Bikes of Transpyrenees

Bikes of Transpyrenees

24 June, 2022

Take a look at rider's chosen bikes and equipment lists for this year's Transpyrenees: a 1,080km road route from Llançà on the east coast of Spain to San Sebastian on the west coast with 25,000m of elevation and ticking off 33 Pyrenean cols. Certainly a race for the grimpeurs!

Follow along as the race unfolds at our commentary.

Nicole Kessler

Name: Nicole Kessler

Age: 27

Cap number: 63

Location: Lanjarón, España

Bike: Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 8.0 Di2

Key items of kit: Apidura Racing Long Top Tube Pack, AGU Snack-Pack Venture (not displayed in image), Canyon LOAD Handlebar Bag, Expedition Saddle Pack. Front & Rear light from Olight, VRURC 20000mAh Power Bank and MASTER LOCK Candado. Garmin Edge® 520 Plus and charging cables for all devices.

Thomas Ettema

Name: Thomas Ettema

Age: 40

Cap number: 33

Location: Haarlem, Netherlands

Bike: Lester Cycles LC18013, Amsterdam made custom steel long distance machine. SRAM Force 1x groupset with a 38 ring and 1-40 cassette. Hope rear hub, Son front hub hooked up to a Sinewave beacon for light H+son Hydra rims with 34mm Schwalbe Pro One tires set up tubeless off course

Key items of kit: Mix of older Revelate Designs Pika rear bag, Restrap bags and a customized Aeroe front harness. Alpkit / Sea to Summit sleeping kit.

Key for me is the Lester as a perfect fitting tool / companion for long rides. Additionally my kit-list consists mostly older stuff that has proven reliable and dependable over the last 5 years of touring and racing. A customized Leatherman as Father's Day present will be my lucky charm for the week.

Denise Vorberg

Name: Denise Vorberg

Age: 36

Cap number: 79

Location: Innsbruck, Austria

Bike: Argon 18 Krypton GF. This guy wants to be ridden long and loves climbs so we go with almost everything made of Carbon, pedaling with Shimano Ultegra and showing up in Continental GP5000 shoes.

Key items of kit: Oh, I definitely take snacks with me, have an Apidura saddle and frame bag and a top tube bag made by another very passionate cycling enthusiast. I chill on an exped millet superlight sleeping bag and an ultralight isomat from Sea to Summit. I light up the nights with lupine and the rest is a girl's business.

Trev Stone

Name: Trev Stone

Age: 47

Cap number: 70

Location: Leguevin, France

Bike: Connie the Canyon Grail - Only thing original left is the frame, I seem to break things a lot ;-)

Key items of kit: Credit card, onesie & hairdryer.

Leonard Truong

Name: Leonard Truong

Age: 29

Cap number: 114

Location: Lake Tahoe, CA, USA

Bike: Open UPPER, SRAM AXS 1x force/eagle mullet, 10-52 cassette and 44t wolf tooth chain ring and praxis cranks, roval terra cl rims with white industries cld hubs.

Key items of kit: Apidura race series handlebar, bolt on top tube, frame, and seat pack. Exposure Strada and Blaze lights (Siruis backup front light). MSR Pro bivy as emergency sleep system (hotels otherwise). Lucky item: my 52t cog, normally for gravel but I think I will be happy to have it for this ride 😅.

Christophe Dijkmans

Name: Christophe Dijkmans

Age: 30

Cap number: 103

Location: Liege, Belgium.

Bike: Wilier ZERO SLR, SRAM RED AXS 48/35-10-33, Handbuilt Wheels from my local partner AMARUQ - Climber 35 SL with Continental GP5000S TL 25m.

Key items of kit: MissGrape Road Series bags full of food! Lezyne 1600XXL and Cateye Volt800 front lights. 2 Lezyne rear lights and Garmin Edge 1030 Plus.

Erik Bizzoni

Name: Erik Bizzoni

Age: 34

Cap number: 43

Location: Bergamo, Italy

Bike: Canyon Endurace CF SL 8. The lightest gear ratio will be 36-34 (Hope this could be enough for 27kD+).

Key items of kit: I Will ride my canyon equipped with Apidura race frame bags and a Italian custom made seatbag from Kicking Donkey. Front lights Will be from Lupine (a neo on the bike and a piko on the helmet).

Isidre Escorihuela

Name: Isidre Escorihuela

Age: 57

Cap number: 3

Location: Anyós, Principat d'Andorra

Bike: Giant bike with 52/34 chainrings and 11-34t cassette.

Key items of kit: Try to go light with Ortileb bags and a small Apidura top tube pack.

