Bikes Of Transpyrenees by Transibérica 2023

Bikes Of Transpyrenees by Transibérica 2023

23 June, 2023

Transpyrenees is another race offering from the TransIberica Club. This challenging race does what it says on the tin, takes our riders across the roads of the Pyrenees.

Follow along here Transpyrenees Tracking and Commentary.

Marcus Ruchti

Name: Marcus Ruchti

Age: 50

Cap number: 101

Location: Frankfurt, Germany

Bike: TREK Domane SL7 with SRAM force etap AXS groupset

Key items of kit: I am using Bontrager wheels with Schwalbe 30mm tyres and Aerothan inner tubes (I see the same advantages like tubeless), lights from Lezyne and bags from Apidura.

Clothing: Bib short, 2 jerseys, arm/leg warmers, light down jacket, rain jacket, overshoes, gloves, Bliz sunglasses etc.

Jordi Rodriguez

Name: Jordi Rodriguez

Age: 44

Cap number: 56

Location: Barcelona

Bike: Trek emonda slr9

Key items of kit: Geosmina

Ralph Samson

Name: Ralph Samson

Age: 37

Cap number: 72

Location: Quebec, Canada

Bike: I’ll be exploring the Pyrenees on a Ridley Helium SLX Disc road bike. Rolling over Forza Vardar 50 db wheels equiped with 700×25” Continental GP5000 tires (not shown here thank you photoshop). The drive train is a Sram Force eTap AXS with an extra battery to swap on the go. Cockpit is a Forza road integrated kit.

The frame bag is my trusty blackburn outpost. The top tupe bag is from Apidura and the saddle bag is made by Sahoo. Lights are a both Raveman, CR1000 in the from and CL05 at the back.

Key items of kit: I chose Lezyne left exit bottles to keep my hand on the handlebars. Power wise I went with a power bank to charge my gps, phone, sram batteries and lights. SOL escape lite bivy as my minimalistic sleep kit in between hotel stops. For navigation I will use a Garmin 530.

On the top tube bag I will carry some food tons of electrolytes and essentials. On the frame bag I carry inner tubes, spare parts, pump, patches, power bank. On the saddle bag some pieces of kit, e.g. leg/arm warmers, extra layers, and waterproof jacket.

Martin Crawford

Name: Martin Crawford

Age: 43

Cap number: 95

Location: Madrid, Spain

Bike: Bricoleur - Custom Steel, Ultegra 12 Speed Di2, Corima WS Black Wheels, Chris King Bits ‘n’ Bobs, Deda Finishing Kit, Brooks Saddle, Look Keo Blade Pedals

Key items of kit: Mix of bags from Rapha/Apidura, Café du Cycliste, Agu - Sleep: Sea to Summit down bag, Thermarest X - Lite, Knog Front and Rear lights.

Micael Ferreira

Name: Micael Ferreira

Age: 29

Cap number: 244

Location: Portugal

Bike: Ice gv10 with sram rival. Combination - rear 36-10 and front 33-46. Sifters sram force Wheels - vision tc 30 carbon Tires - vittoria rubino pro graphene 2.0 tubless

Key items of kit: Saddlebag - Ortlieb 16l Top tube bag - Arca (handmade production from Portuguese gay) Frame bag - Arca (handmade production from Portuguese gay) Front bag - Arca 1.5l “” I'll adopt it as a safe kit, not considering it to be the fastest, but after my cancer, all I want is to enjoy what I love most. I'll take a light sleeping bag with me in the back suitcase, a complete set of comfortable clothes and mostly white brands, hygiene stuff and etc... I'll take a light and warm coat and some snacks in case I need it boost morale in the middle of a long climb. On the board I will take things for the rain and food. In front I carry all electronics and first aid kit.


