Bikes of Two Volcano Sprint
1 October, 2021
Location: Catania, Sicilia, Italia
Cap number: 57
Your bike: Bergamont Grandurance 8.
Your key items of kit: Ciclo Computer: Bryton 730. Free camping style.
Location: Rugby, England
Cap number: 74
Your bike: I will be riding a BMC Roadmachine with SRAM eTap with 46/33 and 10/36 gearing. I have added the Zolla Carbon 40 wheels which are specifically designed for ultra-cycling races and are fitted with 28mm Continental GP5000 tubules tyres.
Your key items of kit: Everything is packed into Apidura race packs with an additional food pouch mounted to the handlebars. Sleep kit is only packed for an emergency and comprises foil bivvy bag, down jacket and warm leggings. Lights are Lezyne rechargeable front and back. My cycling clothing comprises several layers because I feel the cold. In particular I use the Rapha cargo bib shorts for extra food storage. I have all the usual spares and charging options. Navigation is provided by the Garmin Edge 1030 Plus for a large screen and great battery life.
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Cap number: 80
Your bike: Specialized Tarmac SL7, Roval C38 carbon wheelset, S-Works Turbo tubeless tyres, Profile Design aerobars.
Your key items of kit: Restrap saddle/frame/cockpit bags because they are handmade and looking great, Garmin Edge 530 to find my route, Lezyne lights to see my route.
Location: Yorkshire, UK
Cap number: 12
Your bike: My bike is a bespoke carbon gravel frame with Zolla allroad wheels on Trailmech hubs and Ultegra Di2 groupset.
Your key items of kit: Wahoo ELEMNT for navigation, lighting is provided by Sinewave Beacon front light, and Orb Droid rear lights. My Orb bidons give extra light and hydration! Apidura framebag and Topeak saddlebag carry my Gore waterproofs and Rab down jacket. Fuelling is mostly Haribo...
Location: London, UK
Your bike: Fairlight Strael with Ultegra gearing - 50/34 and 11/34. Selle SMP Drakon saddle. Wheels are H Plus Son Hydra with Son Delux Dynamo Hub on front and Hope RS4 on rear handbuilt by Look Mum No Hands in London. Lighting is Supernova E3 Triple 2 on front and Supernova E3 Tail light plus Smart rear battery back up. Dynamo also powers Sinewave Revolution USB charger. 2 x 10,000 mAh Anker Power Banks.
Your key items of kit: Exposure MAXXX D back up light on front and power bank powered no name brand front light too. Apidura, Alkpit and Restrap luggage. Profile Design tri bars. Wahoo Elemnt Bolt and Garmin Etrex 20 for navigation. Sleeping Kit Rab Bivy Bag with cotton liner and PHD down gilet.
Location: Berlin, Germany
Cap number: 58
Your bike: Cicli Bonanno Italo Disco Road, pictured on the way to three peaks bike race.
Your key items of kit: After one "no rooms free" too many I've given in and brought a bivvy set up. Also have the spotify app for the day, chatty podcasts for the evening and a little bag of one euro coins for espresso.
Per Arne Janssen
Location: Munich, Germany
Cap number: 41
Your bike: Canyon Endurace CF SLX Disc 8.0
Your key items of kit: Rapha Wear, Apidura Bags, Garmin Edge 830, Yeti Sleeping Bag on an lightweight Aldi air mattress, Birkenstock ultralight EVA slippers to favor my feet when off the pedals....
Location: Paiania, Greece
Cap number: 95
Your bike: Specialized Allez Sprint Comp Disc 2020. Drivetrain Shimano 105 50t/34t. Wheelset HUNT 4454 Aerodynamicist Carbon Disc with Continental GrandPrix Tubeless 5000.
Your key items of kit: Apidura Racing Series frame pack, saddle pack and top tube pack. 2 water bottles and packable musette in case of extra need of food or beverage. Lezyne lights and powerpacks. Clothes will be the ones I always use during trainings and a mix between winter & summer kit. Will use Garmin 530 as main GPS and backup 2 iphones. Sleeping on the floor and if needed in hotels depending on the conditions!
Location: Berlin, Germany
Cap number: 53
Your bike: Willier Triestina Jaroon, 2018
Your key items of kit: Selfmade framebag, Apidura Expedition saddle Pack 17l, MSR Hubba 1NX tent, old sleeping bag and Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT GPS.
