Bikes of Pan Celtic Race

Bikes of Pan Celtic Race

5 July, 2022

A 2,530km race starting and ending in Wales with a lap of Ireland takes in some of the most unpredictable weather regions of the UK. No edition of the Pan Celtic Race has ever been spared bad weather; the biblical rain at the start in Cornwall in 2021 and the storms in Scotland in 2019 have gone down in PCR Clan legend.

Photo: Rupert Hartley

Mel Nicholls

Name: Mel Nicholls

Cap number: 125

Location: Tewkesbury

Bike: Carbonbike RevoX race handcycle, 650 American Classic Alu handcycle wheel set, 23mm Swalbe One tyres. SRM power meter on 50-39-27 Q rings, Cassette is Shimano 11-40T with Ultegra brakes.

Key items of kit: Alpkit Koala bike bags x 2, plus stem cells. Pipedream 400 sleeping bag, Cloudbase sleep matt, Hunka bivvy and Rig 3.5 tarp. MytiMug, Koro stove, Flare solar panel. Lights are Exposure Trace, Blaze & Toro. Pluto the Adventure Dawg.

James Houston

Name: James Houston

Age: 46

Cap number: 77

Location: London

Bike: Brompton M12R Special: Raw lacquer Ti, with Brooks saddle, Ergon grips, MKS pedals, and custom Sugino 52/36 chainrings with Ultegra f/d. Which is pretty much the same awesome sauce ingredients as last year, but note the shiny new gold rims which complement the brazing nicely, and the bold hand-cut race numbers, which I'm sure will help me ride just that little bit faster.

Key items of kit: I go with the front Brompton 'T' bag for food, clothes and tools I might want access to quickly. A spare set of clothes, bivvy bag etc are in the Ortlieb bag on the rack. For navigation I'll be using my phone with the BikeGPX app, along with a Garmin 1030 Plus.

Stu Blofeld

Name: Stu Blofeld

Age: 43

Cap number: 54

Location: Leighton Buzzard

Bike: Cyclete - stand up bike. SRAM Eagle GX 12 speed and belt drive for that optimum feeling of running on air :-D

Key items of kit: Restrap handlebar bag packing in my tent, sleeping bag and sleep mat. Ortlieb front panniers for all other gear including my Jetboil for evening pasta mugshots and morning porridge :-P

Simone Eder

Name: Simone Eder

Age: 41

Cap number: 118

Location: Basel, Switzerland

Bike: LOLA//Enigma Etape Custom Titanium with 650b handbuilt DCR wheels, Schwalbe Pro One tires tubeless 28mm, Son deluxe dynamo hub with Sinewave front light and Supernova rear light, Fizik Luce saddle, Zipp seatpost, Chris King rear hub, Shimano Ultegra groupset with absoluteBLACK oval chainrings.

Key items of kit: Full layer of GoreTex… Wild mix of Apidura Bags, Woho saddle bag stabiliser for bottle mount, Garmin Edge 530 and good old eTrex20, Sea to Summit Flame I sleeping bag, Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite mat, OR Stargazer bivi, 7mesh WK3 bibs, Rapha Pro Team Jersey and Giro Sica Techlace MTB Shoes

Neal Bowman

Name: Neal Bowman

Age: 38

Cap number: 216

Location: Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute, Scotland

Bike: RIBBLE Endurance SL, Shimano 105 groupset and I'm running Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon wheels with 28mm tubeless tyres.

Key items of kit: My suite of Restrap bar, frame and saddle bags. My Brooks C13 saddle. Alpkit sleeping bag and bivvy.

Elaine Burroughs

Name: Elaine Burroughs

Age: 53

Cap number: 160

Location: Brighton, England

Bike: Reilly Gradient. Shimano GRX groupset with a 34x42 combo for the hilly bits. Wheels are Hunt C30 Carbon All Road with 32mm tubeless Bontrager R3. Profile Design Ergo 35A Aero Bars with a 60mm riser

Key items of kit: Garmin Edge 1030 for route with backup on phone on Komoot locked in place with a trusty quadlock to provide the tunes as well as keep me on track. Restrap rear seat pack with a Revelate air valve dry bag so I can squish all the air out but still be 100% waterproof, contains OR Helium hooped bivy bag, Alpkit Numo mattress, Alpkit quilt, clothes, first aid kit and wash stuff.