Massol Jerome

Name: Massol jerome

Age: 48

Cap number: 113

Location: Beauzelle, France

Bike: Trek Emonda SL6 Pro with 50/34t chainrings and 11-32t cassette. Same as last TP 👌

Key items of kit: 2 bags: frame and saddle packs.

Andrew James Ruickbie

Name: Andrew James Ruickbie

Age: 46

Cap number: 74

Location: Turkiye

Bike: Soulrider Titanium, Carbon ISP

Key items of kit: Handmade in Istanbul,

Miquel Pera Miras

Name: Miquel Pera Miras

Age: 38

Cap number: 35

Location: Seva

Bike: Cannodale Synapse hi-mod, SRAM RED and HollowGram components.

Key items of kit: Bolsas Apidura, TwoNav Cross GPS unit and Silva lights.

Enric Terricabras Martí

Name: Enric Terricabras Martí

Age: 43

Cap number: 37

Location: Reus, Spain

Bike: Canyon Endurace

Key items of kit: Apidura and Haribo!

Patrick Doupe

Name: Patrick Doupe

Age: 40

Cap number: 67

Location: Berlin, Germany

Bike: Bonanno Italo Disco Road with Gramm bags.

Key items of kit: Spotify subscription, Best of 80s playlists and EU data roaming. Andorra could be costly. Sunscreen.

Luis Barreiro

Name: Luis Barreiro

Age: 39

Cap number: 022

Location: Pombal, Portugal

Bike: Focus Izalco Max Disc Red 2016.

Key items of kit: Setup tried and tested in previous Transpyrenees editions. Alpkit bags, Garmin Oregon and Lupine Piko.

Israel Galan

Name: Israel Galan

Age: 47

Cap number: 72

Location: Singapore

Bike: Winspace T1500, Shimano Ultegra Di2 11S Disc groupset, Winspace Hyper wheels and Conti GP5000 tyres.

Key items of kit: Topeak saddle, handlebar and top tube bags. Decathlon handlebar bottle holder.

Tim Wassenaar

Name: Tim Wassenaar

Age: 22

Cap number: 118

Location: Zutphen, The Netherlands

Bike: Custom OPEN U.P. which is my do-it-all bike. Painstakingly build by Parallel Handbuilt in Rotterdam with the best parts available for the job. Whole lot of Beast (cockpit, seatpost and rims), Brooks saddle, Chris King in the rear and a SON dynamo upfront powering the kLite lamp and charger. While navigating on my Wahoo I will be propelled forward by a SRAM AXS Wide drivetrain.

Key items of kit: Bags are Apidura Racing and two food pouches to carry my Snickers over the mountains.

Favourite items include a Garmin Varia, Lake shoes to accommodate my swelling duck feet and Exposure helmet light. But the best part should be the AXS Wide gearing (30t in the front, 36t in the rear) which will hopefully gives me the possibility to enjoy the scenery a bit.

Ralph Parlesak

Name: Ralph Parlesak

Age: 45

Cap number: 98

Location: Berlin, Germany

Bike: Scott Solace Model 2016, Shimano Ultegra groupset with 50/34t chainrings and on the rear I have an extender to fit bigger ring 42t. Aerobars from profile design.

Key items of kit: Front bag from Restrap. Top tube bag from Apidura. ROCKBROS saddle bag. Hammerhead bike computer (1sr version).

Marco Antonio Alvarado Gonzalez

Name: Marco Antonio Alvarado Gonzalez

Age: 33

Cap number: 124

Location: Mexico

Bike: Specialized Tarmac

Key items of kit: Wahoo Element. Rapha Adventure. Topeak 7L saddlebag.

Matthew Clarke

Name: Matthew Clarke

Age: 47

Cap number: 119

Location: Bishop's Stortford, UK

Bike: Waltly titanium frame, Lightbicycle wheelset, Shimano Ultegra Di2 with 11-34t cassette. absoluteBLACK 46/30t subcompact oval chainrings.

Key items of kit: Spoked custom frame bag. Apidura expedition saddlebag. Sea to Summit sleeping pad. Sierra Designs backcountry bivy. Robens Couloir 350 sleeping bag.

Alessandro Bartalucci

Name: Alessandro Bartalucci

Age: 34

Cap number: 87

Location: Italy

Bike: Canyon endurance WMN CF SL 8.0, groupset Shimano Ultegra R8000, wheels DT Swiss E 1800 Spline db.

Key items of kit: Apidura racing saddle bag, Racing Frame Pack, Racing Top Tube Pack, GPS Garmin Edge 830, front light Magicshine RN 3000, rear lights Apace Vision GuardG3X.

