Bikes of Trans Pyrenees Race 2022

Bikes of Trans Pyrenees Race 2022

13 July, 2022

On this weekend's Pyrenean odyssey menu is 1,500km of tarmac and gravel traversing the Spanish, Andorran and French Pyrenees from west to east, and back. Have a browse of riders' chosen rigs and equipment lists to tackle this free route with plenty of climbing.

Jana Kesenheimer

Name: Jana Kesenheimer

Age: 28

Cap number: 60

Location: Innsbruck, Austria

Bike: Specialized Aethos Ultegra Di2 (2020)

Key items of kit: The it-piece for my small frame (49) is the WoHo saddle bag stabilizer. The Ortlieb frame bag fills my triangle perfectly. And I even mounted a bell on my aero bars #withthelaw. I also have three jackets with me - the peaks around Innsbruck are white!

William Butterworth

Name: William Butterworth

Age: 65

Cap number: Not yet known

Location: Nottingham

Bike: Kinesis Tripster ATR Titanium 58cm frame, Truvativ 42/28 chain ring, Shimano Deore rear derailleur with 11-36 cassette. Bar end shifters, Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres, Fizik Terra Argo X3 saddle. Profile design Sonic aero bars. Son 28 front hub dynamo powering front and rear lights. Garmin Edge 830 computer. Shimano SPD pedals.

Key items of kit: I'm using Restrap bike packing kit and Gorilla cage front fork panniers. In the seat post bag I have a Rab Ridge Raider bivvi, sleep mat, a half sleeping bag and thermal jacket and bag liner. Front left fork bag - First aid kit, tool kit, spares and gel store. Front right fork bag - spare clothing, Aero bar bag - waterproof/ cold weather gear. Frame bag - battery bank/cables, phone, hard copy course, spare food and other general stuff. Top frame bag - food. Lucky item is a pot of chamois cream!

Kim Madsen

Name: Kim Madsen

Age: 48

Cap number: 83

Location: Denmark

Bike: Cube Agree C:62. Going tubeless on 32mm tyres.

Key items of kit: Apidura full frame bag and long top tube. And Ortlieb saddle and handlebar backs. Using power banks for electricity and a 2L hydro bag for water. A Supernova for main front light and a Garmin Varia for backlight.

Patrick Besson

Name: Patrick Besson

Age: 48

Cap number: 108

Location: Rambouillet, France

Bike: Origine Axxome GTR Evo. Zipp 303 Firecrest wheels with 32 mm tubeless Teravail Rampart Durable tyres. Specialized Romin Evo mirror saddle.

Key items of kit: Apidura and Restrap bags. K-Lite gravel light kit with Son Deluxe dynamo and pass through power bank. Garmin Edge 1040 Solar. Alpkit Kloke bivy, Sea to Summit Spark SPII sleeping bag, 3 seasons sleeping mat Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite. PEdALED and Rapha clothes, GoreTex Shakedry waterproof jacket.

Alexander Kopp

Name: Alexander Kopp

Age: 35

Cap Number: 14

Location: Innsbruck, Austria

Bike: Specialized Aethos, Beast Components LRS, Shimano Di2 48/32 - 11/36. Continental 5000 GP 32mm tyres and Rotor Aldhu Crank.

Key items of kit: Tailfin bags and rack, Cumulus sleeping bag/bivi, Lupine light system and warm/and rain clothes from 7mesh. Frame bag contains spares for bike and body and lots of space for snacks. Top tube bag is for electronic and tools. Primary package is for all the rest.

Hendra Wijaya

Name: Hendra Wijaya

Age: 56

Location: Bogor, Indonesia

Bike: Canyon Endurace CF SLX 9 Di2. Drivetrain Rotor Inspider 46T/30T, 12 speed 11-34T. Wheels DT Swiss ERC 1100 DiCut 45. Tyres Continental GP 5000 S TR 32-622. Saddle Fizik Antares Versus R1.

Key items of kit: Son 28 Dynamo Hub, Front light: K-Lite & Lupine Neo on helmet. Rear light: K-Lite & Nebula. GPS Garmin 1040 Solar & Suunto 9 Peak. Iphone 13 pro.

BAGS: Custom frame bag made by EIGER. Apidura: seat pack and top tube bag.

GEAR HIGHLIGHT: Montbell : down jacket, water/wind proof jacket, bivy, down pants, Q36,5 : long salopette Li X bib tight, jersey, shoes, shoe cover, socks, glove and cap. PEdALED : jersey, gloves, etc.