Name: Santiago

Age: 27

Cap number: 90

Location: Utiel (Valencia)

Bike: Giant TCR

Key items of kit: Mochila cuadro Apidura Mochila sillín Zefal Mochila manilla Rockrider


Name: Julien

Age: 40

Cap number: 86

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Bike: Specialized Tarmac SL7

Key items of kit: 🧳 Restrap 🧭 Garmin 🔦 Lezyne

Per Arne Janssen

Name: Per Arne Janssen

Age: 54

Cap number: 81

Location: Munich, Germany

Bike: Canyon 2017 Endurace CF SLX

Key items of kit: Ultegra 50-34 / 11-32, Zolla Wheels, 28mm Conti GP5000, Apidura Bags


Name: Jimmy

Age: 27

Cap number: 51

Location: Toulouse

Bike: I’ll ride my Basso Venta disc for Transpyrenees2023 🤌🤌 Transmission : shimano 105 R7050 in 52-36 and 11-34 Wheels : Mavic Ksyrium 30 Tyres : Pirelli Cinturato 28mm Tubeless with awesome MuC Off valves Saddle : Specalized Power Arc Others : Aerobars Deda Parabolica, and other parts from Microtech

Key items of kit: Mostly Apidura bags, 2 rear lights and 2 front lights, pleenty of food, Rapha kit, Rapha Rain Jacket, 1 bivy bag, 1 power bank and a Forclaz down jacket. Ride on!!


Name: Jérémy HALLER

Age: 28

Cap number: 153

Location: Strasbourg, France

Bike: I will be riding my Kona Rove NRB DL with Shimano 105/Ultegra (34-50T front and 11-32T rear) DT Swiss ER1400 Dicut wheels with Bontrager R2 Hardcase lite tires (tubetype) Fizik Argo Vento R3 saddle

Key items of kit: Apidura saddle and frame bags for sleeping kit and I guess lots of food Small and cute pouch bag handmade by my girlfriend Lezyne front and rear battery lights + 2x powerbanks since some night riding is to be expected

Ivo Relveiro

Name: Ivo Relveiro

Age: 30

Cap number: 245

Location: Portugal

Bike: Vitus Substance VR2, aluminium frame with full carbon fork, DTSwiss PRC 1100 Mon Chasseral paired with a Sram Apex 40 with 11-46 in the back and a Selle italia flite

Key items of kit: Riverside saddlebag filled with clothing (full kit, rain jacket, leg and arm warmers, polar top and bottom, toe covers, extra socks and sleeping bag; ARCA top tube and handlebar bag filled with food, eletronics (powerbank, lights and cables), hygiene, sunscreen, wallet, baby wipes, survival blanket and chamois cream; finally on the small stem bag will have more food and my cellphone



Age: 48

Cap number: 16

Location: UK

Bike: Waltly titanium custom frame and Lightbicycle wheelset, combined with other new and used parts. 11-34t cassette. 46/30t subcompact oval chainrings. DIY climbing and sprint shifters.

Key items of kit: Lupine front light with powerbank, superb double capacity Di2 battery. Custom frame bag by Spoked.

John Knapp

Name: John Knapp

Age: 60

Cap number: 97

Location: UK

Bike: Giant Revolt with AXS wide and a low gear of 30/36. Schwalbe pro one tyres and aero bars for some brief respite between the cols. XTR pedals and Quoc GT shoes.

Key items of kit: Tailfin for the convenience and space for food. SON dynamo and Sinewave beacon for lights. Bivvie bag, uberlite mat and PHD down pullover for sleep.


Name: Victor

Age: 34

Cap number: 232

Location: Barcelona

Bike: BMC Roadmachine Five

Key items of kit: The thin frame bag, soft flask bottles and some beef jerky snack packs

Luis Barreiro

Name: Luis Barreiro

Age: 40

Cap number: 023

Location: Pombal, Portugal

Bike: Focus Izalco Max Disc Red 2016

Key items of kit: A similar but refined setup from previous years,. Everything that goes is key.

Silvia Perrenoud

Name: Silvia Perrenoud

Age: 43

Cap number: 002

Location: Ins, Switzerland

Bike: Cervélo Caledonia 5

Key items of kit: Apidura bags Lupine light Son hub dynamo Shimano Dura Ace


Name: Emil

Age: 29

Cap number: 5

Location: Sweden

Bike: Canyon Ultimate AL 9.0 2013 with alu frame and Ultegra components - not the newest, not the lightest but sturdy and solid. Triple chainrings 53/39/30 paired with a 11-34 cassette from that came stock with my Gravel bike will hopefully make the climbing more pleasant. Conti GP 4 seasons tyres for increased puncture protection.

