Bikes Of The Southern Divide - Spring Edition 2023
10 May, 2023
Name: Rob Mercer
Cap number: 29
Bike: Titus Silkroad
Key items of kit: 2.1 inch 29r tyres, Exposure lights and heavy but cosy-ish Gore-Tex bivvy bag
Cap number: 24
Location: Prinsted, West Sussex
Bike: Orbea Alma hardtail for this trip as super comfy so can ride longer (thats the aspiration anyways). Mix of XTR and XT with 34 x 11-51 and bunch of shiny upgrades for both comfort and weigh saving.
Key items of kit: Ortlieb Bar bag with bivy, sleeping bag and inflatable mattress. 3x Tailfin cage packs, one with tools under the downtube and x2 on suspension forks with heavy duty waterproofs (I am not too sure if I am keeping the fork bags on as may be wearing the waterproofs.....) Apidura Seat Pack, the medium one with the angled section where it fits to the seat post and doesn't move around too much and will fit clothes and food. Also wearing a OMM race pack with grab items such as foods and quick waterproofs. Garmin 1030 for routing and Garmin Fenix 6x Pro watch for backup but will also track my HR. Lights are Exposure, both bike and helmet front and also Blaze on the rear.
Name: Adrian Uttley
Cap number: 43
Location: Banstead, UK
Bike: I'll be riding my new Sonder Broken Road Ti. XT 12 speed with 28T up front and 10-51 out back. I swapped out the stock bars for some SQlabs 30x 16 degree carbon bars and added some Ergon grips & Spirgrips inner bar ends. Rolling on newly built carbon wheels with a SON Dynamo in front and DTSwiss 240 in the back. 2.25 Vittoria Mezcals running tubeless. Suspension seatpost, and my preferred saddle (Selle Anatomica)
Key items of kit: Bags are a mixture of Tailfin, Straight Cut Design (custom frame bag), Restrap, Revelate, and Apidura. I'm running a K-Lite lighting system with USB charging, plus a mixture of rechargeable lights in the front and rear. I've added a runners light to the Tailfin which works off motion (no batteries), I'm not sure how well this will work on the road but seems like a cool idea. I'll be navigating with my trusty eTrex32 with phone as a backup (quad lock mount on bars). I'll be "sleeping" in a Nordisk Lofoten ULW, which I plan to use as an outer tent & footprint only. Luxury item: Battery mat pump.
Name: Toby Waters
Cap number: 44
Bike: Ribble CGR SL 38t chainring with 11-50 cassette GRX di2 groupset Zipp 303 firecrest wheels with schwalbe g one RS 40c tyres
Key items of kit: Tailfin rear pack with tent/sleeping gear Wizard works bags with food and mechanical stuff Restrap aero bar bag with clothes in.
Name: George knuff
Cap number: 26
Location: London, England
Bike: Orro Terra C - GRX 800, 1x 40t and 11-42 cassette. Hunt wheels paired with Pathfinder S-works 700x42.
Key items of kit: Apidura frame, top tube and saddle bags; Exposure front and rear lights; Garmin varia radar & light and wahoo elemnt bolt.
Name: Laura Govers
Location: Groningen, NL
Bike: Kona Sutra Ltd with tubeless Maxxis IKON EXO TR 29” tires
Key items of kit: A mix of Ortlieb and Apidura bags filled with my sleeping kit (Hubba hubba NX2, thermarest neolite, sea to summit spark III), stove and plenty of food and snacks - essentials!, spare parts, extra clothes and down jacket, rain gear and anything else you might need. I’ll probably overpack - I appreciate traveling light but hate to be cold or hangry :)
Name: Nicky Shaw
Cap number: 11
Bike: Trek Procaliber 9.6
Key items of kit: Apidura seat pack - Bivvy, sleep kit and Albion layers for the night shift.
Apidura top tube bag - Electronics, chain lube, sun cream and snacks.
Apidura frame bag - Bladder with 1L water; electrolyte tabs, tools, pump, alpkit mat.
Apidura hydration vest - 1.5L water, snacks, valuables.
Albion have my back covered, and to guide the way I have the Wahoo Roam. An Exposure Maxx MK12 lights the way.
Chris aka Tato
Name: Chris aka Tato
Cap number: 41
Bike: I'm running a Specialized Diverge s works. Love it, had lots of adventures and hopefully many more to come.
Key items of kit: Super sexy Tailfin aero pack with 5L panniers, Apidura top tube bag and a Rapha bar bag.
