Bikes of The Unknown Race 2023

Bikes of The Unknown Race 2023

6 April, 2023

Laurens Wolting

Name: Laurens Wolting

Age: 38

Cap number: 3

Location: Zwolle, The Netherlands

Bike: Van Nicholas Rowtag (Ti) with GRX Di2. Cogs: 11 speed with front: 48 & 31T and rear 11-34. Fenders to keep me dry, clean and happy: SKS Bluemels Primus Aerobar: Deda Parabolica Uno with Riser Kit (45mm). Tyres are Schwalbe One TLE 700x28c. Front wheel is a carbon custom build, unbranded with Son 28 Dynamo Hub and rear wheel is Zipp 303 Firecrest. Electronics are Supernova E3 Pro head and tail light. NC-17 Appcon 3000 USB charger and back-up lights from CatEye Volt 400/800 to see some more in the pitchdark descents.

Key items of kit: Framebag: Blackburn Outpost Elite and Tailfin Aeropack with Tailfin Cage pack holding down jacket and rain jacket still to decide which one and other stuff to keep warm and freshen up.. Apidura Backcountry Food Pouches on both sides and 2.5L in water bottles. I will bring some winter gloves (GripGrab Ride Waterproof) and less thick for less worse weather. Rain tight overshoes and thick ones to keep feet warm. Because of the weather I am for hotels and lodges, sleeping outside doesn't seem attractive this early in the year.

Gary Short

Name: Gary Short

Age: 41

Cap number: 13

Location: Athens, Greece

Bike: Peugeot PH10 1986 Carbolite steel frameset Donhou Cycles custom fork Shimano Tiagra 10 speed (50-34 crankset, 11-33 cassette) - the true group of the people Scribe FW, DT Swiss R551 laced to scribe hub. Schwalbe One tubeless 700x28c Shimano PD-EH500 dual platform pedals Specialized Romin Evo 142mm saddle

This steel beast maybe heavy but it laps up the KMs in a way only classic steel can, springy and spritly but supple enough to absorb road chatter coupled with the large tubeless tyres its set for pretty much anything the parcour throws at us

Key items of kit: Camelchops - Hump top tube bag - electronics Blimp 2.0 handle bar bag, mounted on aero bars - food and supplements Uneven Steven frame bag - extra clothing & hygiene kit + Rump tool bag

Restrap saddle bag - cold weather and emergency kit

Velo Tool UK - mini pump attached to bottle cage

3x bottle cages - 1 on each fork blade + 1 down tube (1.95litre max capcity)

Fenix BC21R V3.0 endurance front light Fenix BC05 V2.0 endurance rear light Garmin Edge 830 bike computer


Name: Jacob

Bike: Viner Maxima RS 4

Key items of kit: Made a video about the full setup:

Short list: Myog Framebag for clothes like my myog 78g DCF rain jacket, down jacket, arm warmers, leg warmers etc.

TT bag by my friend Max for snacks and a bunch of electronics

Small tool bag for spare tubes and tools

Clip on aerobars

I'm not sure if this will be comfortable enough but I wanted to keep the bike as close to it's "normal" condition as possible.

Matthew Clarke

Name: Matthew Clarke

Age: 47

Cap number: 19

Location: Bishop's Stortford, UK

Bike: Waltly titanium frame and Lightbicycle wheelset, from new. Most of the other stuff from eBay. Ultegra Di2 with 11-34t cassette. 46/30t subcompact oval chainrings. DIY climbing and sprint shifters.

Key items of kit: Spoked custom frame bag. Apidura expedition saddlebag. Lupine main light+power bank.

Flint Clarke

Name: Flint Clarke

Age: 14

Cap number: 20

Location: Bishop's Stortford, UK

Bike: Old used Specialized Roubaix, stripped and rebuilt with lighter eBay parts. Dura Ace Di2. TRP brakes, Abs Black sub compact ovals. DIY sprint and climbing shifters.

Key items of kit: Father, to carry extra items, and navigate.

Thomas Ettema

Name: Thomas Ettema

Age: 40

Cap number: 8

Location: Haarlem, Netherlands

Bike: Lester cycles LC18013 custom steel bike with a trusty mechanical 1x11 groupset and for this race some very nice Duke wheels with Son Dynamo and Hope RS4 hub. 34mm Schwalbe Pro One Tubeless tires to combine cush with speed. Sinewave Beacon for light and charging duties combined with a Supernova rear light. A mix of mostly Restrap bags with an old Revelate Pika seat bag. For this race going to add a trail running race vest to carry some more food for a French Easter weekend with possibly very little shops open....

