Bikes of Pan Celtic Race 2021

Bikes of Pan Celtic Race 2021

25 June, 2021

The British Isles are notorious for their tempermental weather system but the Celtic Nations are their own beast. The least predictable regions of the UK make for some of the most dialled-in packing lists.

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India Landy

Age: 23

Location: Bexhill, East Sussex

Clan rider: 061

Your bike: Fairlight Secan, Hunt + Son dynamo setup

Your key items of kit: Bags: Restrap race range including custom full frame bag. Saddle bag - sleeping kit (bivvy, mat, sleeping bag), Frame bag - Tools/repair kit etc one side, extra layers/rain jacket other side! Hammerhead Karoo 2 for navigation.

James Houston

Age: 45

Location: London, UK

Clan rider: 077

Your bike: Brompton M6R raw lacquer Ti, with Brooks saddle and Ergon grips. I have converted this to a 12 speed for the race by adding a Sugino 52/36 and Ultegra front derailleur. So I think it might now be a 'M12R'

Your key items of kit: I go with the front Brompton 'T' bag for food, clothes and tools I might want access to quickly. A spare set of clothes, bivvy bag etc are in the Ortlieb bag on the rack. For navigation I'll be using my phone with the BikeGPX app, along with a Garmin 1030+.

Neil Lauder

Age: 28 (plus 10)

Location: Ashford, Kent, UK

Clan rider: 013

Your bike: Enigma Custom Ti Evoke, Sram groupset and Quarq power meter.

Your key items of kit: Custom Restrap frame bag with bladder and wet weather gear. Bar bag with sleeping kit. Toptube bag for food.

Jack Ferguson

Age: 31

Location: Middlesbrough , England

Clan rider: 015

Your bike: Reilly Gradient, Shimano Di2 Ultegra, Dynamo.

Your key items of kit: Restrap Race Range with a couple of cockpit bags for snacks. Spares, pump and tools on the down tube. Sleep system up front and clothes in the back. Electronics, potions and lotions in the frame bag. Top tube for power bank, hip flask and more snacks.

Duncan Borthwick

Age: 48

Location: Southampton, UK

Clan rider: 014

Your bike: Ridley Kanzo Speed, built by Andy at Castle Douglas Bikes with 105, hand built Mavic and DT Swiss Hubs, Bontrager TT saddle and Profile clip-on bars. Blackburn saddle bag, Restrap frame and snack bag, Ortlieb accessory pack at the front. Exposure lights. Zefal mountain bike mudguards (Pan Celtic .... hmm... it may rain!), Big Lezyne pump (don't skimp on the pump...)

Your key items of kit: Keeping it simple. Day food and jacket in the front. Snacks and battery above the top tube, tools and tubes, below. Clothes in the back.

Jack Breen

Age: 25

Location: London, UK

Clan rider: 103

Your bike: Canyon Aeroad with Ultegra: 52-34 and 11-30t.

Your key items of kit: Wahoo Elemnt Bolt for nav. Sleeping stuff up front, clothes and spares in the back, everything else in the middle and snacks and phone etc. up in the top tube bag.

Vera Ngosi-Sambrook

Age: 28

Location: Cardiff, Wales

Clan rider: 104

Your bike: Cloud 9 Cycles custom build - Steel frame (Columbus tubing), Columbus fork, Hope Tech components (cranks, stem, calipers, rotors & seat post), carbon wheelset from Arkane Wheelworks, SP Dynamo Hub, Sinewave front light with USB port.

Your key items of kit: Custom frame bags from Wizard Works, top tube and saddle bag from Topeak. Sleeping bag, inflatable mattress & hooped bivvy on handlebars. Front pouch includes tools and toiletries. Frame bag and 2 handlebar snack pouches are filled with food for days! Saddle bag - spare clothes, waterproofs, puffer jacket. Navigation - Wahoo Elemnt Roam + backup Garmin Edge Explore.

Matt Starling

Age: 46

Location: Crafthole, Cornwall

Clan rider: 084

Your bike: Genesis Equilibrium Disk 2020. Hunt front wheel, with Son dynamo, Exposure lights. Sine wave USB charger.