William Hatlip

Name: William Hatlip

Age: 50

Cap number: 112

Location: Beauzelle 31, FRANCE

Bike: Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL5. SRAM RED eTAP groupset. Chainring 50/34 12-28t. Roval CLX 32 wheelset.

Key items of kit: Apidura Racing Series packs for seatpost and framebag, Rapha handlebar bag. Front light: Lezyne Multi Drive 1000 and Stoots Kiska 2 on helmet. Rear light: Garmin Radar Varia 515.

Nerijus Pudziuvelis

Name: Nerijus Pudziuvelis

Age: 35

Cap number: 91

Location: Vilnius, Lithuania

Bike: BMC RoadMachine

Key items of kit: Apidura packs and what's in them.

Pep Cabanes

Name: Pep Cabanes

Age: 49

Cap number: 52

Location: Les Masies de Voltregà, Spain

Bike: BMC Road Machine 2017. Wheels DT Swiss ER1400 Dicut.

Key items of kit: Apidura Racing Handlebar Mini Pack 2,5L, Apidura Expedition Saddle Pack 9L, Apidura Expedition Top Tube Pack 1L, front light Supernova AirStream 2. Rear light Bontrager Flare RT.

Ralph Birke

Name: Ralph Birke

Age: 48

Cap number: 95

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Bike: Factor Ostro.

Key items of kit: Legs, headphones and water.

Javi Lopez terron

Name: Javi Lopez terron

Age: 48

Cap number: 75

Location: España

Bike: Trek Madone SL6 piñón 38-12 plato 50/36t. Vittoria Corsa tyres.

Key items of kit: Maletas bikepacking Ortlieb, Bontrager lights.

Alejandro Aznar

Name: Alejandro Aznar

Age: 23

Cap number: 81

Location: Valencia, Spain.

Bike: Canyon Endurace 9.0 2016.

Key items of kit: Zefal R11 rearbag + 1,5L framebag.

Silvia Perrenoud

Name: Silvia Perrenoud

Age: 42

Cap number: 85

Location: Ins

Bike: Cervélo Caledonia C5 with Shimano Dura-Ace.

Key items of kit: Apidura bikepacks and Lupine lights.

Christian Spoerl

Name: Christian Spoerl

Age: 47

Cap number: 86

Location: Ins

Bike: OPEN U.P. with Shimano 105 and Self-built wheel set with DT-Swiss 240 hub.

Key items of kit: Klarabella turtle (bell)

Conrad Liwa

Name: Conrad Liwa

Age: 27

Cap number: 54

Location: Wuppertal, Germany

Bike: Specialized Tarmac from 2017, Shimano 105, DT Swiss Oxic.

Key items of kit: Ortlieb sattle pack, Apidura Front Roll, Apidura frame pack and CamelBak Lobo 2L.

Tarquin Pack

Name: Tarquin Pack

Age: 48

Cap number: 147

Location: Bristol, United Kingdom

Bike: Specialized Tarmac SL7

Key items of kit: my bike

Iñaki Garcia

Name: Iñaki Garcia

Age: 35

Cap number: 125

Location: Bilbao, Basque Country.

Bike: Trek Emonda SLR6 (2019) with Shimano Ultegra 8100 groupset 52/36 x 11-32 and Campagnolo Zonda Wheels.

Key items of kit: 1x Apidura ~10L bag, 1L frame bag and a 1,5L frame-bag. Rockbros front light + aux headlight with two Gurpil 120lm tail lights. Garmin Edge 830, SWEYE 26.8Ah solar powerbank + cables and Gocamp 135g bivvy bag.

Javier perez lavado

Name: Javier perez lavado

Age: 39

Cap number: 10

Location: Madrid, Spain

Bike: Trek Emonda SLR 800 2021, SRAM Force and Bontrager Aeolus wheels.

Key items of kit: Apidura bags

Sergio Pulido (El Viejo Pull)

Name: Sergio Pulido (El Viejo Pull)

Age: 37

Cap number: 12

Location: Manzanares el Real, Spain

Bike: Kona Swinft Rove (steel frame and fork), Shimano GRX and Bontrager Paradigm wheels.

Jerome Coutant

Name: Jerome Coutant

Age: 49

Cap number: 82

Location: France

Bike: BMC SLR01

Key items of kit: Garmin Edge 1030

Jordi Martínez Domingo

Name: Jordi Martínez Domingo

Age: 46

Cap number: 48

Location: Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain

Bike: Cannondale Supersix

Key items of kit: 4 bolsas (Dos de cuadro, una en el sillín y otra en el manillar). Luz delantera y trasera.