Key items of kit: My Wahoo in combination with Komoot to hopefully help me get to checkpoint 1, wherever that may be.... And a very minimal emergency Bivi if I won't be able to find any hotels.

Claudia Decker

Name: Claudia Decker

Age: 38

Cap number: 29

Location: Dresden, Germany

Bike: I ride my beloved Sour Clueless. Wheels: DT Swiss 460 with DT Swiss 350 Hub and a Son Hub Dynamo in the front, 28 mm Schwalbe pro One tubless. The rest is a wild mix of tiagra, 105 and ultegra components.

Key items of kit: -Apidura saddle bag and toptube bag, small handlebar bag from Sundlin Bags (Berlin) -for charching: Busch & Müller USB-Werk -main lights: Supernova E3 Tripple front light, Son rear light -extra lights: Lezyne 115 pro (front), Lezyne stripe pro 300 (rear) -navigation: Garmin 1040 and as backup: Poco M3

Joe Eustace

Name: Joe Eustace

Age: 22

Cap number: 11

Location: Bristol

Bike: Genesis Croix de fer

Key items of kit: Alpkit bivvy and sleepingbag Thermarest sleeping pad SP dynamo hub, Igaro V2 charger Exposure lights Karoo hammerhead 2 Dad's bike bags

Wouter Van der Hallen

Name: Wouter Van der Hallen

Age: 38

Cap number: 7

Location: Antwerp

Bike: Kinesis Aithein aluminium frame, built with Campagnolo Chorus 12sp Disc groupset. The Canyon VCLS seatpost and SMP Dynamic saddle offer ultimate comfort. The Shamal wheels and Hutchinson Sector 28mm clincher tires are the same combo I ran across the horrendous Drumul Strategic road and to the finish of TCRNo8 without a single puncture.

Key items of kit: A set of Cyclite bags containing a.o. a Klymit pad, Mountain Hardwear sleeping bag and RAB bivi. Battery powered Supernova M99 front lamp, bar-end mirror (left) and -bell (right). I wear a Pedaled Hydrovest as a reminder to keep drinking. The pièce de résistance is the Silca Tattico pump.

Kurt Verheyden

Name: Kurt Verheyden

Age: 51

Cap number: cap 67

Location: Lokeren / Belgium

Bike: Bike: PlanetX Kaffenback Groupset: Sram force 10sp Wheels: Stealth 3.0 Light system: Busch+Müller USB-Werk / SP 8 dynamo hub / Supernova E3 Drink system: Profile design

Key items of kit: Bags: Altura saddlebag / Framebag & fuel pod from Alpkit. Sleeps system: Sea to summit sleeping pad with a bivibag. Backup light: Ledlenser P3 CORE Hi-visibility clothes : Raceviz / WOWOW


Name: Alex

Age: 35

Cap number: 18

Location: Marseille bébé

Bike: Origine Graxx2

Key items of kit: In the front : luxury sleep system with mattress, sleeping bag and even a pillow. In the back : cold and wet weather riding kit In the middle : electronics, repair kit and hygiene

Anatole Naimi

Name: Anatole Naimi

Age: 23

Cap number: 27

Location: Liege, Belgium

Bike: Jaegher ascender pure stainless steel. Handcrafted in Belgium. Ultegra di2 2×11 (52-36 11-34) Wheels campagnolo Bora wto 45 Hutchinson fusion 28mm tubeless

Key items of kit: Ena bags saddle bag Ena bags framebag Enabag food pouch


Name: Maxime CHAGNEAU

Age: 23

Cap number: 68

Location: Paris, france

Bike: Canyon ultimate CF SL7

Key items of kit: Shimano 105 - 52/36 & 11/30 Road pedals, no powermeter Carbon wheels 50mm - GP5000 28mm

More infos and accuracy about the gears on my lighter pack

Jair Hoogland

Name: Jair Hoogland

Age: 38

Cap number: 1

Location: Utrecht, the Netherlands

Bike: My bike is a J. Guillem Orient Dura Ace DI2 Disc Road Bike. Tyre choice: Continental 5000 GP 32mm The bike is equipped with SON Dynamo hub and Supernova Lights

Key items of kit: I stow my luggage in three different bags

  • Handlebar bag of which contains mostly food.
  • A framebag which contains electronics, repair kits and some stuff for personal hygiene
  • A saddle bag which contains extra clothes in cause of bad / cold weather.

