 - max 48 / 11) Parts are a mix: hope, dt Swiss, panaracer (TL), syntace, ritchey, sqlab. Bags mainly Apidura Navigation elemnt roam Weight is ~18+ kg with bottles filled. I am not in a hurry though :-)

Dave Smith

Name: Dave Smith

Age: 56

Cap number: 242

Location: Girona

Bike: On One Space Chicken Coefficient Cycling AR bars Enduro bearings GRX/Dura Ace groupset Hunt wheels Hutchinson Tundra 45/40 tyres Vittoria airliners 38x11-46 Look pedals

Key items of kit: Roswheel and POD bags.

Sleep: ride until tired, sleep where available - Alpkit Hunka XL, Alpkit Pipedream 200, Alpkit cloud-base mat

Food: Maurten and Haribo for stage one, scavenging in gas stations and bars thereafter

Tools: multitool, inner tube, mini pump, patches, zip ties, Swiss army knife

Riding gear: Castelli everything, Lake shoes

Clothing: L/S merino, puffer jacket, arm warmers, leg warmers

Electronics: Hammerhead K2, Exposure Toro 7 front light, See.Sense Icon3 rear light, power bank, ear buds.

Lukasz Ugarenko

Name: Lukasz Ugarenko

Age: 40

Cap number: 194

Location: Poland

Bike: Rondo Ruut CF2 with custom carbon wheels from Dandy Horse Wheels, 40mm pirelli cinturato gravel mixed, 32T chainring and 10-46 cassette.

Key items of kit: Apidura racing set (small one) for food, clothes and spare parts and in addition I will have dynafit alpine 12 backpack for hydration and some more food. Garmin 1030 for navigation, Knog PWR Trail and 2x Knog Plus for light.

Enrico Comunello

Name: Enrico Comunello

Age: 57

Location: Italy

Bike: Open UP

Key items of kit: Open up with Sram force. Wheels fulcrum, pirelli tires, saddle fizik, Thomson accessories, all bags miss grape.

Christopher Hall

Name: Christopher Hall

Age: 33

Cap number: 182

Location: Peak District

Bike: I’m riding my trusty and well tested Cervélo Áspero5! This bike and I have now done about 5 ultras together and many long distance bikepacking trips with mates. It’s built up with a mix of Shimano GRX and XTR Di2 with a 40 tooth chainring on the front and 11-46 on the rear. The wheels come from Reserve, their 32 GR and I’ve chosen to ride 40mm Schwalbe G-One R tyres for this one.

Key items of kit: All of the bikepacking bags come from Tailfin. I’m choosing a much more lightweight setup to what I would usually have which will be interesting for sure. I’m using a mix of rechargeable lights and for sleep I’ve got a down jacket, leg warmers, an air mat, emergency bivy and a little inflatable pillow just incase I get caught out but I’m hoping to try and use hotels as much as I can for this one. I’m carrying a gopro to film my journey and a disposable camera. I did this for atlas mountain race and loved the challenge of only using it so thought I’d do it again.

Dominique Laliberté

Name: Dominique Laliberté

Age: 31

Cap number: 171

Location: Montreal

Bike: Marinoni Sterrato frame set (Made in Quebec) Teravail 47x700 tires Shimano GRX 810 Groupset with 11-46 SLX Cassette (adapter with Wolftooth DM Link) Hunt 4 Season Disc Alloy Wheelset with front SON Dynamo Edelux II front light Redshift stem

Key items of kit: Fun snack pouch by Gabang and a mix of Ortlieb and Apidura for saddle, top tube and front bags! Atwater frame bag.

Dalila Lecky

Name: Dalila Lecky

Age: 34

Cap number: 190

Location: London, United Kingdom

Bike: Canyon Grizl CF SL upgraded with Shimano GRX Di2 Tyre of choice 45mm Schwalbe G-One Bite

Key items of kit: Apidura x Canyon Saddle Pack and Frame Pack Sea to Summit Spark Sp0 sleeping bag SOL Escape Lite Bivvy Apidura Racing Hydration Vest 2 x Boompods PowerBook X10 power banks Rapha Insulated Gore-Tex Jacket

I accidentally left my handlebar pack and main front light back in the UK so we're just going to gloss over the not-so-perfect solutions I've had to go with on that front, but fingers crossed my spare front light lasts through the nights otherwise there will be some impromptu stops to recharge.

Iván Diego Arroyo

Name: Iván Diego Arroyo

Age: 42

Cap number: 226

Location: Cantabria, Spain

Bike: Orbea Terra 2019 M31-D SRAM Rival (40t AbsolutBlack Oval + 11-46) Saddle: Prologo Dimension AGR Handlebar: Ritchey VentureMax WCS 44cm Carbon wheels + Specialized Pathfinder Pro 38t tires

Key items of kit: Repair Kit: multitool, tubeless kit, chain link, chain lube, spare pad.

Bags and Water: handlebar bag, frame bag, saddle bag. 1950ml water capacity.