Kate Baker

Name: Kate Baker

Age: 27

Cap number: 69 👀

Location: Sheffield, UK

Bike: Sonder Camino Al

Key items of kit: Waterproof socks, iPod Classic, eye mask.

Ian MacNab

Name: Ian MacNab

Age: 66

Cap number: #56

Location: Hebden Bridge, UK.

Bike: On-One Pickenflick Ti Cross frame, DIY build with carbon forks and wheels (SP dynamo Front, Hope rear). Gearing is 11s 40x10-42. Tyres are Specialized Roubaix 32mm tubeless.

Key items of kit: Bags by Bedrock, Restrap, and DIY. Sleeping system - goretex bivvy and thermarest. Lighting - Exposure Revo, Joystick, and Redeye, Cateye Orbs. Navigation - Wahoo Bolt + spare. Clothing - a mix of Pactimo and Endura.

Graham Steward (aka GrantF)

Name: Graham Steward (aka GrantF)

Age: 55

Cap number: 46

Location: Bristol, UK

Bike: Pinnacle Arkose 4 parts bin special. Mullet drivetrain - mix of SRAM, KMC, Shimano 105, Ultegra & Deore - 11,10 & 9 speed. 650B 42mm Rene Herse tyres on remaindered Pacenti TL28 rims, with an Alpkit LoveMud dynamo for power.

But it's also got nice velo orange mudguards .... :-)

Key items of kit: I've stuffed lots of layers into Apidura saddle and frame bags, and snacks in the Restrap bar bag. I'm taking a SOL emergency bivvy, but I'll mainly be hotelling it because it'll be too cold for decent sleep outside.

For navigation I'll be relying on my Garmin eTrex, with an Edge 810, and my phone for backup.

Russell Kesley

Name: Russell Kesley

Age: 4

Cap number: 120

Location: South East London

Bike: Passoni Topforce, Rat Race wheels, Rotor Chainset 52/36t with 32t cassette. Son Dynamo hub.

Key items of kit: Food pouches and musette. Ibuprofen and paracetamol. Gloves and Alpkit straps.

Christian van Rens

Name: Christian van Rens

Age: 40

Cap number: 146b

Location: Cologne/Bergisches Land, Germany

Bike: Fairlight Secan 2.5, SRAM Rival Axis 46/33; 10-36t. Wheels are Duke Worldrunner with Chris King Hubs and Panaracer 35mm tyres. Brooks C13 saddle, Thomson and Whisky parts.

Key items of kit: Bags are Apidura, Custom Baby Legs bags and Wizard Works. Navigation is Wahoo Bolt 2 and Fidlock Smartphone mount. Keego bottle. Sleep system: Western mountaineering sleeping bag, Exped Synmat and Mountain Equipment bivy. Lights are Lupine Piko and Lupine Rotlicht, with Supernova Airstream back up light.

Sjoerd Witjes

Name: Sjoerd Witjes

Age: 41

Cap number: 127

Location: The Hague, Netherlands

Bike: Canyon Ultimate Cf SL Di2 (2018)

Key items of kit: Bags are Tailfin Rack and Apidura top-tube pack, small frame pack and food pouch. Lights / electronics: Hunt dynamo wheel, Son Edelux II front light, wired B+M rear light with back-up Lezyne Macro Drive and Rear Strip. B+M E-Werk converter. Garmin Edge 530 with a back-up eTrex 30x.

Lukas Franciszkiewicz

Name: Lukas Franciszkiewicz

Age: 35

Cap number: 79

Location: German/ based in Switzerland

Bike: I'll be riding my Open UP with a Shimano 2x GRX groupset, 11-40t cassette and 32mm Conti GP5000 tyres. In terms of bags I am running a frame pack, long top tube pack and a dry bag mounted with a voile strap as a saddle pack.

Key items of kit: My Reggaeton playlist for the times when I have to dig deep.

Julien Roissard

Name: Julien Roissard

Age: 33

Cap number: 30

Location: Chambéry, France

Bike: Aloueta bespoke steel frame, Campagnolo Ekar 42t chainring with 9-42t cassette. Mavic Cosmic SL32 wheels with SON dynamo hub. Fizik Aliante R3 saddle. Custom cockpit Aloueta: integrated stem and aerobar.