Your key items of kit: Sleep system handlebar bag + accessory pouch for food. Top tube bag, battery pack and snacks Frame bag, tools, spares, toiletries, Saddle pack with clothes. Luxury item is beard oil!

Paddy Dunne

Age: 59

Location: Wilton, Wiltshire but declared for Ireland 🇮🇪

Clan rider: 081

Your bike: Curve Belgie V3 Disc Di2 50/34 compact Ultegra cranks with my own SRAMino 36/11 rear cassette, basically a mix of SRAM & Shimano . Built up meticulously by Danny Roberts- Clarke at Giro Cyles. Bike fit by Scherrit Knoesen (The Bike Whisperer, I wouldn’t be at the start line if it wasn’t for Corrine & Scherrit). TT Bars/Di2 buttons off m’y old Sabbath SilkRoadPro. Seat: Spesh Power saddle. Lights: supernova Dynamo lights plus trusty Exposure rear blaze and two joysticks rechargeable. Tyres: Vittoria Rubino Pro Tubeless 30mm. Switched my bag set up to Restrap front and rear holsters 7L. Medium frame bag. Large top tank bag . 3 Arundul bottle cages 2 right side entry and one on the downtube

Your key items of kit: Rear bag has sleep kit in: Silk Liner , Alpkit Kloke bivvy bag, OMM Half bag, OMM jacket with some socks/gloves/hat/mossie head net in the pockets, Lite weight DD Hammock. Front bag: Small dry bag with spare, gloves and socks and Nanoflex arm warmers & bib shorts. Rest of bag has Endura overshoes/rain gloves GroundEffectsClothing rain jacket, GroundEffectsClothing Helter Skelter rain trousers. Frame bag: Near side has trickle charging and power bank leads, Di2 charging stuff and headphones. Off side has tyre plugs, levers, pump, sealant, zip ties, insulation tape, spare spokes, allen keys and spare Voilé straps. Some personal hygiene things also. Top Tank bag : Food /bike lock. Down tube bidon has spare tube, more Allen keys, chain breaker, chain stuff and spare mech hanger. Cockpit: Quadlock. Iphone, strategically placed Voile straps, Everesting/ Hells500 sweat drops stem cap.

Tony Clare

Age: 43

Location: Cropredy, Oxfordshire, UK

Clan rider: 020

Your bike: Custom J.Laverack frame with a Cannondale Lefty fork, Infinity E2 saddle with carbon rails, Nextie carbon rims with Hope Pro 4 rear hub and Hope RX4 calipers. SRAM AXS mullet setup with 40t oval Absolute Black chain ring and 10-52t cassette. The most important part of the bike is ‘Eddie’ the 52t Eagle cog, which I’m sure will get plenty of use on those Cornish climbs. Navigation is taken care of by my Wahoo Roam and lighting is the UK’s finest from Exposure.

Your key items of kit: Your key items of kit: I have a mixture of Apidura race and back country bags to carry all of my kit. Rapha and Albion clothing, Quoc shoes, Kask helmet and Oakleys. My wet weather gear is from Gore which includes my ultra racers uniform of a Shake Dry jacket. I’m taking an Alpkit Kloke bivvy, thermarest uberlite 1/2 mat and PHD 1/2 sleeping bag so that I’m ready to sleep anywhere. Nobody makes a Dynamo lefty hub so my power will come from a graphene power bank and 100w fast charger plug so I can keep it topped up at any cafe stops. My most important piece of kit is my Apidura accessory pouch as it carries all of my food 😋

Tony Trigg

Age: 62


Clan rider: 57

Your bike: Cannondale Prolapse with Fast Forward wheels and Panaracer 28m tyres.