Ulrich „uba“ Bartholmoes
Location: Munich, Germany
Cap number: 29
Your bike: I´m riding on a OPEN U.P.P.E.R.: a 2020 custom build 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 by Supernova Lights. Without luggage my bike is less than 7kg – helps me to love climbing a lot.
Your key items of kit: The main aspect on 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. Most 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
Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Your bike: 2020 BMC RoadMachine T03. Shimano 105 series.
Your key items of kit: Navigation - Garmin Edge 530. Spare tube, pump. Two 10k powerbanks. iPhone 11. Assos bibs, t-shirt & top. Credit card. Cash. I leave plenty of room for success as well.
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Your bike: Canyon Endurance CF SL 8
Your key items of kit: Using Apidura bags, wearing castelli endurance shorts and personalized t-shirts; Navigation: Garmin Edge 820; Helmet: Abus; Northwave cycling shoes; Camelback bottles.
Location: Liège, Belgium
Cap number: 63
Your bike: Unlike the last few races (Bikingman France & SRMR), this time I won't be riding my trusty Orbea Terra, which performed on completely different terrain. This time, in order to test a more racy machine on a ultracycling race, I will ride the 2VS with my Focus Izalco Max Disc. It will be equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace 50/34-11/30 (usually 52/36-11/28). The wheels are Duke Baccara SLS2 42 (DT Swiss hubs) mounted with GP5000TL 28mm.
Your key items of kit: A complete bikepack kit from Miss Grape and Garmin Edge 1030 Plus for navigation.
Leighn Csontos Chambers
Location: Oban, Scotland
Cap number: 17
Your bike: Canyon Ultimate SL Shimano Ultegra groupset with Absolute Black 2 x Oval rings 46/30. and 11-34 cassette with GRX 810 rear derailleur. Zipp Service Course drop bars. Hunt Wheels with Son 28 dynamo
Your key items of kit: NOT a frame bag (The inside of my legs will thank me). Summit 2 Sea lightweight sleeping bag and Rab lightweight bivvy (I’ll be too shagged to care where I’m sleeping and what I’m even sleeping in). Restrap saddle bag and Apidura bar bag. Universal Colours Jersey when its hot (it’s like wearing the caressing hands of a 1980s fairy liquid ad) Rapha merino top for when it’s cold. Rapha Cargo Bibs to protect the jewels. Navigation is a Wahoo ELEMNT. Because I love hearing that little Scrappy Doo theme tune every time my device pauses and restarts on steep hills.
Location: Porto San Giorgio, Italia
Your bike: Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL-6, Shimano Ultegra Di2, Corone Osymetric 50/34. Cassetta 11/34. Mavic Allroad SL, Continental GP5000 tyres.
Your key items of kit: Borse ARCH custom, Anteriore da 2L, 2 per il cibo da 1L, borsa da sella 12L , navigazione Garmin Edge 1030+. Sleep bivybag by Ferrino and Abbigliamento Ph.
Location: Egmond aan den Hoef, Netherlands
Cap number: 86
Your bike: Specialized Amira S-Works 2015 with my son’s DT Swiss PR 1600 wheels and 28mm continental GP5000s. Gearing 50-34 and 11-34.
Your key items of kit: Tailfin Aeropack (for extra clothing and spares ), an Apidura top tube bag (for electronics and food) and two Apidura pouches (for food). I’ll be wearing different layers which can be changed according to weather conditions. If it gets really cold I have a Patagonia Nano Puff jacket. My friend lent me her Lupine lighting set for the night. I also have an Exposure Lights Reakt rear light and extra Lezyne lights as backup. I’ll be carrying two Xstorm Fuel powerbanks plus a Lupine power bank. A Wahoo ROAM will be used to navigate.