Valentin Raab

Name: Valentin Raab

Age: 31

Cap number: 19

Location: Stuttgart, Germany

Bike: Stevens Vapor

Key items of kit: Bags from Topeak, navigation Wahoo Bolt, lights Supernova and Lupine Rotlicht. Legs 8000 Watt… Full force Voraus.

Daniel Giek

Name: Daniel Giek

Age: 33

Cap number: 71

Location: Stuttgart, Germany

Bike: Specialized Tarmac SL7, groupset is SRAM Rival Etap AXS, Zipp 404S Firecrest wheels. I'm proud of my own 3D printed aluminum bottle cages & Wahoo mount by geek.

Key items of kit: Topeak Bikepacking bags (saddle, frame pack, toptube) stuffed with all the good stuff for all weather conditions …

Jordi Méndez Villa

Name: Jordi Méndez Villa

Age: 43

Cap number: 47

Location: Vilanova i la Geltrú

Bike: Cube Attain GTC SL Disc

Key items of kit: Front bag for warm clothes and chargers/lights. Central bag for food. Seat pack for race clothes.


Name: Dedoctor (David Riba Torrecillas)

Age: 49

Cap number: 53

Location: Tremp (Pallars Jussà), Spain

Bike: Specialized Tarmac SL7, SRAM 2×12 48/35 x 10-34t, Ruedas Mavic 45 Rear 700x28 Front 700x26.

Key items of kit: Garmin Edge 1030, bolsa asiento Apidura and bolsa cuadro Specialized waterproof.


Name: Superfresh (Jorge Manuel Garcia Rodriguez)

Age: 48

Cap number: 68

Location: Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Bike: BH G5, Campagnolo Zonda wheels and Campagnolo Super Record groupset.

Key items of kit: Elite bottle, Lezyne lights and chinese bags.

Edgar Grandio Ruiz

Name: Edgar Grandio Ruiz

Age: 35

Cap number: 13

Location: Badalona, Spain

Bike: Cannondale Supersix Evo Shimano Ultegra 2014.

Key items of kit: I use Topeak bags for this adventure.

Daniel Vila Ramirez

Name: Daniel Vila Ramirez

Age: 38

Cap number: 121

Location: Girona, Spain

Bike: Specialized Aethos

Key items of kit: Topeak seatpack and Lezyne lights.

Björn Christian Hohmeier

Name: Björn Christian Hohmeier

Age: 28

Cap number: 116

Location: Frankfurt, Germany

Bike: Specialized Tarmac SL3 and Mavic Ksyrium Exalith wheels.

Key items of kit: Long frame bag, small saddle bag and Deuter Day Pack.

Guillem Gibert

Name: Guillem Gibert

Age: 50

Cap number: #50

Location: Llança, Spain

Bike: Belle and Ekar

Key items of kit: Talla 53. Bags are Apidura.

Adam Palin

Name: Adam Palin

Age: 23

Cap number: 15

Location: Worcester, UK

Bike: I'll be riding my custom Quirk Mamtor with a mix of Shimano Ultegra/GRX Di2 components for easier gearing. I'm using Parcours's Alta wheelset with Hutchinson Sector 32mm tubeless. The chilli on my fork is in memory of my Dad.

Key items of kit: All my kit and nutrition fit into Apidura bags except for a Bumpak frame bag which I got made as I have a small frame. This houses all of my quick access items such as a repair kit. My lights are from Exposure and I'm using my Garmin for navigation.

Estelle Beuce

Name: Estelle Beuce

Age: 24

Cap number: 77

Location: Munich, Germany

Bike: Canyon Ultimate

Key items of kit: 1 frame bag, 1 saddle bag

Wout Bierens

Name: Wout Bierens

Age: 30

Cap number: 146

Location: Weesp, Netherlands

Bike: Gian Contend SL with Pirelli tyres.

Key items of kit: Miss Grape bags.

Bas van Tilborg

Name: Bas van Tilborg

Age: 30

Cap number: 145

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Bike: Merida Reacto DA

Key items of kit: Miss Grape bags and Sea to Summit sleeping gear,

Leonard v. Hammerstein

Name: Leonard v. Hammerstein

Age: 38

Location: Essen, Germany

Bike: Specialized Tarmac SL7, SRAM eTap Rival/Force/Red.

Key items of kit: Tailfin Aeropack, Lupine Pico, Garmin Edge 830 and Silca Ti-Torque Kit.