Your key items of kit:

Aaron Hall

Age: 23

Location: Chester, UK

Clan rider: 003

Your bike: Enigma Escape - Shimano GRX gearing (46-30 and 11-32), DCR aluminium wheels with a SP dynamo to power Exposure Revo and Redeye - mounted to 3D printed aero bridge on the USE TR2 cockpit with 50 degree ski extensions

Your key items of kit: Kit: Restrap Large Saddle Bag (Alpkit Hunka XL bivvy, Exped Synmat UL Lite, Albion Zoa Down Jacket, Mini Inflatable Pillow from amazon, Castelli Nanoflex leg and arm warmers, Sealskinz winter gloves, Albion Ultralight Gilet). Restrap Large Frame Bag (Two inner tubes, Tyre boots, Multi tool, Spare brake pads, Quicklink, Tyre Levers, Topeak Mini Pump, Leatherman, Albion Rain Jacket, Face Mask, Hiplok Z Lok x2, Triple USB Plug socket). Restrap Top Tube Bag (22000mAh power bank, USB cables for Phone and Wahoo, headphones). Restrap Stem Bag x2 (All the food). Using the Wahoo Elemnt Roam for navigation. Clothes on the bike: Quoc merino wool socks (PCR19 one's), Albion short sleeve jersey, Castelli Nanoflex bibshorts, Sportful short sleeve mesh baselayer.

Dan Conaway

Age: 40

Location: Middlewich, England

Clan rider: 034

Your bike: Trek Checkpoint SL6 with SRAM Eagle, 10-50 cassette, Hunt 4 Season wheel set with SON dynamo powering my Exposure front and rear dynamo set up, Profile design aero bars, Apidura race bags with a Tailfin rear setup. Garmin Edge 1030 with Garmin external backup power bank

Your key items of kit: Sleep kit in the Tailfin inc my Sea to Summit sleeping back and Matt, paired with a Backcountry Bivy.

Joe Graystone

Age: 47

Location: Oxford, UK

Clan rider: 007

Your bike: J.Laverack J.ACK with Shimano GRX 2x11, 48/32 X 11-42, Son Dynamo, Supernova E3 light, Son rear, Sinewave revolution charger.

Your key items of kit: Clothing: Rapha core bibs, Cowley Road Condors club jersey, Gore Shakedry jacket. Sleeping: Sea-to-Summit Spark SP0 sleeping bag, Alpkit Kloke bivvy bag. Navigation: Garmin Edge 830 and my phone a Google Pixel 2.

Maryjane Watson

Age: 58

Location: Baldrine, Isle of Man

Clan rider: 093

Your bike: Kinesis GTD. bought new from Epic Bikes Uk in 2018 for the Audax season. Frame size is 48cm. Made from titanium alloy. Wears 700c x 28 mm tyre on front at 60psi. 700c x 32 mm on rear at 65psi. Mudguards fitted, as its polite to wear these in wet conditions when on a long Audax. Group set: Shimano 105. Compact. Front chain rings: 34/50. Rear cassette (11speed) 11/34 - geared for Manx hills. Saddle: this is a RIDO II saddle. Incredibly comfortable for long days in the saddle. The ugliest saddle in the world! But I’ve had it recovered in leather with a Celtic triskle design. By Lee Carson in Texas.

Your key items of kit: No custom bits. Unless you count the handle bars which are flared gravel bars. Chosen as my handle bars are small and no bar bag was gonna fit without a flare. Kit to carry my gear in: Tail fin rack. Frame bag: medium bag supplied by Restrap. For my tool kit and electrics possible storage for hydration sachets too. Top tube bag (1 litre) supplied by Carradice in Nelson for snacks and my phone. Bar bag. Ortlieb bar bag. Small. 9 litre. All my clothing and wash bag and spare batteries. Water bottles: fabulous magnetic attached bottles from Restrap. Expensive addition but well worth it as nothing else fits the small frame with a frame bag as well. Sleeping kit: Helium bivi, Pipedream 200 sleeping bag from the amazing Alpkit! Qomolo sleeping mat inflatable, Ear plugs, Eye mask. All in the Tailfin.