On the front an Exped dry bag under the aerobars containing wet weather clothing, dry socks and Rab jacket. Restrap half frame bag carrying power bank, cables, more tools and supply of painkillers and bum butter! top tube bag for snacks and Ibulieve. Restrap Stem Bag for more snacks and somewhere to put the late night bottle of coke.

Alex Boswell

Name: Alex Boswell

Age: 34

Cap number: 100

Location: Truro, Cornwall

Bike: Specialized Tarmac SL6 (2019), AKA My Boy Blue. Mix of Shimano 105 & Ultegra (53-39 / 11-32t). ALT AIR Rims 28mm wide 45mm deep front 58mm deep at the rear on DT Swiss 350 hubs.

Key items of kit: Topeak Saddlepack for my sleeping kit. Alpkit Frame Bag for tools and daily/mid-ride essentials. Topeak TopLoader top tube bag and Restrap bar bag for fuel & other bits. Magicshine UK Monteer 3500lm with 10,000mAh battery upgrade (it's a monster). Le Col Pro series kit, inc Pro Rain Jacket strapped to saddle bag with HiViz harness.

Lucie Chenet

Name: Lucie Chenet

Age: 28

Cap number: 132

Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland

Bike: Vitus Substance VRS. GRX Groupset, 11-34 cassette. 46-30 chainring. Prime wheels, Four seasons tyres.

Key items of kit: Handlebar pouches are, in my eyes, the best invention ever - especially when they're full of food :)

Dan Bannister

Name: Dan Bannister

Age: 40

Cap number: 51

Location: Outer Sheffield, UK

Bike: Lapierre Xelius (Ooooh lala!), Shimano Ultegra Di2, Scribe Aero 50 wheels with Continental GP5000 tyres. 11-36t cassette.

Key items of kit: Spork. Apidura bags and top tube bag for Haribo/chips as required. Magicshine Monteer 3500lumen light with 10,000k battery + 2x 20k mAh power banks. Garmin Edge 530 tells me where to go. Gore-Tex jacket bungeed to the front for quick access.

Anna Lindén

Name: Anna Lindén

Age: 42

Cap number: 161

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Bike: Specialized Amira Comp

Key items of kit: Tailfin carbon rack with top trunk bag. Restrap front loaded bag that fastens on aero bars which are Profile Design Sonic Ergo 4525A. Apidura small frame bag and Fjällräven food pouch.

Anthony Clark

Name: Anthony Clark

Age: 40

Cap number: #58

Location: East Yorkshire, England

Bike: Mason Bokeh Ti

Key items of kit: - Exposure lights always. Restrap/Tailfin bags. Sea to Summit sleeping bag. Outdoor Research bivy. An on point playlist.

Mimi Anderson

Name: Mimi Anderson

Age: 59

Cap number: 69

Location: Smarden, Kent

Bike: Giant Revolt.

Key items of kit: Tailfin - totally in love with this bit of kit! Restrap Handlebar bag containing sleeping kit, Wahoo Roam for navigation and a bag full of snacks!

Tony Clare

Name: Tony Clare

Age: 44

Cap number: 20

Location: Cropredy, England

Bike: Custom J.Laverack Slate Ti

Key items of kit: I'm using more or less the same setup that I used on last year's Pan Celtic Race with only a few minor tweaks. My key items this year are my Albion Zoa Rain Shell jacket, which will keep me protected from the worst weather that Ireland can throw at me and my SRAM mullet setup with a 52t cog and AXS blips.

Chris Spray

Name: Chris Spray

Age: 49

Cap number: 255

Location: Cheshire, England

Bike: Mason Resolution 2, Shimano Ultegra 11-34t rear - absoluteBLACK oval 46-30t up front, Hunt 4 Season dynamo wheels and Hutchinson Sector 32m tyres.

Key items of kit: Tailfin, Hope RS4 brakes, Restart aero Bar pack, Alpkit frame bags.

Peter Goyder

Name: Peter Goyder

Age: 60

Cap number: 218

Location: Bristol, United Kingdom

Bike: Mason Definition Ultegra Di2 Hydro , 54cm Shutter Black. Ultegra / GRX Di2 1x. 44t absoluteBLACK oval chainring, SRAM chain and cassette (10/42 Force Level). Fizik Terra Argo X3 saddle. Endurance Dyno Bombers from RyanBuildsWheels, SON28 black dynamo hub, Panaracer Gravelking semi slick 700/32C tubeless. Supernova E3 pro frontlight, Supernova E3 dynamo tail light, Igaro D2 power converter. Set up and love by Robin’s Cycle Services.

