Bikes of TransIbérica 2021

Bikes of TransIbérica 2021

11 August, 2021

Simon De Schutter

Age: 32

Location: Kigali, Rwanda & Brussels, Belgium

Cap number: 49

Your bike: Canyon Grizl CF SL8 and wheels are HUNT 48 Limitless.

Your key items of kit: Mix of Tailfin (rear), Apidura (Frame) and Topeak (Top Tube). Kit is pretty basic, planning to sleep mainly hotels so not packing a sleeping bag, just an ultra light bivy. Most importantly, could easily carry up to 3 liters of water :).

Rainer Dobrinkat

Age: 59

Location: Stuttgart, Germany

Cap number: 44

Your bike: Kinesis GTD, Shimano 105, SON Delux Dynamo, Appcon3000 to charge my phone and my GPS. Frontlight SON Edelux 2 and tail light Supernova E3 and outside of cities additionally a See.sense Ace taillight in flash mode. Syntace C3 aerobars, Gear ratio 50-34, 36-11.

Your key items of kit: 2 Jerseys and 2 Bibs from Maisch Sportswear, their pads are working very well for me. Patagonia Micro Puff hoody if it's cold in the night and for sleeping if necessary. Rain jacket is a Shakedry, arm and leg warmers. No jacket, hey, it's sunny Spain (hopefully)! For sleeping a MLD Event Soul bivy, Sea To Summit Extralight thermo mat and just a thin hut sleeping bag. I use a Lyzene Mega XL GPS for navigation. I bought it, because they promised a battery runtime of 48 hours. In my case it's only around 24 hrs. Because it's anyway needed and for backup I use my mobile with Komoot. Sleeping gear will be packed in a dry bag attached with a hook-and-loop tape to the drop bars. Clothing, additional food, toiletries etc go into the saddle bag. The frame bag is used for spare parts and things oftenly used. I can't put a lot of things into the frame bag because my knees hit the bag easily.

Pawel (Piko) Paluwski

Age: 38

Location: Wroclaw, Poland

Cap number: 42

Your bike: Fame is a Hultaj Handmade Columbus ZONA/HSS/SPIRIT with Dedacciai F-61 DB forks. Front whee is H+SON The Hydra with Son Deluxe Hub and Sapim CX-RAY spokes. Rear wheel is a ZIPP 404 Firecrest. Tyres Michelin Power Road TLC 700x28m. Shimano Ultegra R8000 50-34/11-34T, brakes are TRP Spyre Mechanical, seatpost is a Deda SUPERLEGGERO. Saddle is Aspide Supercomfort Racing Wide. Headset: is a Cane Creek. Pedals are Look Keo2Max. Stem is a Deda SUPERLEGGERO with Deda Zero 100 handlebars and PRO Missile TT bars. Paintwork is by Dreamworkers

Your key items of kit: Bags are from SZOSA and Blahol (handmade in Warsaw). Snugpack BIVVI and liner with emergency blanket. Power bank GreenCell PowerPlay10. Supernova E3 Triple lights set (with Mactronic battery emergency light set). Garmin eTrex 32x with spare AA Lithium. SPOT Gen3 with spare AAA Lithium. Mobile phone with Quadlock mount. Cycling outfit from Assos Poland: bibs and jersey EQUIPE RS Pro Series, Schlosshund jacket, leg foil and arm warmers, GT Mille long and no-sleeve vest, gloves and Lake Assos Cycling slippers. Specialized Evade 2 helmet. Follow My Challenge 0.7L water bottles. Small repair kit with two spare, chain pin and Morgan Blue oil, zip-ties, bit of ducktape and Polaris strap. Multivitamin, electrolytes tablets, ASSOS chamois, toothbrush and toothpaste and a spork.

Eric Cooper

Age: 34

Location: Seattle, US

Cap number: 15

Your bike: OPEN U.P.P.E.R, DIY custom-painted in my backyard, SRAM AXS mullet build kit with 46T in the front and 10x50T in the back, Hunt dynamo wheelset running tubeless WTB 35mm tires, and a Supernova light up front with a Sinewave Revolution for USB charging.

Your key items of kit: PEdALED jersey and bib, including an Odyssey bib w/ >6K miles on it, a bivy with layers and emergency blankets for sleeping, and a Wahoo Bolt for navigation. Montbell thermal jacket, rain jacket, and sleep system are in the saddle bag. Frame bag has tools, spare parts, first-aid, and electronics. Arm warmers, leg warmers, full-fingered gloves, extra socks, wind vest, musette, and a hygiene kit are all up front. The Alamo top-tube bag is for the wallet, food, and phone.

Jacobo Sánchez

Age: 45

Location: Miranda de Ebro, Spain

Cap number:

Your bike: Scott Addict 10 gravel disc, carbon. Tubeless ready. 2X12 speeds (46/33 x 10-33) SRAM eTap.

