Bikes of Two Volcano Sprint

Bikes of Two Volcano Sprint

11 October, 2022

Two Volcano Sprint has evolved into Europe's season closer, often attracting some of the finest names from the European circuit who attend with a little fatigue in their legs from a heavy race calendar and with one last chance at a result ahead of the off-season. It's become an aggressively fast race with many riders pushing for one last win to set them up for a winter's training. It's also notorious for being an ultra-racer's dream with good food never too far away.

The 2021 edition was characterised by the storms during the first night of racing which forced many of the front runners to scratch. Earlier editions of the race had been spared such bad weather but with lessons from 2021 learnt, many riders are heading into the race with a little more equipment.

Have a browse below to see how each rider has equipped themselves for this Italian odyssey.

Martijn Driedonks

Name: Martijn Driedonks

Age: 39

Cap number: 52

Location: Valkenswaard, Netherlands

Bike: Salsa Warroad with SRAM Force AXS 12 Spd setup 48/35 x 10-36t. Scope R4A wheels, Continental GP5000 tubeless 32mm tyres, Salsa Cowbell Handlebar, Deba Aerobars with 50mm risers. Shimano XT pedals, Specialized S Works seatpost and Specialized Power saddle.

Key items of kit: Tailfin Aeropack bag (carbon rack), Apidura top tube bag (2L), Apidura Frame bag (4,5L), Apidura Foodpouch (0,8L), Apidura Foodpouch (2L), Garmin Edge 530 with Garmin Accupack. Lupine Piko 3 Headlight and Lezyne Rearlight.

Sarah Cinquini

Name: Sarah Cinquini

Age: 45

Cap number: 63823

Location: Porto San Giorgio Fermo, Italy

Bike: Specialized Aethos S-Works with SRAM Force. Wheels Mavic Cosmic SLR 32. Tyres are Continental Grand Prix Four season. Light exposure road.

Key items of kit: My bag tailfin AeroPack Carbon 💚

Rik van Huik

Name: Rik van Huik

Age: 31

Cap number: 93

Location: Zeist, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Bike: Second hand Decathlon B'Twin Triban 520 in size XL. Shimano Sora groupset with triple crank 30/39/50, 9 speed 12-36t cassette with Alivio long cage MTB derailleur. 32mm Continental GP 4 Season tyres and mudguards. Flat MTB pedals. 2,5L water capacity.

Key items of kit: Ortlieb half frame pack, Restrap Race long top tube bag, Carradice Super C saddle bag with removed side pockets on a Bagman support rack. My sleeping bag in a dry bag. B'Twin feedbags. Decathlon tent strapped to the aerobars.

Per Arne Janssen

Name: Per Arne Janssen

Age: 53

Cap number: 23

Location: Munich, Germany

Bike: Canyon 2017 Endurace CF SLX 8.0, Shimano Ultegra 50/34 - 34/11 with Continental 32mm GP 5000 tyres.

Key items of kit: Apidura bags and Rapha wear.

Boye Rijs

Name: Boye Rijs

Age: 30

Cap number: 34

Location: Limmen, The Netherlands

Bike: I will be riding my Canyon Ultimate CF SL with a groupset mix of Shimano 105 and Ultegra. 50/34 upfront with a 11/34 cassette in the back. Wheels are handbuilt Duke Baccaras by Joergen from Parallel HQ with a SON delux hub providing lighting and charging. 32mm Continental 5000 S TR tires. Beast Components Ultra handlebars giving me some extra comfort.

Key items of kit: K-Lite Ultra front light with the addition of an Exposure Joystick head torch and two rear lights. Garmin Edge 1040 that will show me the way through beautiful Italy. Bags are a mix of Tailfin, Apidura and Rusjan with two food pouches for snacks. Sleep set up includes a Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Uberlite pad and an emergency bivvy for when not making it to a hotel. 7mesh bibs and rain jacket, Patagonia Nano Puff to keep me warm during the chilly nights. Special necklace for luck.

Anatole Naimi

Name: Anatole Naimi

Age: 22

Cap number: 92

Location: Liege, Belgium

Bike: Jaegher Ascender Pure stainless steel, Campagnolo record 12s mechanical and Son dynamo hub.