Key items of kit: Restrap Bar bag with food pouch, stem bag, frame bag medium, saddle bag 14l. Wahoo ELEMNT Bolt and Exposure Link+ helmet light.

Kate Brennan

Name: Kate Brennan

Age: 50

Cap number: 42

Location: Montreal, QC Canada

Bike: Specialized Roubaix

Key items of kit: Apidura saddle bag-sleep system inside. Restrap top tube, 1/2 frame and aerobar race bags with extra clothing, electronics, food and tools inside.

Duncan Borthwick

Name: Duncan Borthwick

Age: 49

Cap number: 14

Location: Southampton, UK

Bike: Ridley Kanzo Speed with Classified 1x electronic gearing Witchcraft (don't ask me how it works, but it's great). 28mm Michelin Endurance tyres. Bontrager TT saddle. Going optimistic and dumping the rear mudguard this year.

Key items of kit: Mismatching bags accumulated over the years with anti-sway additional strap on the back. Exposure lighting the way with Hammerhead Karoo 2 saying 'left' and 'right' at appropriate times.

Rupert Hartley

Name: Rupert Hartley

Age: 37

Cap number: 89

Location: Oxford

Bike: Specialized Tarmac with some wheels (which are Hunt) and a groupset.

Key items of kit: Restrap Race Range bags, Albion Zoa Rain shell, Albion UL Jacket, Suncream (just in case), Restrap fast straps. Spare Wahoo.

Patrick Mende

Name: Patrick Mende

Age: 44

Cap number: 143

Location: Leipzig, Germany

Bike: Ritchey Break Away Road

Key items of kit: Apidura bags. 15,5kg fully packed without water and food.

Peter Browne

Name: Peter Browne

Age: 53

Cap number: 94

Location: Callington, England

Bike: Forme Flash SL - Shimano Di2 with 52x34 chainset and 11-34 cassette. Hand-built Mavic wheels with Son Dynamo hub paired with Supernova light and Sinewave Revolution USB charger.

Key items of kit: Alpkit Hunka Bivvy, Pipedream sleeping bag and cloudbase mat. Gore-Tex Endure Paclite jacket and Endura 3/4 overshorts. Podsac bikepacking bags with everyday kit.

Calum Fisher

Name: Calum Fisher

Age: 32

Cap number: 239

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

Bike: Giant TCR Advanced 1

Key items of kit: - Ortlieb seat pack with tent, mat, sleeping bag and some evening layers. Ortlieb frame bag with first aid, toothbrush, bike spares / repair, more layers, midge net, suncream, batteries etc. Restrap top tube and stem bags with food and bits. Bulging jersey pockets (not pictured) for everything I forgot to pack then couldn't fit on the bike.

Simon La’Moon

Name: Simon La’Moon

Age: 36

Cap number: 196

Location: Worcestershire, UK

Bike: 2020 GT Grade Gravel Elite

Key items of kit: Topeak bags (saddle, top, frame and handlebar). Lezyne front and rear lights. Alpkit feed bag (large). Bivvy & tarp. 1x 34 front and 11-34t rear. Healthy dose of tenacity.

Tomáš Žižlavský

Name: Tomáš Žižlavský

Age: 30

Cap number: 23

Location: Brno, Czechia

Bike: Carbonda 696 with Shimano GRX groupset and Farsports wheels and Continental GP5000 in 32mm tubeless.

Key items of kit: Restrap saddle holster and drybags, Apidura frame and bolt-on pack etc.

Harald Lenud-Pilc

Name: Harald Lenud-Pilc

Age: 26

Cap number: 90

Location: Paris, France

Bike: Genesis Volare, Shimano Ultegra groupset. Sinewave light and Dynamo. All mounted by Cycles Treize Paris

Key items of kit: Bivy bag, mattress, Uniqlo ultralight vest, Tailfin AeroPack. 2 Merino t-shirt and 2 pairs of socks.

Mike Jacklin

Name: Mike Jacklin

Age: 41

Cap number: 123

Location: Disley, UK

Bike: Trek Checkpoint SLR7. GRX Di2. Rotor Q rings. Bontrager RSL 51 wheelset. Pirelli Cinturato 32 tyres. Speedplay pedals.

Key items of kit: Full Roswheel bag set up. Garmin Edge 530.