Clothing includes Shorts Assos waist shorts, Shirts - Cyclology tech fabric tee shirts, Hi viz gilet, Rain jacket Paramo Quito, Shoes: Lake I/O sandals no longer made what I’ll do when they fall to bits I’ll never know!! 🤣 Helmet mirror - Look. Cheap Amazon helmet but it is ace! Thousand mile and CEP pressure socks (I’m getting on a bit I need some help sometimes 🙄). Lights: Front dynamo Revo by Exposure (engraved of course) Plus extra safely light - an Anker torch. Rear: Wiggle special on the seat stay. Wiggle special Lezyne on the helmet at the back and another on my Tailfin. In my Tailfin is a head torch for bivi nights too by Alpkit Back up charger: Anker power bank - their biggest portable.

Finally on the TailFin rack I’m hoping to add Albert. He represents all our cats at home. Sadly all our Manx Cats, Albert included, have passed on with old age, but I like to bring this chap along on my bike tours. He carries a lot of memories for me as I made him myself a good few years ago now for this very purpose. ❤️

Paul Wainwright

Age: 43

Location: York, UK

Clan rider: 109

Your bike: Cannondale Synapse, Parcours Wheels, Restrap and Apidura bags.

Your key items of kit: Very light weight sleeping system (I am taking the risk!) In the rear, bad weather stuff up front, day to day bits and room for food in the middle. Use a Garmin Edge 1030 to navigate but carry an old 10 with the routes loaded up as a just incase option. Lights by Cateye, power by Anker. Most of my threads are by My toothbrush has a full handle.

Nick Barnard

Age: 27

Location: Brighton (originally Manchester)

Clan rider: 127

Your bike: Mosaic GT2-AR titanium, carbon forks, ultegra groupset. Tyres: 28mm Vittoria tubeless. Wheels: DCR, Sussex. Bags: Apidura racing saddle pack, Apidura expedition top tube bag, Apidura expedition frame bag. Restrap aero handblebar bag. Aerobars: Profile design carbon. Dynamo: exposure revo with front light and redeye back light, plus blaze back light for back up (more extra lights packed).

Your key items of kit: Chamois cream, battery pack, reflective tape, helmet, rehydration solution tablets.

Jason Jeffery

Age: 52

Location: Launceston, Cornwall

Clan rider: 102

Your bike: Giant Revolt Advance.

Your key items of kit: Restrap race luggage and exposure lights.

Paul Winder (aka Steamy)

Age: 50

Location: Abergele, Wales

Clan rider: 009

Your bike: Mason Definition 2 with Shimano Ultegra Di2.

Your key items of kit: I'm bringing a sleeping bag, bivy, Wahoo, Aftershokz, wooly hat and slippers.

Paul Buckley

Age: 61

Location: Chester, UK

Clan rider: 069

Your bike: Bowman Pilgrims Disc. Saddle: Infinity. Drivetrain: Shimano GRX double, 11 speed, Di2, 46/30 chainrings, 30/11 cassette. FSA mini Vision clip on bars. Cages moved to accommodate two large bottles, both side fed. Pump and CO2 canister mounted with integrated inflator. Bags: Mainly Apidura. Tyres: Specialized Roubaix Pro, tubeless, 30mm. Two spare inner tubes attached to frame. Lighting: Mixed battery/USB powered front and rear lights. Navigation: Wahoo Elemnt Bolt.

Your key items of kit: Saddle bag: Bivy bag with fleece liner. Long sleeve down jersey. Front bag: Night riding layers. Top tube bag front part: battery’s, cables to charge phone & navigation. Rear part: Items needed to hand - sun cream, chamois cream, electrolytes tablets, tooth brush, tooth paste etc etc. Bag within triangle: Di2 charger, charging bag containing cables/quick chargers etc, bike repair kit, light for helmet mount.

Total weight with full bottles - 16.9kgs.

John Baston

Age: 61

Location: Otley, West Yorkshire, UK

Clan rider: 060

Your bike: Enigma Etape Ti. Hunt wheels. Dynamo. Bags by Apidura. Sheffield brushed stainless-steel stem cap (putting a Yorkshire stamp on the bike) by ; engraved ‘YOMP’, to remind me to keep riding at ‘Your Own Marching Pace.’

Your key items of kit: Sleeping bag, bivvy bag (both by RAB) & sleeping mat (EXPED) in bar bag. Lights by Exposure. Navigation by Wahoo ELEMNT Roam. Lots of Soreen malt loaf & Bananas.

