Bikes of the Smoke Ring Challenge 2024

Bikes of the Smoke Ring Challenge 2024

3 July, 2024

Chris Potter

Age: 34

Cap number: Unsure!

Location: Letchworth Garden City

Bike: Trek Procaliber 9.8

Key items of kit: XT Groupset, Fox Float 32 Fork with 100mm travel + remote lockout, Schwalbe Racing Ray/Ralph tyres, Tailfin bags & Exposure lights, Spirgrips

Adrian Tuckley

Age: 41

Location: Northampton Uk

Bike: Trek Supercaliber 9.9 AXS project one M/L Kovee XXX carbon wheels Schwalbe Thunder Burt 2.25 tyres SRAM XX1 cranks SRAM XX1 AXS rear mech Rock Shox SID ultimate 100mm front fork Fox rear shock AXS reverb dropper post Shimano XTR spd pedals

Key items of kit: Aeroe rear rack 8ltr dry bag Aeroe spider handlebar rack 8ltr dry bag BTwin top tube bag Garmin 1040 solar Exposure six pack front light, home-made mounting bar Garmin varia radar rear light USWE back pack 3ltr water bladder Bivvy bag and sleeping bag

John Adamson

Age: 35

Location: Maidenhead, Berks

Bike: Trek Checkpoint ALR5, Shimano 105 (mechanical) groupset, Hunt Four Seasons wheelset

Key items of kit: Custom Restrap frame bag, Sonder Crest flared cargo handle bars with bolt-on extenders for aero/comfort

Colin Deady

Age: 48

Location: Berkshire, UK

Bike: Specialized Diverge Comp E5 2021 running 1x GRX with 11-46/38T and Rotor power meter. Rene Herse 48mm Oracle Ridge endurance casing knobbly tyres. K-Edge catcher for zero dropped chains. Redshift aero bars.

Key items of kit: Tailfin Aeropack, frame and top tube bags. Restrap Race aero bar bag, feed pouches.

Ravemen PR1200 front, and large Knog Cobber rear lights plus a couple of Specialized Stix as backup. Cycling non-stop through the night so also Petzl headlamp with spare battery.

GPS via Wahoo Bolt 2 with Smartphone running LocusMaps, and Corus Pace 2 smartwatch as backups.

If I need to stop: Alpkit Kloke bivvy, Alpkit Cloudbase mat, Sea to Summit Spark sleeping bag.

Remi Kotoni

Age: 50

Location: Chelmsford

Bike: Curve GMX+ in lovely pink

Key items of kit: Running AXS Sram drivetrain (32/50) and AXS 75mm dropper. Hunt XC wheels with 2.3 Maxxis tires. Ligher than stock Curve 2.6” wheelset by 400g.

Wizard Works frame bag and QR Ortlieb bar bag which is brilliant for the emergency sleeping kit and jacket.

Two 800ml Fidlock bottles and a downtube tool bottle. Exposure D-Maxx and Torro for lights.

Tom G

Age: 54

Location: London

Bike: Cinelli Zydeco Muddy Dirt

Key items of kit: Restrap top tube race bag, Apidura frame bag, Exposure Race MK17

Dan Ricketts

Age: 40.11

Location: Essex, UK

Bike: Roçinan'dos (the bike son of my last steed Rocinante named after horse of Don Quixote). Sonder Frontier SRAM SX. 100mm Rokshox Judy fork which will probably run locked out all the way! OnOneGeoff alt-bars with Ergon grips and lots of tape wrap for multiple hand positions when on the roadie bits.

Key items of kit: 2 stem bags chock full of flap jack, trail mix and haribo! My favourite thing is my reversed garmin mount to stick my old phone on with a stick on attachment for taking photos etc!

Alvaro de la Camara

Age: 38

Location: Surrey

Bike: Planet X Space Chicken custom build

Key items of kit: Lots of food on board to keep me going