Electronics: Garmin 530 navigation, power bank, camera, 1200 lumen light.

Sleep System: who knows...

Clothing: Gobik base layer and mid layer. OS2O waterproof, down jacket and SHIMANO ME5 shoes.

Instagram profile: @ivandiegoa

Timo Rusteberg

Name: Timo Rusteberg

Age: 31

Cap number: 157

Location: Göttingen, Germany

Bike: Never change a running system. Even if it is exaggerated for the tour, I continue to rely on my Cube reaction GTC one in size XXL. It is lightweight and the reliability has already proven itself in several races. With the custom 2×11 XT DI2 drivetrain it now offers over 665% range and gives enough speed for the flat sections. I’m using Vittoria Mezcal 2.25″ tires on wide Ibis 941 rims with Magura MDR-P brake rotors. The remaining components were changed for Pro Tharsis parts.

Key items of kit: The centre of my bag setup is a custom frame bag from Merit Gear. To be able to use as much of my equipment as possible, I have changed my setup to Tailfin and Cyclite and use the basic framework of aero bag, top tube, and aero rack from road bike to MTB. My personal favorite is the aero cockpit from Profile Design with the Lupine lights and the integration of aero elements into the MTB world.

Joëlle Krahlisch

Name: Joëlle Krahlisch

Age: 33

Cap number: 198

Location: Göttingen Germany

Bike: The rose backroad offers a super base out of the box in the SRAM Force mullet version. The X01 derailleur was expanded by a 10-52 cassette. Otherwise, only Reynolds Carbon wheels with pirelli cinturato gravel M in 45x584 and the super comfortable specialized power mimic were installed.

Key items of kit: Due to my small frame size it was hard to find the right bags. Mainly apidura with a custom frame bag from ‚Ride and get lost‘. It is complemented by the Aero bag from cyclite and 2 snack bags. In addition, there is a drinking system with 2 litres. In the dark, the Supernova lamp provides perfect illumination and gives me security on the tracks.

Joris Buters

Name: Joris Buters

Age: 19

Cap number: 206

Location: Orzola

Bike: Focus Mares CX

Key items of kit: Restrap all the way

Maximilian Jüngling

Name: Maximilian Jüngling

Age: 34

Cap number: 209

Location: Munich

Bike: Rondo Ruut AL SRAM Apex

Key items of kit: Cheap Rack + Drybag + Straps 8bar Handlebar Pack Frame Bag Salomon drinking Backpack Food pouch Lamp

Flo Burkhard

Name: Flo Burkhard

Age: 33

Cap number: 188

Location: Munich

Bike: Kona Rover ST

Key items of kit: Steel Frame SRAM Rival 1-11, 11-42T Aerobars Sattlebag Framebag Frontreck with Drybag Fork Cages

Sebastien Mandron

Name: Sebastien Mandron

Age: 52

Cap number: 213

Location: Paris

Bike: Fabulous BMC URS which is back from the Atlas where it was full of snow?

Key items of kit: BMC URS with classified Wheels

Nils Correvon

Name: Nils Correvon

Age: 33

Cap number: 214

Location: Lausanne (Switzerland)

Bike: BMC Kaius01 One DT Swiss GRC 1400 Sram mullet built RED/X01 AXS 40x10-52

Key items of kit: Bags from Restrap (race framebag, saddle bag and toptube bag), clothings Pas Normal Studios Escapism. Extra kit: hydration vest and lightweight sleeping system.

Mark Davis

Name: Mark Davis

Age: 60

Cap number: 224

Location: Christ's Hospital, England

Bike: Canyon Grail CF SL8 ETAP

Key items of kit: All standard SRAM ETAP XO1 Eagle 12 speed, 1x42T chainring, 10-50 cassette. Specialized Pathfinder Pro 42mm tubeless tyres Wahoo Element Roam Exposure Toro handlebar light with Lezyne Max 600XL helmet light Cate Tight rear light Nitecore 2000 carbon power bank A mixture of bags; Apidura, Topeak, Leyzyne and Lidl. Camelback Chase hydration vest with two 800ml bidons. Sleep system Rab Microlight Down Jacket and Rab Zero Lite Survival Bag.

Markus Brigl

Name: Markus Brigl

Age: 33

Cap number: 201

Location: Munich, Germany

Bike: Rose Backroad GRX CF

Key items of kit: Shimano GRX 48/31 with SRAM 11-36 Cassette, Tires: Schwalbe G-One R 45 Garmin Edge 530 Lights: Lupine SL Nano (2x 5000mAh), 2x Sigma Backlights Saddlebag: (7L Restrap Race): Sleeping bag SeaToSummit SparkII, SeaToSummit Ultralight Insulated mat, Emergency Bivy, Rainjacket Full Framebag (6L Restrap): Tools, Tubeless Repair Stuff, 2 Tubolito Tubes, Downjacket, some more clothing, 20000mAh Powerbank TopTube Bag (2L Apidura Race): Gels, Bars, Stuff