Your key items of kit: Saddle bag Apidura 9 litros. 2 Bolsas de tubo superior, de 2,5 litros y 0.9litros. Esterilla hinchable y saco/manta de emergencia. GPS Garmin eTrex 30 con pilas AA de repuesto. Led Solar StormX2 con batería recargable (8 pilas 18650 de 3000mAh). Frontal Led Tactikka en el casco con pilas AAA de repuesto y batería recargable. Cargadores y cables. Ropa: casco Kask y gafas Koo photocromatic con lentes claras de recambio. Equipación Gobik de verano y de inverno. Zapatillas Catlike. Botiquín: nada. Herramienta: torx 25, aceite cadena, obús y cámara repuesto.

Ulrich „uba“ Bartholmoes

Age: 35

Location: Munich, Germany

Cap number: 54

Your bike: I'm riding on a OPEN U.P.P.E.R. – a custom build 2020 setup which I call “LA MACCHINA” with Lightweight Meilenstein EVO Rims powered by a Rotor 2inPower with 52/36 and 32-11 Shimano Dura Ace Groupset. All the stuff I need I carry in Apidura Race Series Kit. To light up the night I swear on Supernova Lights. Without luggage my bike has less than 7kg – helps me to love climbing a lot 😊

Your key items of kit: The main aspect of my whole setup is to keep it light and simple! On the bike I consequently use only the lightest parts – but already proven in harsh conditions. I use a minimalistic and also super lightweight Apidura Kit for my luggage with clothes in the saddle bag, food and spareparts in the Top-Tube- and Frame packs. I'll use the newly introduced Aero-Handlebar Pack as well to carry my sleeping equipment. Most of all, I love the Apidura Musette which I carry on the seatpost – I use it a lot on the quick refuel-stops to grab as much food as I can 😊.

Fanny Bensussan

Age: 36

Location: Paris, France

Cap number: 18

Your bike: Jolie Rouge Cycles / Columbus Life steel frame, Columbus Futura carbon fork, Shimano Ultegra, hydraulic brakes, White Industry 50/34 crankset, White Industry rear hub, Dynamo Son 28 front hub, DT Swiss RR421 rims, Sinewave front light, Thomson X2 stem, Thomson Masterpiece seatpost, Ergon ST ProWomen saddle and 3T Ultimate Performance Tbars.

Your key items of kit: Helmut Equipment bags. Saddle bag for sleeping gear, warm clothes and extra kit from DHB, handlebar bag for extra layers of clothing, food pouch for food (obviously) and frame bag for tools. I always carry a musette, it is like a large pocket to carry more food, it becomes a pillow at night, it comes handy in any circumstances.

Kike Medina Galán

Age: 34

Location: Madrid, Spain

Cap number: 31

Your bike: Named Bruce Willis, the bike is a BH, Race One second hand, built with aluminum and carbon (seatstay and fork), vision team30 wheels, rim breaks (save them all), Shimano mixed group (Sora, 105, Ultegra). Double wrapped handlebar tape.

Your key items of kit: Seatpost saddlebag (sleeping things and clothes), in the frame and a top tube bag (bike tools, electronic stuff, body stuff). To sleep, I have an inflatable mattress and bivouac cover, some clothing (tights, raincoat, thermal shirt, sleeves, vest, two culottes and two mallots, flip flops, four pairs of socks). I carry a cycling computer with the track, three front lights (one of them in the helmet) and two rear lights. All rechargeable by usb with two power banks. As I don't have sponsors I don't say items brands. And a million thanks to my mates of @fixi.dixi and @biciclestandem for their unconditional support and help.

Niall Doggett

Age: 36

Location: Leinster, Ireland

Cap number: 37

Your bike: Cannondale Supersix, SRAM AXS Force & Rival 1x12, VAP Butterfly 2 handlebar system, S-works Power saddle, Panaracer Gravel King slick tyres 28mm.

Your key items of kit: Mixture of bags from different brands all chosen for their size/details. Sleep system up front, clothing in saddle bag, food and electronics in frame bags. Power bank and solar panel for power charging. Packing some shamrocks ☘️ for good luck!!

Cezary Urzyczyn

Age: 50

Location: Warsaw, Poland

Cap number: 10

Your bike: Specialized Roubaix, Roval wheels, disc brakes and Ortlieb bags.

Your key items of kit: Garmin Edge 1030 Plus and Garmin eTrex 30X.

Malte Hager

Age: 35

Location: Cologne, Germany

Cap number: 33

Your bike: Rose Pro DX Cross 2015, but I lovingly just call her "Rose“ ❤️. Rose runs on SRAM Force22 (disc) and has an alloy frame and carbon fork. Her custom compiled gearing of 46/33 (front) and 12-36 (rear) will hopefully get me up allll the climbs while still allowing me to pick just the right cadence/force at any point (no large gear jumps). For comfort, Rose is equipped with Conti GP5000 tubeless tyres in 32mm, a Redshift ShockStop suspension stem, Profile Design T4 aero bars, a Specialized Power saddle and gel pads under the bar tape. I decorated Rose with tons of reflective tape, but my favourite accessories are still: a little rear mirror and my beloved bell that is modestly hidden under Rose's elbow pads. Sometimes it goes off accidentally and then it’s as if Rose and I are having a vivid conversation; yes, that’s how lonely it can get on the road sometimes.

