Bikes of Great British Divide

Bikes of Great British Divide

14 July, 2022

A length of Great Britain in August demands riders come prepared for all eventualities. Have a browse of what each intrepid rider thinks they'll need for this ride.

Steven Reid

Name: Steven Reid

Age: 52

Location: Coventry

Bike: On one big dog

Key items of kit: Coffee

George Lees

Name: George Lees

Age: 36

Location: Chapel En Le Frith

Bike: Santa Cruz Chameleon. Fox 34 shocks, hand built wheels, Shimano XTR/Box components with 9 speed friction franken gears. Maxxis tyres.

Key items of kit: Bags are a mix of Restrap, Revelate, Witslingers and Alpkit. 2 litre water bladder in the frame bag and water filter for sipping pond water. Midgey proof headnet, dodgy ali express tent and a hipflask full of Whiskey.

Justin Dean

Name: Justin Dean

Age: 54

Cap number: Deano

Location: Whitstable, England

Bike: Vitus Rapide, XT groupset 1x12 - 30T Front 10x51 cassette, Rockshox Ultimate 100 mm fork, trying the Cane Creek+ seat post 35mm travel, Selle Italia Dynamic saddle, Stooge Moto bar with with Sqlab bar inners and Profile Design tri bars. Tyres are Vittoria Barzo front and Mezcal rear 29x2.25, Ergon grips and Nukeproof flat pedals!!!!!

Key items of kit: Bags are a mix. Rear is a Tailfin AeroPack which will be carrying my wet weather gear including Endura MT500 trousers, GoreTex Shakedry and Rab jackets. Tent is a Terra Nova Southern cross 1, Therm-a-Rest Xtherm medium wide pad, pillow is Alpkit and a Rab silk liner. also an extra water bottle holder.

Frame bag is Oveja Negra which will carry my extra cycling clothes; arm & leg warmers, neck buff, couple of pairs of gloves and waterproof sock. Apidura top tube bag will have my electrics 20000mAh and 10000mAh battery packs, plugs and charging cables. I will be using a Garmin Edge 1030+ for navigation with my iPhone on the quad lock as backup. My lights are Exposure Race and Exposure Joystick. 2 stem bags will carry my water.

Lastly my Salsa EXP Cradle and bag for all my extra clothing, sleeping bag and Arcteryx Atom LT hoodie for the night riding. Clip on Salsa front bag for food and wash kit. I plan on couple of nights camping then a night in hotel for charging all gear back up including myself...

Rufus Wenlock

Name: Rufus Wenlock

Age: 34

Location: New Zealand

Bike: SUFUR - I made the bike myself, it's my third prototype testing the geometry. Drivetrain is 34t x 11-50th 11spd.

Key items of kit: Bags: Apidura top tube, Salsa Anything cages + bags mounted to the fork uppers via carbon wraped mounts, frame bag DIY, Revelate Designs Shrew saddle bag. Accessories: Pedalcell dynamo with 3D printed mount, Garmin Edge 530, Gemini Duo 2200, Iphone and 3x water bottles.

Tony Marvin

Name: Tony Marvin

Age: 68

Location: Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Bike: Merida Silex 400, frame and rigid fork only.

Key items of kit: 1. Not the kitchen sink but the rest of the kitchen! 2. Gearing: 2x 36/24, 11spd 11-40 3. Tyres: 700c 40mm Vittoria Terreno Mixed 4. Bags front: Revelate Egress, Harness and Feed bags, Alpkit fork bags on Blackburn Outpost cages 5. Bag middle: Alpkit custom frame bag 6. Bags rear: Tailfin aeropack with 5l mini panniers

Sven Brommann

Name: Sven Brommann

Age: 47

Location: Karlsdorf-Neuthard, Germany

Bike: Pilot Primum MTB, Titan Frame, Fox Suspension Fork and Shimano 1x12 groupset. 29" with Conti Race King tubeless, SON 28 Dynamo Hub and Brooks B17 saddle.

Key items of kit: Ortlieb handlebar bag and frame bag, and Revelate Designs saddlebag.