Name: Joe cox
Cap number: 12
Bike: Santa Cruz Stigmata CC
Key items of kit: Aero Bars, 650b x 52 Teravail Rutlands Restrap Bags
Name: Stephen Haines
Cap number: 22
Location: Stevenage, UK
Bike: Trek Checkpoint SL6
Key items of kit: Apidura bags, Exposure lights, Hutchinson Tundra tyres, Alpkit Hunka XL bivvy
Name: Hanif Meeran
Cap number: 28
Bike: Specialized Diverge
Key items of kit: Helium bivvy and sea to summit spark 2 for sleepkit. I might regret not taking a tent. Tailfin, Apidura and Ortlieb bags. Son Dynamo. Exposure front light. Sinewave and battery pack. Endura wet weather gear as the forecast is looking mixed.
Name: Bjoern Stiel
Cap number: 40
Bike: Pearson 1860 Off Grid
Key items of kit: Tailfin AeroPack Apidura Expedition Frame Pack 2 Stem Bags (Restrap & Apidura) Exposure Strada Mk10 Super Bright
Name: Randal Davison
Cap number: 14
Location: Ashford Kent
Bike: Cannondale Topstone Carbon 4
Key items of kit: Tailfin
Name: Terry Ormiston
Cap number: 34
Bike: Canyon Grizl CF, Shimano GRX 810 2x, Hydraulic Disc, DT Swiss G1800 (700) and Schwalbe G-One Ultrabite (50mm Tubeless)
Key items of kit: Apidura Saddle Pack Apidura Feed Bag Tailfin Folk Mounts and Bags Tailfin Top Tube Bag (Flap) Exposure Starda RS and Tracer Moon lights (Day/Back up) Garmin 350
Name: Wesley Burden
Cap number: 05
Location: Kent, UK
Bike: Mason Bokeh
Key items of kit: A decent pillow and sleep mat for some good sleep. Hopefully!
Name: Ros Willicombe
Cap number: 45
Bike: Ribble Gravel SL Shimano GRX 1x11 700c Wheels WTB Raddler tyres
Key items of kit: Apidura Expedition bags Top item “The Feedbag” Exposure Six Pack Front Light Wahoo Roam Bike Computer
Rob Roy Cameron
Name: Rob Roy Cameron
Cap number: 7
Bike: Specialized diverge set up 1x with a goat link so I can have a 11-46 cassette on the back to get up the Cornish climbs. Tyres are 40mm Tofu Swamperos to hopefully stay fast on the road sections.
Key items of kit: Restrap bags with bivvy sleep system in the back. I went as small as I can go hopefully I won’t freeze at night. Exposure lights front and back and a set of aero bars for the road sections.
Name: Steven Wise
Cap number: 47
Bike: Specialized Diverge GRX di2 Gravel Wide++ 700 CD wheels Rene Herse Manastash Ridge 44 mm tires
Key items of kit: Tailfin rack - Change of cycle kit, toiletries, puffa jacket, bivvy, tarp and sleeping bag Apidura tube bag, food pouches and handlebar bar bag - Gels, bars, dried fruit, biscuits, malt loaf etc Frame bag - Electricals, tool kit, rain jacket, gloves
Name: Alex Lazenby
Cap number: 27
Bike: Orbea Terra H30
Key items of kit: - Tailfin AeroPack with 5l Cargo Cage Packs and 1.7l V-Mount Pack
- Salsa Anything Handlebar Cradle
- Restrap Race Top Tube Bag (long version)
Name: Nicola Brain
Cap number: 3
Bike: Whyte Dean
Key items of kit: Ortlieb seat and bar bags
Stem bag full of trail mix so I can eat on the go!!
Name: Francis Barnett
Cap number: 1
Bike: J Guillem Atalaya, with Redshift suspension seatpost and stem. Carbon 650b 35m deep Parcours rims with 55 Rene Herse Umtamum Ridge tyres.
Key items of kit: Restrap Race seatpack and bar bag, with Restrap frame, top tube and food pouches.
Name: Loo Nalton
Location: Porlock, Somerset
Bike: Lauf True Grit
Key items of kit: Mix of bags including Tailfin, Apidura & Alpkit Son Dynamo for charging electronics, Shimano GRX with 38 & 11-46 dinner plate of a cassette to save my knees. WTB Riddler 44 tyres.
Name: Matt Robinson
Cap number: 38
Bike: The bike I was planning on using is still missing a major part, the frame! So I will be taking on the SD using my Plan B bike - my trusty Reilly Spectre. To give this all-road bike some extra off-road chops, I switched out the 700c wheel at the front for a 650b one shod in 50mm tyres. #reversewheelmullet
Key items of kit: Outback I'll be hauling sleep kit and some fresh duds in a Tailfin AEROPACK. A frame bag takes care of daily essentials like a rain jacket, as well as electricals and spare lights. A top tube bag rounds out my trip of storage spots, and it'll be stashed full of snacks! I'll also be repping a race vest with a hydration bladder. And finally, Exposure lights front and back will take care of night time illumination.