Joel Karolin

Name: Joel Karolin

Age: 27

Cap number: 50

Location: Biel/Bienne, Switzerland

Bike: Scott Addict RC Supersonic (XXL), Shimano Ultegra Di2 2x12 speed with power meter, DT Swiss ERC 1100 Dicut 45, Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR 28 mm

Key items of kit: I will use Apidura Racing Series Bags to store all my belongings. The top tube bag and the pouch are stuffed only with food ;P The frame bag is filled with emergency equipment, spares and power banks. The saddle bag carries my rain jacket, shoe covers and lightweight sleeping bag. In addition, I wear an Apidura hydration vest. For navigation, I'm equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 Plus. During the night Exposure Lights will do their job.

Linda Farczadi

Name: Linda Farczadi

Age: 37

Cap number: 42

Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

Bike: Open MIN.D

Key items of kit: DT Swiss Mon Chasseral Wheels Rotor Aldhu Carbon Cranks 165cm SQ Labs 312 R Handlebar Garmin Edge 1040 Solar Apidura Race setup (saddle bag, framebag, top tube bag) + food pouch Extra watts from recent bike fit by @physio_bike_swiss

Philippe Béchet

Name: Philippe Béchet

Age: 38

Cap number: 43

Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

Bike: Scott Addict RC

Key items of kit: ZIPP 303 Firecrest Wheels Apidura Race setup (saddle bag, frame bag, and top tube bag) Exposure Strada front light Garmin Edge 1040 Solar Bike from @rochat_cycles_switzerland

Hannah Ghazi-Idrissi

Name: Hannah Ghazi-Idrissi

Age: 26

Cap number: 24

Location: Innsbruck

Bike: BMC Teammachine SLR01 THREE

Key items of kit: Ultegra Di2 12-speed, Deda Parabolica Aerobars, Apidura Racing Packs (2L Top Tube, 4L Frame Pack, 7L Saddle Pack), Lupine Piko

Jesko von Werthern

Name: Jesko von Werthern

Age: 39

Cap number: 55

Location: Taunus, Germany

Bike: Specialized Roubaix

Key items of kit: I'm riding my trusty Roubaix with 32 mm GP5000 tyres, SON dynamo hub and Apidura bags. The setup has served me well on the infamous TCR parcours in Romania, so I hope it should also be able to deal with anything evil the Unknown Race organizers have thought up. The bags contain snacks, tools and a few warm layers. Looking forward to getting lost.

Patrick Doupe

Name: Patrick Doupe

Age: 41

Cap number: 4

Location: Berlin

Bike: Bonanno Italo Disco Road

Key items of kit: Komoot app to find my way to checkpoints.

Rubén Montero

Name: Rubén Montero

Age: 24

Cap number: 53

Location: Lille

Bike: Marinoni Piuma Supreme

Key items of kit: AKIN bags and Alpkit bags Sleeping bag and inflatable mattress Warm and waterproof clothing Food Tools …

Joost Hess

Name: Joost Hess

Age: 38

Cap number: 30

Location: Delft, Netherlands

Bike: Enigma Escape with Shimano GRX 2x11, Zipp 303s wheels with Schwalbe Pro One 30mm tyres

Key items of kit: Wayward Riders Louise Saddle harness with Alpkit drybag, BBB framebag and Restrap top tube bag. Lezyne lights with 20mha powerbank + backup. Wahoo roam for potential route. Summer sleeping bag and mat combined with bivy bag and all clothing will hopefully keep me warm

Nils Kamminga

Name: Nils Kamminga

Age: 27

Cap number: 52

Location: Igualada, Barcelona, Spain

Bike: B'twin Ultra AF GF

Key items of kit: Bags: Full custom set of Akin Soft Goods bags (8L front + 8L back drybags on Akin harnesses)

Sleep: Marmot never winter sleeping bag, silk liner, forclaz inflatable mat.

Lights: SON 28 dynamo with B&M IQ-X and μ lights (+ cycle2charge charger)

Others: Deda parabolica aerobars, Brooks c13 saddle, jar of 100% natural peanut butter.