Carl Simmons

Name: Carl Simmons

Age: 47

Location: England

Bike: Scott Spark RC (Full Suspension), 12 Speed (Eagle), Rotor Cranks, QRing Oval Clip in Peddles, SRAM components.

Key items of kit: Garmin Edge 1030 Plus and Garmin Battery Pack. Tyres - Continental Race King ProTection (Tubeless) Bike Lights - Exposure Mk12 (F), Boost (F) & Lezyne Strip Pro 300 Specialized Helmet with Exposure Boost R (R) Light. Apidura Seat Bag: Nordisk Lofoten Tent, X/Lite Roll Sleeping Matt, OMM Warm Jacket/Mountain Raid 1.0 Sleeping Bag, Running Shorts/Raidlight Longsleeve Top, Gore Waterproof Jacket. Apidura Frame Bag: Endura Gillet/Arm/Leg Warmers/Waterproof Shoe covers, Gore Waterproof Gloves/Shorts, dhb Cap, Osprey food bag, Kayadyn 0.6L filtration bottle, Spare Cycling Shorts/Socks, Head Net, Petzl Head Torch, Toiletries (Tooth Brush/Paste, Sudocrem, Sunscreen). Apidura Top Tube Bags: 2 x 5k Zendura Power Packs, Food, Hydration tablets. Apidura Bottom Tube Bag: Bike Spare, Tools, Plug & Cables. Wizard Works Grab Bags (2 x 750ml Water Bottles). Bike Lock.

David Winton

Name: David Winton

Age: 53

Location: Peebles, Scotland

Bike: Cotic Solaris Max, Fox 34 forks 120mm, Hunt Trail wide 29 wheels with Vittoria Mezcal 2.35 tyres front and back. 2x11 Shimano drivetrain 26/36 chainset coupled with 11-42 giving me low gears for the climbs and a bigger for the road sections. Dropper post so I can enjoy the downhills. Sonder confuscious loop riser bars gives multiple mounting points, different hand positions and an aero position when needed

Key items of kit: Apidura bar bag has my sleep system which has Lanshan Pro1 tent, sleeping bag and mat. Tent for a good nights sleep and refuge from the midges. Accessory pack on the front has electronics and any quick access items I need. Top tube bag for food on the go. Alpkit custom frame bag for tools, innertubes, pump, tent pole, tent pegs water filter. Rear Tailfin has my dry kit in it for sleeping, warm layers and lots of space to carry extra food. On my back I have an Apidura racing vest for water hydration, carrying my phone and space for anything else I want in the pockets.

Craig Bunyan

Name: Craig Bunyan

Age: 36

Location: Romsey, Uk

Bike: Orbea Oiz with the usual mix n match kit. Shimano Deore groupset 30t chainring 10-51 cassette. All of the gears. SQLabs inner bar ends, ESI grips and the trusty specialized power saddle take care of contact points paired with Fizik shoes and Sidas insoles. Sleep system this year is an Outdoor Research Helium bivy with an alpkot pipedream bag and exped insukated sleep pad.

Key items of kit: After last year...a proper waterproof hiking jacket. Here's to not needing it.

Chris Busby

Name: Chris Busby

Age: 47

Location: UAE

Bike: 2005 Scott Scale 10 HT (26"), Fox F80 X Forks, 819 Mavic Rims - 240s DT Hubs (DB),Specialized 2.1 Fast Track Control Tyres, Components - XTR/XT/SRAM mix. Ritchey WCS Carbon - Bars/Stem/Seat Post. Selle Italia SP-01 Boost Saddle and ERGON GP3 Grios and Bar ends.

Key items of kit: Apidura Saddle Bag for sleeping bag, warm kit and spare clothes. Apidura Handlebar Bag for Alpkit Soloist tent, sleeping mat, xLite pillow and Teddy bear.2 x Topeak Large Trunk Bags for electronics, bike repair kit and food.