Key items of kit: Enabags toptube bag with powerbank, knife, gels, cables, multi-tool and gloves.

Enabag frame bag with emergency blankets, arm warmers, leg warmers, pump, tube repair kit, spare brake pad, spare cleats and spare pair of socks.

Enabag saddle bag with tubes, down jacket and rain jacket.

Martin McShane

Name: Martin McShane

Age: 65

Cap number: 58

Location: Worksop, UK

Bike: Cannondale Topstone Hunt 4 Season wheels Schwalbe G One tubeless. Shimano GRX.

Key items of kit: Exposure MK13 light. 🤗 Jelly babies. Spotify Playlist.

Christopher Kraus

Name: Christopher Kraus

Age: 35

Cap number: 80

Location: Munich, Germany

Bike: Specialized Tarmac SL6

Key items of kit: To light up the dark: Functional vest customised by my girlfriend, Supernova M99 Mini Pro, Garmin Varia, Exposure Tracer, lots of reflective tape and power banks. Others: insulated jersey, rain jacket, arm & leg warmers, oversocks, bivy, spare parts and tools to keep it rolling.

Christopher Fusulier

Name: Christopher Fusulier

Age: 30

Cap number: 36

Location: Käerjeng, Luxembourg

Bike: Canyon Ultimate CF SL 8 with a Shimano Ultegra DI2 (50/34 - 11/30). Dt Swiss rear wheel and a custom made front wheel with a Son Dynamo Hub.

Key items of kit: Supernova Dynamo front and rear light and backup rechargeable battery lights from Lezyne. Apidura frame/top tube/saddle bag. Sleeping system: sleeping bag, tiny bivy bag and an inflatable pillow for comfort.

Jan-Willem Bobbink

Name: Jan-Willem Bobbink

Age: 34

Cap number: 72

Location: Netherlands

Bike: Mason Resolution with Duke Rims, Absolute Black 50/34 Oval Rings and Continental Grand Prix 5000 30mm tyres.

Key items of kit: Chain oil. Need to be able to push that big ring effectively on all those downhills!

Simon Gwiggner

Name: Simon Gwiggner

Age: 24

Cap number: 82

Location: Innsbruck, Austria

Bike: I’m riding my Trek Checkpoint SL7 - 43/30 crank and 10-36 cassette with 32mm Continental GP5000 tires. I will be running a tubeless setup to begin with.

Key items of kit: I will use a combination of Apidura/Bontrager Bike bags with which i try to keep it as lightweight as possible. For navigation I will use a Hammerhead Karoo 2 which turned out to be a fantastic navigation device. I am also taking warm clothings with me as I expect it to be really cold in the early and late hours.

Christopher Herndler

Name: Christopher Herndler

Age: 34

Cap number: 12

Location: Vienna, Austria

Bike: S-Works Aethos with Shimano Ultegra and a Stages power meter.

Key items of kit: Apidura Bags, Karoo Hammerhead and BBB Lights.

Sebastian Sarx

Name: Sebastian Sarx

Age: 34

Cap number: 69

Location: Innsbruck, Austria

Bike: Cervelo Caledonia

Key items of kit: Lightweight bivouac kit and down jacket to be independent. A powerful lighting system with multifunctional batteries and many sweets.

Filippo Nicoli

Name: Filippo Nicoli

Age: 35

Cap number: 78 ('A bella figliola)

Location: Bassano del Grappa, Italy

Bike: I'll be riding the Two Volcano Sprint with my Giant Defy Advanced 2, she is quite young, we started cycling together only since this February but we shared hundreds of kilometers crossing Europe. The setup is pretty much standard except for the dt Swiss ER 1400 and the Continental 32mm tyres that hopefully will save my hands and my a**.