Jonathan Riding

Age: 53

Location: Southsea, UK

Clan rider: 011

Your bike: Reilly Gradient, Shimano Ultegra/GRX groupset, Mason x Hunt 650b Adventure wheels with WTB Byway tyres, Brooks Cambian saddle, Son dynamo hub with Exposure front and rear lights.

Your key items of kit: Restrap Saddle Bag containing sleep system (Terra Nova tent, Alpkit sleeping bag and pillow, Klymit x Frame mat) and clothing. Restrap frame bag containing tools, spares and ancillaries. Restrap Race top tube bag and stem bag for food. Restrap canister bag for electronics. Navigation is via Garmin Edge 1030 plus.

Dan Campbell

Age: 45

Location: Stoke on Trent, UK

Clan rider: 108

Your bike: Ribble CGR Ti (105) base model with upgraded wheels (DT Swiss RR 482, Spokes: 28/32) and SON dynamo hub, running Continental Gator Hardshell 28mm tyre with tubes. The groupset is the Shimano 105 R7000 (50-34T) with a Shimano 105 R7000 11-32T cassette and Shimano 105 R7070 Flat Mount Hydraulic brakes. But given the volume of climbing, I will regret not having an 11-34 cassette! I am staying with the old tech when it comes to tyre inflation, Topeak Race Rocket Mini.

I am using a Wahoo Bolt computer that I can charge from the USB power pack, which I will trickle charge via my SON dynamo hub and Igaro D2. However, I have a 240v fast charger for when I stop. Yes, I am not sure why I am taking the Igaro D2! My front light is a kLite Bikepacker ULTRA V2 (road) and I will be using my phone to take photos and video blogs as I go, for my amazing wife, but I will carry a cheap action cam for when it is raining.

Your key items of kit: The frame does not allow for most mid-frame bags but I finally located a Roswheel (off-road) 1.5litre bag which houses my electrics, gloves, head-over, sun cream, lip cell, and facemask. The top tube 1.6litre bag houses my phone, food, loose change. Everything else is in the PODSACS 7litre handlebar bag which I have secured to the rear Roswheel lightweight touring rack. This includes items like Snugpak Stratosphere bivvy, Alpkit Cloud Base Mat, Pipedream 200 sleeping bag, long-sleeved cycling top, repair kit, wash kit (I am not sure if I will actually use the water shaver!), and bike lock. I have a spare tyre Gator Hardshell 28mm strapped to the frame.

Richard Parry

Age: 49

Location: London, UK

Clan rider: 76

Your bike: Cannondale Topstone with Shimano Ultegra groupset

Your key items of kit: All bike bags are Apidura. I'm using Wahoo Element as navigation aid.

Sarah Burns

Age: 45

Location: East London, UK

Clan rider: 135

Your bike: Trek Checkpoint ALR 4 .

Your key items of kit: I'm small, the frame's small, clearances are small, so not a lot of space for things. I've kept things simple with dry bag containing sleep system strapped to the handle bars using Restrap Fast Straps. I've gone for a down jacket and down trousers, over a sleeping bag, for a quick getaway if an axe murderer turns up. Food storage in the form of Apidura stem bags, top tube bag for life's essentials, Apidura saddle pack for everything else. Some aero bars provide valuable space to mount bike computer and lights as well as offering an alternative ride position, and the perfect place to rest a sandwich.

Alex Boswell

Age: 33

Location: Truro, England

Clan rider: 100

Your bike: Specialized Tarmac SL6 with ALT. Bespoke wheels known as My Boy Blue .

Your key items of kit: A random assortment of bags packed badly .

Duncan Stewart-Ball

Age: 43

Location: Conwy, North Wales

Clan rider: 110

Your bike: Enigma Endeavour with full Hope components, Shimano Ultegra groupset, Brookes saddle, Panaracer Gravelking tyres.

Your key items of kit: Full RESTRAP cycle bag set up. Bar bag - Sleeping bag and sleeping mat. Frame bag and top tube bag - food, phone, chargers, key items that need to be at hand. Saddle bag - tent, repair kit etc, night / off the bike clothing, small wash bag and travelite quick drying towel.