Joseph Nation

Name: Joseph Nation

Age: 32

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand

Bike: On One, Whippet. Mavic wheelset, Sram GX Eagle drivetrain, Quarq powermeter, Vittoria Mezcal Tyres (2.35 front & 2.25 rear), Rockshox 35 Fork, Prologo saddle, Pro aero bars

Key items of kit: Pedalcell Dynamo, CrankTank 3L water storage, Apidura saddle bag containing: bivvy bag; alpkit cloud base mattress; Macpac jacket; Stoic insulated pants; Haglof insulated jacket; spare bib shorts; and thermal. Apidura Frame bag containing: wall charger; buff; chamois cream; chain lube; rag; and food space. Apidura Top Tube bag containing: electrics cables; power powerbank; tyre plug. Downtube container with: 2nd spare tube; tool kit; midge headnet; and tick removers. Apidura Food pouch up front with electrolyte capsules. Lezyne 1600 light up front and Lezyne red rear. One-up pump with chain break and spare tyre plugs.

Gerald Melvin Herradura

Name: Gerald Melvin Herradura

Age: 49

Bike: Nukeproof Mega

Key items of kit: Lights are Bontrager ion 700 X 2, CatEye Bolt 200 and Dealz Rear Light. Power via a Belkin 20000mAh, Fast Charger 8000mAh, Anker 20000mAh and wall charger. Sleeping Gear: Nordisk Lofoten 1, Vango Planet 50 Sleeping Gear and Therm-a-Rest Air Matt. Clothing: More socks, cycling hat, one pair of underwear and MTB Shoes Flat.

Hydration kit is one 1L USWE and two 500ml bottles.

Sam Phillips

Name: Sam Phillips

Age: 20

Location: Essex

Bike: Commencal Meta HT AM. Rockshox 35 Forks with 150mm of travel. WTB Rims with SON28 dynohub connected to a Sinewave Revolution. 29 x 2.2” Continental Cross Kings. Shimano XT/SLX with 11-50 cassette and 32t chainring. Sram Level brakes. Ritchey seatpost with fi’zi;k Tiaga saddle. Ride Alpha bars and stem with DMR Brendog Deathgrips. Prime J-bend bars with fi'zi;k bar tape.

Key items of kit: Alpkit Soloist. Berghaus sleeping bag. Sea to Summit mat. Spare set of merino riding clothes plus waterproofs. Tools and spares. Garmin Edge 1030+ for navigation with Komoot on phone as backup. Moon front and rear lights. 20100mAh battery and dynohub to keep everything charged. All rammed into a mixture of Alpkit, Altura and Topeak bags.

Olivier Lefebvre

Name: Olivier Lefebvre

Age: 35

Cap number: 10

Location: Lyon, France.

Bike: 2019 BOMBTRACK Beyond+ ADV XL built by BAROUDEUR CYCLES in Lyon, France SRAM GX Eagle 12v, Shimano XT pedals. Mason x Hunt Search 29 MTB Dynamo Disc Wheelset (30mm iw). Vittoria Mezcal III 29x2,35. Protaper carbon handlebar 20/20 Brooks C17.

Key items of kit: 3 key items : Sinewave Beacon, MontBell Versalite and Fizik Terra Clima X2. GPS: Garmin eTrex 32x. Sleeping system: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir xLite Large (comfy but bulky but comfy but...), Pajak Quest Quilt, Patagonia Micro Puff hoody, full merino underwear and SOL Escape bivvy. Bags are a mix of Revelate Desings, Ortlieb and Apidura.

Alan Velecky

Name: Alan Velecky

Age: 56

Location: Lewes

Bike: Orbea Oiz M20 TR

Phil Lowry

Name: Phil Lowry

Age: 42

Location: Warwickshire

Bike: Singular Ti Gryphon with Fox 32 Step cast, Rohloff Gearhub 32/17, Brooks C13 Carved, Jones bar 2.5 and Son Dynamo hub Beacon lamp son rear light.

Key items of kit: Exposure head lamp, Zendure 10,000mAh power bank. Mix of Straight Cut Design & Apidura bags, Vango F10 hydrogen air tent, Sea to Summit SP1 sleeping bag, Sea to Summit mat & pillow. Albion bibs, 7Mesh Ashlu Jersey & socks Gore Paclite Jacket and trousers. Garmin Edge 1030 Plus.