Andrew Stewart

Name: Andrew Stewart

Age: 49

Cap number: 157

Location: West Sussex, UK

Bike: Mason Bokeh

Key items of kit: Mixture of Restrap, Apidura and Alpkit bags. Exposure lights, USE aero extensions. Sleep system comprises of Alpkit bivvy and matt, Mountain Equipment Helium sleeping bag and a lightweight Sea to Summit pillow! 5 star accommodation!

Christina Mckay

Name: Christina Mckay

Age: 42

Cap number: 194

Location: Penmachno, Wales

Bike: Trek Emonda

Key items of kit: Alpkit, Exposure lights and Vango F10 tent.

Dan Conaway

Name: Dan Conaway

Age: 42

Cap number: 34

Location: Middlewich, Cheshire

Bike: TREK Checkpoint 2022 custom build, SRAM Eagle, 10-52 cassette, Bontrager carbon wheel set with SON dynamo powering my Exposure front and rear dynamo set up, Profile design aero bars. This year I’m going with Restrap bags including a custom frame bag and the race handlebar and top tube bags. Garmin 1030 with Garmin external backup power bank

Key items of kit: My sleep kit all fits nicely in my Restrap race handlebar bag, this includes my super Sea to Summit Spark sleeping back, Thermarest half sleeping bag, paired with a Alpkit Kloke Bivvy. Main frame bag will be for some spares and easily accessible bits with the toptube bag being used for electronics and some snacks.

Matt Starling

Name: Matt Starling

Age: 47

Location: Crafthole, Cornwall

Bike: 2020 Genesis Equilibrium Disc, 11/34 compact, Shimano 105. Redshift stem, Hunt 4 Season wheels, Schwalbe G One Speed 30mm tubeless, Dynamo and Canyon split carbon seat post.

Key items of kit: Hammerhead Karoo computer, Sinewave charger, OR Helium bivy, OMM mountain raid jacket & half bag.

Harvey Tye

Name: Harvey Tye

Age: 56

Cap number: 208

Location: Carlisle

Bike: Trek Emonda SL

Key items of kit: Spare socks, chamois cream and Pro plus.

Phil Stanley

Name: Phil Stanley

Age: 40

Cap number: 50

Location: Swindon

Bike: Kinesis Tripster AT - Arran Blue. Shimano 105 R7000 groupset with 50/34 front, 11-34 rear. Deda parabolica clip on tribars.

Key items of kit: Bags: Restrap Adventure Race set + Ridgeway Works stem bags. Lights: SON Edelux II front and rear via SONdelux dynamo + Exposure Strada, Blaze and Trace. Navigation: Garmin Edge 1030 + power pack. Sleep kit: Alpkit Elan bivvy, Sea to Summit Spark 1 sleeping bag, Gram-counter Gear Crash Out Mat. Parts: Spare mech hanger, set of part worn break pads, FibreFix emergency spoke + assorted bolts, tools and zip ties.

Winfred Peereboom

Name: Winfred Peereboom

Age: 42

Cap number: 176

Location: Katwijk, The Netherlands

Bike: Rondo Ruut X 2021, 11 speed Shimano GRX. Custom KMC orange/black chain to match colours ;) . WTB tubeless 32mm Expense tires.

Key items of kit: Ortlieb saddle and frame bag. Restrap tube bag for direct access to phone, power bank etc. Custom food bag between aero bars.

Michael Wray

Name: Michael Wray

Age: 50

Cap number: 268

Location: Carmarthenshire, Wales

Bike: Planet X Tempest, SRAM Rival 1x11 speed and 55 carbon wheels.

Key items of kit: Restrap bags, bivy bag With sleeping bag and CatEye lights.

Rodolphe Mannessier

Name: Rodolphe Mannessier

Age: 27

Cap number: 80

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Bike: Fairlight Strael, Shimano Ultegra groupset with Praxis crankset. Custom wheels laced by myself and many more custom components.

Key items of kit: My custom 12-34t cassette, to be able to still spin up hills on day seven.

Kris Greig

Name: Kris Greig

Age: 36

Cap number: 219

Location: Gourdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Bike: 2019 Cannondale topstone AL 105 with Brooks C17 saddle. Running Panaracer GravelKing SS 35mm tyres

Key items of kit: Restrap handlebar bag with sleeping kit: bivvy, air mattress, inflatable pillow, sleeping bag and Mossie head net. Restrap bar bag: power bank, phone and charging leads. Frame bag: tools, pump, inner tubes and other spares. Restrap saddle bag: clothing, toiletries and spare cycling kit. Navigation: Garmin Edge Touring. Lights: Ravemen PR1200 and few cheap rechargeable back up.