Sam Stewart-Ball

Age: 13

Location: Conwy, North Wales

Clan rider: 111

Your bike: Giant TCX, with Sram Apex 1 groupset, Cero ARD23 disc wheelset, Panaracer Gravelking tyres.

Your key items of kit: Full RESTRAP cycle bag set up. Bar bag - Sleeping bag and sleeping mat . Frame and top tube bag - phone, spare gloves, arm and leg warmers, buff, charging equipment, food. Race saddle bag - off bike (night time clothes), Albion rain jacket and insulated gilet.

Mike Jacklin

Age: 40


Clan rider: 123

Your bike: Trek Domane SLR7. Aeolus Pro 3V wheelset. Ultegra Di2. absoluteBLACK chainrings.

Your key items of kit: Zendure power banks to keep everything charged, Bontrager lights, Down jacket, Waterproof trousers, warm gloves and lots of food. All kept in Roswheel bags.

Jonathan (Jon) Stainsby

Age: 53yrs (inside I am just 8yrs old riding my bike with my mates)

Location: East Sussex, England

Clan rider: 62

Your bike: Kinesis Tripster ATR Ti, SRAM Rival compact groupset, Profile tri bars + mini bell. Hunt Gravel wheels, Hutchinson Sector 32 tubeless, SON Dynamo hub, Supernova Dynamo lights front and rear.

Your key items of kit: Wahoo Roam, Garmin Etrex 30x for backup. Powerbug usb convertor running off dynamo to charge powerbank. Restrap Race bags front and rear.

Rear- Sleep kit: OMM half bag, Rab Primaloft top, Thermarest Neoair uberlite mat (Small), Alpkit Kloke bivvy, Section of radiator bubble foil, for added insulation under mat.

Front (Spot tracker ontop): Spare bibs/socks/base layer, Rain jacket, Gore shorts, Brevet gilet.

Apidura frame bag with bike spares: Powerbank, Headtorch, Reflective belt, Buff, Leg and arm warmers and space for some food. Alpkit Top tube bag: Bank cards, Brevet card, Suncream/lip balm, folding tooth brush/paste, batteries, headphones and Albion burner.

Alpkit feed pouch: multi-tool, cables and charger, room for jelly beans and malt loaf. Clothing is Rapha: cargo bibs, baselayer, Brevet jersey and insulated gilet. Rain jacket and Quoc GT shoes/socks.

Bryn Williams

Location: Gwynedd, Cymru

Clan rider: 068

Your bike: This is my torture machine: Enigma Escape, full Hope Tech bearings and Shimano GRX drive train.

Your key items of kit: In the packs are my coffin tent, plenty of extra merino layers and Albion outers. GORE Shakedry coat as I’m expecting to get wet. Packs are Apidura.

Rob Packham

Age: 71

Location: Isle of Wight

Clan rider: 131

Your bike: Mason Bokeh

Your key items of kit: Apidura bags except Tailfin saddle bag. I'm taking a tent.

Aleks Turner

Age: 31 and three quarters

Location: London, UK

Clan rider: 090

Your bike: This is Brock. Brock is a Ribble Endurance running a Shimano Tiagra groupset. We've only been together a few months after my last bike was totalled by a careless Mercedes driver in the chaos of the London commute. The bags are a mishmash of Lomo and Alpkit, with my saddle bag held together by gorilla glue after one of the seams failed as I packed it for this event. I'm sending a new one to Checkpoint 1 just in case....

Your key items of kit: I've gone for a double power back to ease battery anxiety on all my devices. Otherwise my kit is 98% Haribo and a bivvy to sleep in.

John Knapp

Age: 58

Location: Ambleside, UK

Clan rider: 115

Your bike: Giant Revolt, SRAM AXS, SON dynamo, Sinewave Beacon light. Shwalbe Pro one tubeless.

Your key items of kit: Wildcat seat pack, Alpkit fuel cells, Apidura frame and stem bags, Ortlieb bar bag. Garmin gps.