Location: Lyon, France
Cap number: 104
Your bike: Ritchey Logic Heritage 2018 (Steel Frame) limited edition: 17/100 (I'm born on 17th Oct!), Zipp 30 wheelset, 28m Continental 4 season tyres, Sram Red 48/34 – 11/30, Brooks C13 saddle, Shimano SPD pedals
Your key items of kit: Restrap Large frame bag (food, spare tools, cables) It allow me to have a 750ml bidon (I’m riding a small frame), Apidura food pouch and frame bag (food), Topo Design handlebar bag (clothes): arms warmers, eg warmers, down jacket, rain jacket, high visibility gilet, gloves and a buff. Navigation: Wahoo BOLT and phone (with Quad Lock case). Sleeping kit: none (I have 2 security blankets : 1 for emergency, 1 for side-of-the-road sleeping if needed). Lights: Supernova Airstream front and Knog Blinder rear. Others: 1 spare battery Sram + charger (if needed), 1 powerbank (for lights, gps, phone), 2 tubes + a few key items like tape, knife, small tire part, CO2 can + 1 small pump, chain drift and spoke wrench.
Location: Le Mans, Paris
Cap number: 22
Your bike: My bike is a FAIRLIGHT Secan 2 : for 7 years, inspired by the French rider Patrick Miette (TCR & SRMN veteran), I've been riding a black GENESIS Croix de Fer. After 50000km, I wanted to experiment something new. I was however embarrassed as my valiant and loyal "CdF" led me twice till Meteora through Europe, climbed some volcanoes in Italy, explored All Points North in England. I couldn't just turn the page, so I chose his "brother", also designed by Dom Thomas since he quit Genesis to found Fairlight Cycles.I was embarrassed not to choose a French brand but Fairlight seduced me. My new Secan 2 is still black, with customized Reynolds 853 tubing and more gravel oriented geometry, built with light Fairlight fork and Chris King headset, full Shimano GRX800 groupset with 48/31×11/34 drivetrain and hydro brakes, Hope Wheels, long-time tested and approved accessories (Challenge Strada Bianca 30mm tires with latex tubes, Deda Parabolica prolongateurs, Lizard Skin tape with Wolftooth bar end plugs, Brooks C17 AllWeather Carver, excellent sold-out A600 spd pedals, stainless King cages). Fairlight nicely customized the front wheel with a SON28 dynamo hub (perfect for slow speed) and internal cabling for Son Edelux lights. I just added a super efficient IGARO D2 usb converter thanks to a coaxial connection, a Garmin 1000 and a Supernova Airstream 2 kit as front & rear lights backup, and some reflective stickers
Your key items of kit: I chose HELMUT EQUIPEMENT handmade bags because they are perfectly designed by Rodolphe Pasciuto, efficient, resistant and so beautiful (just see pictures by the brand ambassador Matthieu Lifschitz, TCR and 3PBR veteran). The 10l "Werewolf" saddle bag (in light and durable Xpac VX21 with a Carradice Bagman fixation) offers best accessibility and perfect protection for my clothes (Rapha or Pedaled baselayers, jersey, warmers, merino collar / Enlightenment Equipment Climashield Apex jacket / BlackYak DZO gore-tex rain jacket /Dissent 133 gloves...). The HELMUT EQUIPMENT frame bag, also totally waterproof thanks to Xpac VX21, is for papers, electronics, phone, small things, tools... Decorated bottles are also from HELMUT. The bar bag isn't from HELMUT because their new prototype wasn't ready, so I use my very old Apidura/Rapha bar bag for my entire "randonneur" sleeping system (Pajak "Radical X' sleeping bag, Sea to Summit silk/cotton liner, Sea To Summit ultralight mat, Outdoor Research "Helium" bivy) that I protect with a Sea to summit 70D dry bag. Last accessory is a small Sea to summit "18l Ultra Sil Nano DayPack" that I occasionnaly use for carrying some extra food.
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Cap number: 69B
Your bike: I’m riding my 3rd 2VS on my OPEN Up with Shimano Ultegra/GRX groupset (mono), SON Dynamo, Exposure lights and 32mm tires.
Your key items of kit: Garmin Edge 830, eTrex 30 for navigation and warm clothes for long nights.
Location: Sheffield, UK
Cap number: 28
Your bike: Rondo RUUT CF 2020. The second outing to 2VS for this bike. The main change to the set-up is fatter tyres on Mavic All-Road 650B wheels. The tyres are Schwalbe Allround 650B x 1.5. I have also dropped from 38T to 34T Absolute Black front chainring. A Specialised Mimic remains my saddle of choice.