Key items of kit: Sleepkit consisting of an Alpkit Hunka XL bivvy, a comfy air Sea To Summit Ether XT insulated air matress and a Norrøna down jacket. Lezyne battery driven front and helmet lamps. SPD pedals and non-carbon sole MTB shoes to avoid knee pain and reduce feet numbness.

Julien Duflot

Name: Julien Duflot

Age: 42

Cap number: 165

Location: Belgium

Bike: Origine Axxome GTR Evo Ultra

Key items of kit: Wheels Prymahl C35 Son Deluxe hub K-lite front light Apidura Racing bags pack Syntace C3 aerobars

Dave Sjogren

Name: Dave Sjogren

Age: 55

Cap number: 118

Location: Bend, Oregon USA

Bike: Trek Domane SLR with Dura Ace 11 speed 50/34 and Wolftooth Roadlink DM to accept XTR 11-40 cassette. Perhaps not ideal shifting but hoping the extra cogs will help me when the going gets tough. Enve G23 wheelset with new Specialized Mondo 35mm tires for extra comfort.

Key items of kit: Running Garmin Edge 1040 up front and Varia on the rear and Magicshine RN 3000 light on the bars and Exposure Joystick helmet light. Using Apidura Race Bags all around. One particularly useful item I’ve recently discovered is a mobile app called Epic Ride Weather which takes GPS routes, start day and time and predicts temperature, precipitation, cloud cover, wind direction, elevation, daylight, UV index and humidity for the entire route. Thanks to my home bike shop and team, Hutch’s in Bend, Oregon, particularly Chris and Brian for helping me collect all the gear I needed for this adventure.



Age: 31

Cap number: 174

Location: MADRID


Mix of SHIRAM components

Group: Sram RED ETAP AXS, brakes dura ace and crankset. Rings ROTOR oval 52x34 and cassette 11-32 Wheels: Progress Airspeed 44 and tires specialized turbo cotton 26mm with latex tube.

Key items of kit: My setup is very basic and minimalist to be able to climb lightly.

Apidura racing long top tube pack 2L, Contains: Power bank 20000 MH, some batteries, cables and many gels. Behind de seatpost, tools and 3 rear lights. On the front Garmin 1030 Plus and lezyne mega drive 1800 luemens

In the back: chase camelbak hydration vest, with many extras, jacket, gloves legs warms, thermal blanket and a lot of chewies


Name: William HATILIP

Age: 51

Cap number: 148

Location: Toulouse

Bike: Specialized tarmac SL7

Key items of kit: Apidura racing saddle bag 7l Apidura racing frame bag 4l Tailfin top tube bag 1l Groupeset SRAM AXS Red/force XPLR ZIPP 303 firecrest Continental GP5000 AS TR 28

Mathieu Chalvidal

Name: Mathieu Chalvidal

Age: 29

Cap number: 240

Location: Paris

Bike: Cervélo P2

Key items of kit: Cervélo P2 equipped with Campagnolo Chorus front/rear on 52x34 and 11x25 gears and Bontrager wheels. Bags are from Acid.

Lucas Bracht

Name: Lucas Bracht

Age: 26

Cap number: 194

Location: Heidelberg, Germany

Bike: Canyon Ultimate CF SL 8 eTap (SRAM Force w/ Red Crankset, Zipp 404 Firecrest, Conti GP5000 S TR 28mm)

Key items of kit: Bags: Apidura Race Saddle & Frame Bag, Canyon Top-Tube Bag, Trilancer Straps, Small Plastic Bags for Internal Organization

Electronics: Lezyne 1600XXL Front Light, Knog Plus Rear Light, Garmin Edge 530, iPhone 14 Pro w/ Peak Design Mount, Dual USB-C Charger, 10k Power Bank, 3-in-1 Cable, SRAM Charger

Nutrition (a lot): Ensure Dietary Powder, Self-Made „Maurten“ Carb Mix, Ministry of Nutrition Gels & Porridge Bars, Clif Bars, Dates, Caffeine Pills

On-Bike Clothing (all MAAP): 1x Jersey, 1x Cargo Bib, 1x Base Layer, 1x Socks, 1x Vest, 1x Rain Jacket

Off-Bike Clothing: 1x T-Shirt, 1x Shorts, 1x Espandrilles, 2x Boxers

Other notable Items: Dynaplug TL Plugs, Lezyne V Pro 13 Multitool, Lake CX302 Shoes, Xenofit Chamois Cream, Spare CR2032 Battery

Ed Thomas

Name: Ed Thomas

Age: 32

Cap number: 215

Location: London, UK

Bike: Basso Astra, Ultegra 12-Speed Di2, FFWD Tyro carbon rims clad in GP5000 S tubeless

Key items of kit: Restrap through and through, Garmin 1030 for navigation, Sea2Summit sleep system with Alpkit bivvy, Lezyne 1300XL macro drive front light, Bontrager Flare RS rear light, 100s of podcasts

Florian Scattolini

Name: Florian Scattolini

Age: 35

Cap number: 159

Location: Ariège

Bike: Giant TCR witch 50/34 and 11/34

Key items of kit: Unsing Michelin power cup 28". Lights is Stoot. Assos for the chamois.

Tom Le Bivic

Name: Tom Le Bivic

Age: 25

Cap number: 136

Location: Lyon

Bike: Planet X Hurricane Titanium

Key items of kit: Sram Rival 22


Name: Manel

Age: 38

Cap number: 191

Location: El Prat de Llobregat

Bike: Alai II is a Giant TCR funny road bike... Alai means in Basque language happiness :D

Key items of kit: My secret weapon: a speaker with 1400 songs!!

Vlad Alukhanov

Name: Vlad Alukhanov

Age: 38

Cap number: 145

Location: Shanghai, China

Bike: SERK A21 Dissident titanium gravel frame. 2x 48-31 Shimano GRX DI2 with 11-34 cassette. Farsport carbon wheelset with SON 28 dynamo hub running Supernova lights, Continental GP5000 tubeful 32’ tyres.

Key items of kit: Ergon SL Road pro saddle, Zipp Service Course cockpit and XTR pedals. All bags are Relevate Designs.

Jorge Calcedo

Name: Jorge Calcedo

Age: 33

Cap number: 113

Location: Sopelana

Bike: BMC

Key items of kit: Saddle bag and frame bag

dick ayres

Name: dick ayres

Age: 51

Cap number: 38

Location: Madrid, spain

Bike: Belle GRaR

Key items of kit: Rusjan bags, exposure lights, lots of food

Oscar Reeve

Name: Oscar Reeve

Age: 29

Cap number: 219

Location: Bristol, UK

Bike: Trek Edmonda ALR. My first road bike bought in 2017, lots of great memories on this. 11-40 cassette, with 50/34 up front, which should mean no grinding.

Key items of kit: 2 bibs, full bivvy sleeping setup, 20k battery bank, lezyne lights front and rear, Garmin 530 solar, headphones reserved for dark moments, chamois cream.

Renaldo Gastineau

Name: Renaldo Gastineau

Age: 27

Cap number: 162

Location: Bern, Switzerland

Bike: Trek Madone 6.9 (2010) with Bontrager Aeolus 5.0 wheels. Transmissions: 5034 and 1126-28(?)

Key items of kit: I used an Ortlieb 11L saddle bag to put a warm jacket, the tools etc. and two Restrap bags: top-tube (2L) for everyday items (food, sun cream, etc.) and a bar bag (7L) to put a mattress and ultra-light sleeping bag. If I'd had time to change it before, I wouldn't have bought carbon wheels (veiled), and disc brakes would have been more comfortable given the weather. And of course, consider using an 11*32 cassette. But it was already perfect as it was.