Bikes of Wild West Country
5 May, 2022
Name: Justin Freeman
Location: Gloucester, England
Bike: Orbea Terra
Key items of kit: Topeak Front loader handlebar bag, Topeak Backloader tail bag and Topeak Middleloader top tube bag.
Name: Liz Hughes
Bike: Genesis Vapour Carbon CX setup with 28cc tyres, 388mm prime rims laced onto dt swiss hubs. I've kept the off road gearing ready for the punchy climbs with 38 teeth up front and 11-42 at the back. I'll be sad if I up up walking up anything!
Key items of kit: The bags are a mix of Apidura and Straight Cut with a custom frame bag for water and snacks. Electronics sit in the top tube bag and a minimal OMM sleeping bag and down jacket are stashed in the saddle bag. I have an MTB batteries light on the front plus a Silva headtorch and an array of alpkit basic blinkies.
Name: David Ayre
Bike: BMC GranFondo GF01 with Shimano 105, Fizik Antares Versus Evo R3 adaptive saddle and Hunt Aero Carbon 50 wheels.
Key items of kit: Tailfin Carbon rack with AP20 Trunk top bag, Restrap top tube bag.
Tom Van Hout
Name: Tom Van Hout
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Bike: My weapon of choice is a 2020 3T Strada with a 2x SRAM Force AXS gruppo (46/33 x 10-30), 28mm tubeless Vittoria Corsa rubber, ZIPP 303s wheelset, Shimano XTR pedals, and Spurcycle bell for good measure.
Key items of kit: Perfidious minimalism for the Wild West Country. A Camelbak Chase bike vest for hydration and wine gum purposes, Apidura seatpost & frame bag, an Anker powerbank, two Lezyne front and rear lights, 1 spare set of Rapha bibs, socks, rain jacket and jersey, tools and a brown hair strap gifted by a friend for good luck.
Name: Kitty Dennis
Bike: Bowman Weald
Key items of kit: Apidura racing packs with Sea to Summit sleeping bag and MSR bivvy.
Lots of snacks and lots of warm layers.
Name: Simon Vale
Location: Kidderminster, UK
Bike: Fairlight Secan 2.0 - Shimano Ultegra 2x11 (f34/50 r11/40), Hunt Four Season wheels, Schwable 700x32 G-one speed tyres, Enve bar/stem combo & Selle Italia Slr boost super flow saddle.
Key items of kit: Bags - combination of Tailfin & Restrap.
Electronics - Garmin Edge 1030 for mapping/navigation, iniu 20,000 mAh power bank & Lezyne Connect Smart 1000xl /KYB smart light pair.
Sleep system - Outdoor Research Helium Bivvy, Pipedream 400 sleeping bag & Cloudbase sleeping Matt.
Clothing - combination of PEdALED jersey & bib, thermal base layer & spare kit of the same and Endura Thermaloft jacket.
Name: Marcus Adey
Location: Cirencester, UK
Bike: Bike: Reilly “Gradient”
Group set: SHIMANO GRX 810. 2x set up. Dia-Comp ENE Bar end friction shifter for front derailleur. Wheels: DT Swiss GR1600 Spline, disc brakes. Tires: Continental Grand Prix 5000, 700/32C. Profile aero bars, SMP Drakon saddle and Crank Brothers Stamp 1 pedals.
Key items of kit: Sleep system: Hotels for first two stages. Then, as and when, “Audax hotel” for third stage.
Bags: Tailfin AeroPack w/ Ortleib Pannier Apidura Racing 1/2 Frame bag Apidura Backcountry Food Pouch Top tube bag, Rapha Bar bag, Acepack Lights: Front, Cateye Volt 800 & Klarus XT21X Pro 4400 Front and rear, Seesense iCon2
Name: Ben Chuilon
Location: Oxford, UK
Bike: Cinelli Zydeco 2020 with Hunt 35 Carbon Aero Wheelset, 30mm tubeless tyres, Campagnolo Centaur groupset (50/34 & 13/32 gearing), TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes.
Key items of kit: Tailfin carbon rack and aeropack, Garmin Edge 530 (+Edge 810 for backup), two Cateye Volt 500 front lights and a few Cateye rear lights, 20'000mAh power bank, emergency foil bivvy bag. I use a collection of small bags up front for easy access items, and no aero-bars.
Name: Yusuf Mouharrem
Your bike: Craft cadence top tube bag! Allows for a Garmin mount on top and the magnetic opening is hassle free.
Name: Calvin Friedman
Cap number: 3
Bike: Boardman SLR
Key items of kit: Goretex shakedry jacket and plenty of clothing layers
Name: Ian McKay
Cap number: 13A
Location: Swindon, England
Bike: Nukeproof Digger aka 'tiny' Scottish gnome. Huge dinner plate rear cassette for hills. 700cc x 38 Hutchinsons at 38psi. Brooks C15 to keep everything happy!
Key items of kit: Apidura bags, all the ones I could buy! Sleeping in bivvy bag with Vango 200, bag liner and a face mask, no slugs are getting in! Looking forward to making friends, raising money for SGMind (Swindon & Gloucestershire Mind charity) and riding for 5 days!
Name: Peter Newing
Cap number: 23B
Location: Somerset, England.
Bike: Open Up Wide
Key items of kit: Tailfin rack, top tube bag and 5l panniers. Exposure lights front and back.
Name: Kirsten Cluley
Bike: Rose Pro SL
Key items of kit: Saddle bag, bar bag and frame ‘purse’ - as my male friends call it!