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

Samuel Thompson

Name: Samuel Thompson

Age: 33

Cap number: 2

Location: Sheffield, UK

Bike: Custom Field Cycles steel frame, Sheaf Bike Wheels 35mm carbon rims, SON dynamo, 32mm GP5000 TR tyres, Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset (50-34 x 34-11) and lots of yellow bits.

Key items of kit: Restrap Adventure Race bags & Tailfin V-Mount pack. A bell to ward off the stray horses & bears. Extra straps to attach baguettes in creative places.

Byron Buck

Name: Byron Buck

Age: 38

Cap number: 24

Location: Derby, UK

Bike: For TPR, I'll be riding my Ribble CGR Titanium. It's a great "do anything" bike which I use for most of my long distance riding. It's slightly on the heavy side, but I've ridden this thing at mountain bike trail centres so know that it should be robust enough for the rigours of TPR.

Key items of kit: My bags are a mixture of Ortlieb, Alpkit and Profile and I simultaneously feel that I carry too much and not enough - I haven't been brave enough to forgo bivvy kit of some kind. For lighting I've gone with dynamo lighting front and rear, given the long nights we'll be facing, with a decent powered battery light up front so I can properly light up those descents. Luxury item: 1 spare pair of shorts. Most essential item: small mascot on my top tube bag to remind me, when I'm really struggling, that it's only a bike ride and I'm here for fun after all.

Max Prieur

Name: Max Prieur

Age: 35

Cap number: 31

Location: Tosse, France

Bike: 3T Strada, Hed 60mm wheels, SRAM Force AXS with 10-44 xplr cogs, Rotor crank 48t oval ring, pedals Shimano XTR and custom Fastclub paint of course !

Key items of kit: All Miss Grape bags, Internode 3L and Cluster 7L, Exposure light and coffee in the bag. Bivy for sleeping, blanket, knife and hoodies!

William Dunk

Name: William Dunk

Age: 32

Cap number: 142

Location: London, UK

Bike: OPEN U.P.

Key items of kit: Snacks and headphones.

Michael Scale

Name: Michael Scale

Age: 27

Cap number: 90

Location: Koblenz, Germany

Bike: Canyon Endurace SLX Framset with h31 Ergo Cockpit and VCLS Flex Seatpost. Front Wheel with Son dynamo hub+AppCon GT 3000 Battery and rear Fulcrum Speed 25 wheel with 30mm Vittoria Corsa Control tubeless tyres. Gears are Shimano GRX 48/31 crankset and 11-34t casette with Ultegra RX di2 rear derailleur.

Key items of kit: Bags are Tailfin with side mounts (amazing!), Canyon top tube bag, Canyon handlebar bag, Agu Snack Pack and Tailfin BB Bag. For sleep Decathlon Sleeping pad, Cumulus Bivi, Sea to Summit sleeping bag and down jacket from my mum ;). Lights are Lupine SL AF Nano front light, Lupine Rotlicht Max rear light, Integrated Canyon Flash 800 front light + Wahoo mount, Knog Rear light. What I love the most: The non-matching green and gold reflective tape + my 1l snack pack, which will packed with 1l of nuts and dry fruits.

Jamie Lowden

Name: Jamie Lowden

Age: 36

Cap number: 59

Location: Pau, France

Bike: Stolen Garage Custom Frame and paint work by Fin Skillen (Stolen Garage). WattShop Minimoi extensions and armrests, Protens 35 Wheels, C-Bear T47 bottom bracket, CeramicSpeed OSPW

Key items of kit: Apidura Bags.

Juan Miri

Name: Juan Miri

Age: 45

Cap number: 93

Location: Paris

Bike: Cannondale SuperSix Exo, Shimano Dura-Ace groupset, Profile Design bars, Hunt wheels, Challenge Stada Bianca 700-30, Crank 50-34 Hollowgram, casette 11-32t and Selle San Marco saddle.

Key items of kit: Apidura bags, Knog Pwr front light, Knog Pwr rear light, Minoura bottle cage.

Stéphane Große-Lüger

Name: Stéphane Große-Lüger

Age: 52

Cap number: 130

Location: Velbert , Germany

Bike: Canyon Endurace with Reynolds Carbon Wheels and groupset is Shimano Ultegra & GRX.

Key items of kit: Sea to Summit Matress & Sleeping Bag , Mammut Bivi, Patagonia Downjacket, Castelli Rain Jacket, Mammut Rain Pants… Bags a mix of Apidura & Ortlieb. Hygienic stuff and rescue blanket.