Paddy Dunne

Name: Paddy Dunne

Age: 60

Cap number: 81

Location: Wiltshire UK

Bike: Curve Belgie

Key items of kit: Exposure Lights

Pål Helge (PH) Vorkinn

Name: Pål Helge (PH) Vorkinn

Age: 51

Cap number: 170

Location: Lillehammer, Norway

Bike: Trek Domane SL7 Disc, 2019. Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset, 50/34 x 11-32. Bontrager Aeolus Pro 3 Disc wheels. Schwalbe Pro One 30 mm tires. Pirelli P Zero Smarttube inner tubes (my biggest concern). 4iiii power metre. Brooks Cambium C13/158 saddle.Deda Parabolica Uno Alta aero bars

Key items of kit: Mainly Revelate Designs bags. Bivy bag, liner and sleeping mat. Garmin Edge 520 computer. Garmin Edge 520 for backup. Bontrager lights. No dynamo, will use power banks (good excuse to sleep in a hotel occasionally). Couldn't make this without a lot of Voile straps + a lot of stuff I will never use. Key item: Loads of sunscreen. The sun always shines in Wales and Ireland, right?

Ross Lovell

Name: Ross Lovell

Age: 38

Cap number: 5

Location: Devon, England

Bike: Vitus Venon Prototype (carbon). Groupset: SRAM RIVAL eTap 43/30T x 10-34t. Tyres: Continental GP5000, 32mm, tubeless. Wheels: Prime carbon 38, Roval CLX 32 with SONdelux 12 dynamo. Saddle: Prime Primavera carbon shorty.

Key items of kit: Lights: K-Lite Bikepacker Ultra. Aerobars: Profile Design Supersonic Ergo 4525c. Frame pack: Apidura Expedition 5.3l. Saddle pack: Apidura Expedition 14l. Top tube pack: Apidura Expedition 1l. GPS: Garmin Edge 530 with battery pack.

Jonathan Riding

Name: Jonathan Riding

Age: 54

Cap number: 11

Location: Portsmouth, England.

Bike: Reilly Gradient, Ultegra/GRX 46/31-11-40, Hunt Superdura Dynamo wheels, Vittoria Terreno Zero 38mm tyres.

Key items of kit: Restrap bags, Terra Nova Laser Pulse 1 tent, Alpkit Pipedream 200 sleeping bag, Exposure Revo/RedEye/Blaze lights. Gary riding shotgun.

Joseph Graystone

Name: Joseph Graystone

Age: 48

Cap number: 007

Location: Oxford

Bike: J.Laverack JACK

Key items of kit: Sea-to-Summit SP0 sleeping bag. Alpkit Kloke Bivvy. Filo Nemo Elite Pillow. Son Dynamo and SuperNova E3 light. Adidas sliders + off the bike clothes for the full value experience. Mixture of Restrap and Apidura bags.

Claire Brook

Name: Claire Brook

Cap number: 223

Location: St. Louis, MO, USA

Bike: 2018 Norco Search XR aka Charlie.

Key items of kit: Tailfin Aeropack, Apidura bar bags carrying essentials for sleep & staying warm & dry. Revelate Designs top tube bag for snacks. Orange Mud backpack. Garmin Edge 530 attached to Ride Farr aero bar. Exposure lights, with Bontrager Flares as backup. Skratch hydration mix. Rhubarb & custard Torq gels for attitude adjustment as needed!

Alan Chell

Name: Alan Chell

Age: 49

Cap number: 232

Location: Stoke on Trent, UK

Bike: Cube Cross, mostly Shimano 105 with Mavic wheelset and Continental GP5000s running tubes. A bit like Triggers brush, remaining original parts are just frame, forks and mechs. Total with kit is 19kg.

Key items of kit: Bivvy and sleeping bag, a few spare clothes, charging banks, spork and sun cream (waterproof version😎)

Tom Hall

Name: Tom Hall

Age: 41

Cap number: 16

Location: Brighton, England

Bike: Mason Bokeh with Hunt wheels, Teravail Rampart tyres (tan wall cos I'm a fancy boi), 1x GRX groupset. It's my gravel bike but so totally unflappable and confidence inspiring that it gets used as a road bike and an MTB as well. Apidura Race Series bar bag, Apidura Back Country food pods, top tube back, frame pack and seat pack + wee lil fold out backpack.