David Geraci

Name: David Geraci

Age: 38

Cap number: 48

Location: Switzerland

Bike: Canyon Ultimate SLX

Key items of kit: Nitecore BR25 front lights Nitecore NU05 v2 rear lights Apidura Racing top tup bag Apidura Racing saddle bag

Jan-Willem Bobbink

Name: Jan-Willem Bobbink

Age: 35

Cap number: 26

Location: The Hague, Netherlands

Bike: Mason Resolution 2023 SRAM Force AXS GP5000 32mm Brook Cambium C15 Carved saddle Hunt 48 Limitless carbon wheels

Key items of kit: Garmin 830 Edge Apidura saddlebag with set of dry clothes Emergency blanket Stroopwafels Tiewraps Lezyne 1000XL frontlights Xtorm 20000mh powerbank

Valentin Ogrzewalla

Name: Valentin Ogrzewalla

Age: 25

Cap number: 25

Location: Freiburg, Germany

Bike: Frame: Stevens Easton R-P-R 4 Racer Groupset: Shimano Ultegra Rims: Mavic CXP 30 Tires: Continental Grand Prix 4 Seasons 25 mm Saddle: Brooks B17

Key items of kit: Sleeping System: Inner tent, camping mat, sleeping bag Lights: Shutter Precision dynamo, B&M Luxos U frontlight, Trelock backlight

Julien Roissard

Name: Julien Roissard

Age: 34

Cap number: 17

Location: Saint-Sulpice, Savoie, France

Bike: Bike: Aloueta bespoke steel frame, Campagnolo Ekar 42t chainring with 9-42t cassette. Mavic Cosmic SL32 with SON dynamo hub. Custom cockpit Aloueta: stem and aerobar in one part.

Key items of kit: Helmut bags, Sinewave Beacon front light and SON rear light.

Jonathan Stuyven

Name: Jonathan Stuyven

Age: 33

Cap number: 14

Location: Antwerp - Belgium

Bike: Van Nicholas Skeiron with Shimano Ultegra. Hunt Superdura wheels with SONDdelux dynamo hub with Conti GP5000 28 mm tires on. Profile Design aero bars Zipp handle bars, stem & seat post. PRO Stealth saddle

Key items of kit: Apidura Race Top tube pack (2l) and Race frame pack (4l) - Ortlieb Saddle bag (17l) and probably will add a Btwin food pouch and wear a hydration vest. Wahoo Roam V2 + old Bolt as a backup KLite switch & USB charger + Supernova M99 dy pro & E3. Lezeyne backup lights MAAP kit, merino base layer, Rapha leg warmers and Fingers Crossed around the feet and shoes. Extra bib: Assos Mille GT. Winter gloves and spring gloves (both Grip Grap) Heavy duty rain jacket (Jack Wolfskin) and Down Jacket (who knows wich snowy mountain tops they will serve us) Bivy and light sleeping bag. Standard tools & hygiëne stuff. And... a lot of candy!

Tomas Kovacs

Name: Tomas Kovacs

Cap number: 58

Bike: dolan pre cursa in a trackpacking fit, h+son rims on blb king and mental bmx hubs, 51x17/22 gearing, orbita turbine chainring, miche cogs, izumi chain, brooks c15 saddle, time atac pedals, ortlieb seat and frame bag, riverside feedbag

Key items of kit: riser bars with SQLabs innerbarends and deda/decathlon mashup aerobars, jbl clip 3 for night riding and morale boost, topeak ratchet multitool, wishbone bottle holder/seatbag stabilizer, fenix lights front/rear/head, sealskinz waterproof socks, wahoo elemnt, in/out quickcharge powerbank

Paul Niehoff

Name: Paul Niehoff

Age: 34

Cap number: 49

Location: Dresden, Germany

Bike: Canyon Endurace SLX 2018, Shimano Dura-Ace group with 50/34 chainrings and 11/36 cassette, custom wheels with Son dynamo and Continental GP5000 32 mm tubeless tyres.

Key items of kit: Smartphone and Garmin Edge 830 for unknown route planing, Apidura Race saddle pack for warm clothes in cold Lyon, Expedition frame pack for food and smaller stuff, Supernova M99 Dy front light.

Gaspar Rodriguez

Name: Gaspar Rodriguez

Age: 36

Cap number: 38

Location: Amsterdam

Bike: Look KG251 from 1995, Shimano Dura Ace 7900 groupset and Corima Wheels.

Key items of kit: AGU Venture pack.

Gina Monzón

Name: Gina Monzón

Age: 31

Cap number: 45

Bike: Cannondale Topstone

Key items of kit: Seat bag, frame bag, handlebar bag.


Name: Kilian

Age: 25

Cap number: 31

Location: Germany

Bike: Sauvage bicycles

Key items of kit: Titanium frame with apidura frame bag, ortlieb Seat bag, restrap top tube bag.

Niklas Taffner

Name: Niklas Taffner

Age: 30

Cap number: 46

Location: Saarbrücken, Germany

Bike: LaPierre Crosshill 500, Sram Rival and Continental 5000 32mm slick tyres.

Key items of kit: Frontbag, seatbag, framebag, toptube, foodpouches.