Your key items of kit: This season's colours are turquoise/orange for the summery Miamy look that I think will fit the Spanish heat. Additionally, I'll bring a light pink merino Buff for that extra bit of quirky but homey living room flair and for its versatility (remove sweat from my eyes & warm my ears at night). My bedroom consists of a bivy, light mat & silk liner + boxers & shirt dedicated to clean sleeping. My Wahoo Elemnt (+ phone backup) in combination with a SON dynamo hub and Edelux II light will show me the way while an Igaro D2 USB-charger and a 13000mAh powerbank will make sure I never run out of juice. A carefully curated bike-mech/spare-parts compartment (incl. rear derailleur hanger & spokes) and babywipes/chamois cream/ointment will rule out most show-stopping technological or biological malfunctions. The bags are arranged to reduce the frontal area (aero) and optimize accessibility: 2 food pouches in-line between the aerobars, a fuel tank behind them, small frame triangle to still make 2x 1L bottles fit, and my newest acquisition: a Tailfin rack & trunkbag. There is additional information on my blog

David Herranz Perez


Location: Madrid, Spain

Cap number: 11

Your bike: My bike is a BMC Roadmachine 01 with SRAM Red eTap Wifli 52-34 x 11-32.

Your key items of kit: In my Tailfin I will carry as much as I can including winter clothes but in this time my idea is not sleep I carry a "colchoneta de aire" and a powerbank of 50,000mAh (energy is important for me). Good luck for everyone!

Nuño González Rebaque

Age: 22

Location: Milano, Italy. Originally from Astorga, León, Spain

Cap number: 40

Your bike: WRC Conor spirit x 2015 (it's the frame I started competing with, when I was 15), standard Deda aluminum frame with full Ultegra 6800 group, Ultegra R8000 rear derailleur, Rotor Q rings 53-36, weird 14-34 Miche cassette, Pro 30 aero bars .

Your key items of kit: Other than pretty traditional bag choices I have an ultralight waterproof pvc DIY frame bag. Most of my clothing is old Ride Argyle gear bought from pros. I plan to sleep outside for most of the journey so I have kind of a luxury setup, with a bivy, an ultralight air mat, a sleeping bag and even a thermal blanket. I also have some apparently unnecessary items like a pair of teva sandals to fight the pain of an old heel injury or my king size chamois cream, because I care about my butt.

Bruno Ferraro

Age: 33

Location: Bassano del Grappa, Italia

Cap number: 09

Your bike: Galetti Terra (steel handbuilt frame)

Your key items of kit: My Pasol jersey which I consider lucky and I will navigate with my trusted Garmin eTrex.

Harald Lenud-Pilc

Age: 25

Location: Montreuil, France

Cap number: 24

Your bike: Genesis Volare 853, Ultegra with 2x11 (11-34), rear hub 105, front Son dynamo, rims DT R460, tires Continental Grand Prix 5000, Fizik R3 saddle, Sinewave Beacon light (total weight around 9 kg)

Your key items of kit: For the water I have Zefal Arctica (2x 750ml, 2x550ml), keeping the water cold a little bit longer than the normal bottles. I am wearing a full kit by Cycle Treize (my sponsor in Paris) made by Tactic, their clothes are really smooth and dry quickly, that's good for the warm Spanish summer. I always use a Giro Foray Helmet as it'slight and really well ventilated, some Shimano shoes. For sleeping i'll be having only a SOL Escape Bivvy and arm and leg warmers by Castelli. For the navigation I'll have my phone: a Galaxy S8, and my GPS Garmin Edge 1030. For the bags I'll have a top tube Apidura 2L for the technical Items, and a saddle bag 14L but I'm not sure what brand I've chosen yet. Accessories: micro USB cable, USB-C cable, 10,000mAh battery, sun cream, headphones for music, two credit cards, passport, sunglasses Van Rysel by Decathlon, Abus cable lock. Reparation : Four inner tubes, tyre boot, set of patches, eight cable ties, Crankbrother multi-tool, Finish Line CC Wet Chain Lube 120ml, 3 tyre levers and Shimano Ultegra brake pads. Whats special about my bike is that it is a very light steel frame, that i'm 100% autonomous in energy and water for long distances and heat.

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David McNeill

Age: 38

Location: Harrogate, Yorkshire, UK

Cap number: 12

Your bike: Belgie V3 titanium frame with Curve G4 wheels. A superb bike, made for exploring and riding fast. 30mm Vittoria Rubino tyres. 105 components (reliable and bomb proof) with 52/34 Rotor Vegast Chainring - hopefully enough to see me up even the cheekiest of gradients.

Your key items of kit: Cut-down Roll mat - it's bulky and it might not look as slick as others but rest is important! Paria bib shorts - the only chamois I trust.