Key items of kit: Hunt/SON dynamo hub, K-Lite front light and charging kit, Apidura bags, bluetooth speaker for midnight Taylor Swift sessions (sorry rural Ireland).

Mikee Lonergan

Name: Mikee Lonergan

Age: 46

Cap number: 124

Location: Wexford, Ireland

Bike: Curve Belgie V2 SRAM Force eTap AXS 12s.

Key items of kit: Front wheel fitted with Son Deluxe Dynamo Hub running K-Lite Backpacker Pro 1200 front light & Dual USB Charger. Carbon Tailfin. Revelate Designs Cockpit bag x2. Knog Blinder Road rear & front light back-up. Exposure TraceR MK2. Most important Rock brothers Brass bell for Sleepy sheep.

Gaele Atkinson

Name: Gaele Atkinson

Age: 52

Cap number: 99

Location: Llangollen, North Wales

Bike: Stayer UG with SRAM eTap AXS and 33/46 10-36t gears. Hunt dynamo wheels, WTB chubby slicks and 36mm comfort mode.

Key items of kit: Tailfin and Apidura bags, Exposure lights, Terra Nova Moonlite bivy and Klymit sleeping mat, no sleeping bag, travel light freeze at night....

Iain Webster

Name: Iain Webster

Age: 41

Cap number: 182

Location: Perthshire

Bike: Merida Silex 8000 frameset. SRAM Red eTap 11 speed groupset with Quarq Dfour Dub chainset. (50/34 x 11-34). Reynolds AR62/58X wheelset. Pirelli P-Zero 700/30c tubeless.

Key items of kit: Exposure Strada & Blaze lights. Restrap Race bags. Garmin Edge 1040 Solar headunit.

Craig Hyde

Name: Craig Hyde

Age: 33

Cap number: 202

Location: Berkshire, UK

Bike: Ribble CGR AL, Shimano 105 groupset with SRAM 11-36 on the back to help get up those mountains. Pirelli Cinturato 32mm tyres for that puncture protection.

Key items of kit: Outer Shell Bag: Small bag on the front for food, Green power bank, Ricoh GR camera. Restrap Race Frame Bag: multi-tool, trek bars, 7mesh Shakedry Waterproof, arm and leg warmers. Tailfin: budget sleeping setup (Aegismax ultralight sleeping bag from Ali Express & Bivvy Bag), spare kit (Rapha cargo bib, Finisterre merino t-shirt, Patagonia Nano Puff jacket), charger & cables and most importantly Tailfin side cage with integrated bottle opener. Profile Design bars and DIY bridge for phone and Exposure lights.

Forbes Duncan

Name: Forbes Duncan

Age: 33

Cap number: 24

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

Bike: Planet X Pro Carbon EVO. 2x11spd 11-36 x 50/34 gears. Mavic Ksyrium carbon wheels.

Key items of kit: Ortlieb/Alpkit bags. Garmin for navigation. Lezyne lights and my lucky whale.

Donna Mitchell

Name: Donna Mitchell

Age: 50

Cap number: 092

Location: Portsmouth, England

Bike: Enigma Etape (aka Betty Bike)

Key items of kit: Tailfin, Restrap bar bag, Restrap top tube bag and Restrap stem bags.

Jake Brewer

Name: Jake Brewer

Age: 39

Cap number: 53

Location: Bristol, UK

Bike: Reilly Gradient Ti (aka Sgt. Reilly/The Sarge) with SRAM AXS Mullet setup: 40 (oval) x 10-50t. HUNT 4-season wheels with 32mm Panaracer GravelKing Semi-Slick+ Tubeless tyres.

Key items of kit: Front: Restrap Aero Bar Bag with bivy bag, sleeping bag & sleeping mat (incl. inflatable pillow for sweet dreams). Apidura feed pouch attached to the side for snacks (might remove). Middle: Apidura Racing series top tube/frame bags for Anker 20,000 mAH power bank, cables, chargers, AXS batteries, phone, lip balm, cash, chamois cream, sun cream, knife, etc.. Tools (incl. pump & tubes) in the black down-tube bottle. Rear: Apidura Expedition Saddle bag with down jacket, long-sleeve merino t-shirt, casual shorts, cycling layers, toiletries, Arc'Teryx mega rain jacket if Ireland decides to get Biblical. