Just as you thought the racing bikes from this season would begin to gather dust, Two Volcano Sprint came in and changed it for the handful of riders who are taking on the challenge this year. Let's take a closer look at a few.
Location: Chester, UK
Cap number: 4A (pairs rider with Andy Tibbett)
Bike: Pinarello K10S with rear suspension unit, SRAM Red eTap, Zipp 303 wheels with Specialized Gripton 28mm tyres. I'm also using USE Exposure lights to light the way through the night along with my Garmin 1030 to guide us along.
Your key items of kit: Wearing my club kit (Pirate Juice CC) with some extra layers inside my Restrap bags. While I believe my compact chainset doesn't look right on my thoroughbred racing bike, my 87kg will need all the gears to get to the top of the mountains!
Location: Munich, Germany
Cap number: 13
Bike: I'm riding a Cannondale SuperSix Evo with Lightweight Meilenstein Tubular Rims, Schmolke Carbon Seatpost, Saddle and Handlebar, Rotor 2inPower Powermeter on a Shimano Dura Ace DI2 with 53/36 + 12/32 – tuned to be the lightest one for the climbs that I love. My navigation is on a Garmin Edge 1030 and a Supernova Airstream II is lighting up my way at night.
Your key items of kit: Well, nothing special. In my small top tube bag, I carry some Powerbanks to charge all electronical devices. In my saddlebag I carry just some spareparts, my bivy bag and a lot of foooooooood!
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Cap number: 8
Bike: I will be riding my Grade9 titanium custom frame, Hunt 4seasons wheels, Continental GP5000 tires, SON Dynamo hub, Exposure lights, Brooks C15 saddle, Apidura and Revelate Design bags and full Shimano Ultegra groupset.
Your key items of kit: I’ll be wearing a Rapha cargo bib (pockets are very useful!). I’II bring a full rain kit and my Patagonia Nano jacket for coldest temperatures. Sleeping kit : Sea to Summit UL mat, Aegismax sleeping bag and MSR E-Bivy. I’ll use one Garmin 1030 edge for navigation and one etrex30 as a back-up.
Location: Yorkshire, UK
Cap number: 10
Bike: Custom Orb carbon gravel frame with Ultegra front cassette and Campagnolo Potenza shifters and mech, giving 50/34 and 11-36 for a huge range to keep me moving up the brutal Italian climbs. Orb Carbon wheels and Continental 5000 tubeless 28mm tyres.
Your key items of kit: Navigation brought by my Wahoo Elemnt, front lighting powered off USB power banks rather than dynamo hub, and side lighting and hydration courtesy of the Orb bike light and bidons. I'm going for a minimalist load with Topeak 4.5l frame bag and 1l saddle bag so as to keep weight and swing to a minimum whilst climbing.
I'll be wearing Gore bib shorts and a waterproof (hopefully not necessary), Catlike Whisper Helmet, and eKoi photochromatic glasses for riding in all lights.
Location: York, UK
Cap number: 14
Bike: I'm riding my Orro Terra for its first big outing. 105 with Hunt wheels shod with 28mm Hutchinson tubeless and the big luggage in Restrap bags
Your key items of kit: Putting my faith in my well-weathered Sidi road shoes and mainly Galibier kit. I'm hoping for good weather so I can bus shelter bivvy most nights. I couldn't train as I wanted due to unexpected events, so I'm just looking to finish smiling.