Your key items of kit: A lightweight set up for speed and efficiency. Key pieces of kit include Exposure Maxx Mk12, a backup Exposure Strada and 8.7amp fuel cell, Rapha Insulated Gilet and a GoreTex Shakedry for when the heavens open. A Wahoo Bolt is the navigation device with an iPhone as backup. I will take battery packs to keep the Wahoo and iPhone charged. Apidura will be keeping my kit dry with the race saddle pack and frame bag. This time I will be carrying a hydration vest with 1L of water, and for easy access snacks and money. The aerobars will likely be dropped, I can't justify them with 26,500m of climbing to contend with!
Location: Berlin, Germany
Cap number: 24
Your bike: I will be riding my trusted Cinelli Vigorelli Road with Ultegra R8000 and a Praxis Works crank 48/32, 11/32 plus Hunt 4 Season Aero Wheelset rolling smooth on 30mm Vittoria Corsa Control (not tubeless).
Your key items of kit: I pack my stuff into a mix of Apidura and Outershelladventure bags, while my BBB lights will make sure I am well illuminated for thrilling descents at night. Charging will rely on 30 000 mAh Powerbanks. Navigation: Wahoo Elemnt Roam. I hope to sleep in Hotels but as a safe option I also carry a light sleepsystem consisting of a Cumulus Ultralight Bivi, Decathlon inflatable pillow, Rescue blanket and probably a sea of summit SP0 sleeping bag as I expect the temperatures to be quite chilly at night. I will wear a summer kit with additional warmers, vest and most importanly: My Patagonia down jacket I bought during this year's Three Peaks Bike Race, which kept me cosy even in roughest conditions.
Location: Düsseldorf, Germany
Cap number: 97
Your bike: I am riding a Votec VRC Pro with 52/36 and 11-34 Shimano Ultegra groupset.
Your key items of kit: If I have to choose one key item of the kit I would choose the Apidura down tube bag. In this I carry all the stuff I need to fix the bike, like multitool, derailleur hanger, aerothan innertubes, chainlinks and CO2 cartridges. In case of a mechenical I just have to flip the bike around, have everything I need right there so I am hopefully soon again ready to go. Other than that: Garmin Edge 530 for navigation, Lupine lights for the night with one spare battery which also serves as a powerbank. My bags are a mix between Apidura, Ortlieb and Topeak. Inside you find sleeping and bivvy bag, sleeping pad, rain gear, downjacket, gloves, windbraker emergency blanket etc... The top tube bag is mainly for food to access while riding.
Alexander Ali Kopp
Location: Innsbruck, Austria
Cap number: 48
Your bike: I will riding a Santa Cruz Stigmata 2020 custom build, with Shimano/ Rotor mix. My wheels are from Beast Components with the Conti 5000 with 32mm.
Your key items of kit: Everything I carry will be in my Apidura Kit. My light-Setup is from lupine. I tried to make my setup as lightly as possible. My clothes are in the saddlebag. Food and the rest is in the frame bag.
Location: Berlin, Germany
Cap number: 31
Your bike: I’m riding a Specialized Allez with 28mm tyres. This bike has seen the world, covering together more than 40.000km all over Europe. Attached you’ll find an Ornot handlebar bag, a small Restrap frame bag, and the super lightweight Apidura saddlepack from their race edition.
Your key items of kit: The bike! Jokes aside, I’m optimising for weight & warmth, without bringing the usual bivy set up. This time I will ride with dynamo lights, which should prove to be useful on such short days. The Wahoo Bolt will keep me on the right track. When not riding or hike-a-biking, I’ll be wearing my trusted Toms shoes. I’ll also bring my pocket camera: cannot let myself travel to such beautiful places without capturing some nice photos along the way.
Location: Maastricht, Netherlands
Cap number: 90a/90b
Your bike: 3T exploro RACE Sram Rival AXS, Grey/Orange 2021, we made some custom components, we changed the gering into 30/43 in combination with 10/44. Small modification around farr gravel handlebar carbon. We added also 3T Discus carbon700c fitted with 35 mm tubules tyres.
Your key items of kit: We added two stickers on the bike. #Solosalita. Corporate Social Responsibility by MIkeBikes (www.mikebikes.my). We sleep in B&B and Hotels. Our mission is to be on time for the finisher's party.