Bikes of Gravel Birds 2023

Bikes of Gravel Birds 2023

10 May, 2023

A 750km gravel loop of the untouched Alentejo region in Portugal will take riders along the many hills of the region, the Guadiana Valley, to the Atlantic coast and inland again.

Be sure to follow along with our commentary during the race here.

El Solitário

Name: El Solitário

Bike: Bike Holdsworth

Key items of kit:
Bag columbus 7

Joaquim Santos

Name: Joaquim Santos

Age: 54

Location: Vila do Conde, Portugal

Bike: Cérvelo Àspero

Key items of kit: Cervelo Àspero with GRX DI2, Apidura bags.

Tiago Costa

Name: Tiago Costa

Age: 38

Location: Den Haag, Netherlands

Bike: Nordest Sardinha 2 frame with Shimano XT groupset (10-51t cassette and 30t chainring). 29" DT swiss XM421 rims with 2.1" Vittoria Mezcal tires, Marzocchi Bomber Z2 fork, front SON Dynamo hub connected to the Edelux ii front light and the Sinewave Revolution charger.

Key items of kit: SQlabs inner barends and the pro-missile aerobars to get multiple hand positions out of the flat handlebars. Alpkit Hunka Bivvy bag, with a light sleeping bag and air-mat. The B17 Imperial Brooks saddle will keep me sore free, and I will carry everything on a bunch of Apidura Backcountry bags, and 5 water bottle cages for surviving the Alentejo heat.

Holly Seear and Steve Davidson

Name: Holly Seear and Steve Davidson

Age: 47

Location: Windsor, UK

Bike: Vielo V+1 Race Edition (Double Trouble). Zipp 303 Firecrest, Vittoria Mezcal 44mm gravel tyres and SRAM Red XPLR 1x.

Key items of kit: Apidura frame, saddle and top tube bags. Exposure Zenith and Joystick lights. And lots of Haribo!

Ricardo Baptista

Name: Ricardo Baptista

Age: 33

Location: Sintra, Portugal

Bike: Nordest Albarda GRX 2x11

Key items of kit: Front - Sleeping system + Water Filter. Back - Clothes. Bottom - tools.

Paulo Caçoete

Name: Paulo Caçoete

Age: 45

Cap number: 15

Location: Palmela

Bike: Specialized epic SW, roval wheels, axs groupset

Key items of kit: No sleep bags, magshine lights, 1 powerbank for Garmin, and just pedal

Nuno Gomes

Name: Nuno Gomes

Age: 47

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Bike: Rose BACKROAD AL GRX810 1X11

Key items of kit: Spider Rear Rack w/ 12L Heavy Duty Dry Bag Black, TopPeak Frontloader, Restrap Race Top Tube Bag and Race Frame Bag.

Luis Almeida

Name: Luis Almeida

Age: 37

Cap number: 12

Location: Águeda, Aveiro Portugal

Bike: Megamo West my Sandy GRX 2x10

Key items of kit: Smike and just ride. Snacks snacks and enjoy the views 😍🔨💥🙂

Frederik Derycke

Name: Frederik Derycke

Age: 47

Cap number: 29

Location: Lagos, Portugal.

Bike: Giant revolt, Shimano Ultegra 2x11.

Key items of kit: Hunt wheels, Goodyear connector ultimate 40, salsa cowchipper steering, profile designs 43a aero, apidura bags, wahoo element roam GPS, lezyne 1300 xxl light.

André Serrazina

Name: André Serrazina

Age: 37

Cap number: 20

Location: Benedita

Bike: Nordest Britango, Shimano groupset and Maxxis Ardent Race 2.2 tyres/

Key items of kit: Ortlieb saddle bag and vaide front harness.

Simon Deprez

Name: Simon Deprez

Age: 41

Cap number: 2

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Bike: Origine Trail with wheels Vega A30 Pro

Key items of kit: Restrap and Tailfin bags, Fidlock bottles and tool bag, cush core & challenge getaway 40mm, Knog PWR front light