Key items of kit: Bags are a mixture of Apidura, Rusjan and on the cockpit I have two handmade food bags made by a famous Italian artisan (Filippo Nicoli®). To keep me fresh during the day and warm at night I've a couple of merino jerseys from Pasol, a great Italian brand, but if this won't be enough I always have with me my puff jacket. My sleeping system consist in a bivvy bag and the Sea to Summit SPL as sleeping bag but to guarantee the perfect comfort I can't forget my water bottle as a pillow, the real secret to sleep three hours and no more. My front light is a Fenix bc21r supported by a headlamp and two cateye rear lights. Wahoo Element Roam as navigation system powered by two power banks of 25.000mAh total.

Patrick Doupe

Name: Patrick Doupe

Age: 40

Cap number: 21

Location: Berlin, Germany

Bike: Bonanno Italo Disco Road

Key items of kit: extra coins for espresso ☕️

Kilian Wagner

Name: Kilian Wagner

Age: 25

Cap number: 90

Location: Germany

Bike: Sauveges bicycles La Route with Shimano Ultegra, 11-34 cassette and Zipp Firecrest 303 wheels.

Key items of kit: Ortlieb frame and saddle bags, Cyclite front pack, Restrap top tube bag and Apidura food pouch. I'm carrying a sleep setup with bivi, sleeping bag and mat.


Name: Winnie

Cap number: 75

Bike: Specialized Diverge Expert with SRAM Eagle groupset 1x: 34 front; 10-50 back; Rotor ALDHU cranks 155mm; rotor power meter. Roval Terra CLX wheels and Rene Herse 35mm tyres.

Key items of kit: Apidura bags. With many thanks to fellow rider Eddie and the staff at Van Herwerden Way to Bike.

Alex Armstrong

Name: Alex Armstrong

Age: 49

Cap number: 26

Location: Sevenoaks, UK

Bike: BMC Roadmachine 01 - One. SRAM Red group set - 46/33 chainring - 10-36 cassette. ENVE 3.4 SES AR wheels - tubeless with Conti GP5000 S TR - 32mm. Specialised 3D printed saddle. AMP Ceramic brakes with 2 spares!

Key items of kit: Lights by Exposure, amazing, including the extra light cell. Tailfin for the rear. Spiders bags on the frame and feed pouch. Garmin Edge 1040 Navigation. 3 spare rear mech hangers 😂 Spare tubeless sealant, many dynaplugs, 20k power pack and turbo fast charger. Lots of great Assos clothes, a sleeping bag and a puffy jack by Stellar Equipment. 3 pairs of gloves and good rain gear.

Tarmo Tarlap

Name: Tarmo Tarlap

Age: 52

Cap number: 103a

Location: Saku, Estonia

Bike: Giant Revolt with Shimano GRX drivetrain and brakes, 2 x 11 spd, 11 - 32 cassette.

Key items of kit: Apidura and Alpkit bags. Rab Solar Eco sleeping bag and Klymit Inertia mat. Lupine lights, Anker charger and Iniu powerbank. Garmin eTrex 20 gps.

Bruno Wicht

Name: Bruno Wicht

Age: 25

Cap number: 94

Location: Switzerland

Bike: Guerciotti Lembeek disc, Shimano 105, 34/50 and 11-34t, DT Swiss CR 1600 wheels mounted with Schwalbe E-One race 32mm tyres. Assiome duo pedals powermeter.

Key items of kit: Back bag: Ortlieb 9L, and front bag: Topeak 5L. Lights: magicshine ALLTY1000 in front, SMART in the back and Petzl nao as headlamp. Sleeping setup: Klymit Inertia X Frame mattress + bivy. Garmin Edge 830.

John Cooke

Name: John Cooke

Age: 50

Cap number: 61

Location: Liverpool

Bike: Giant Defy 2 xs from about 2008. Bought it used for about €180. Mullet gearing 44/28 on the front. 11-28 on rear. 26mm tyres. Caliper brakes, and cheapo 9 speed. Wooooo!!

Key items of kit: Ortlieb bar bag and saddle pack. Dynamo with supernova E3 front light. Rockin the Garmin eTrex 30x.


Name: Frieder

Age: 50

Cap number: 28

Location: Munich, Germany

Bike: Trek Domane SL 7 with SRAM eTap.

Key items of kit: SON Dynamo for charging all electronic devices.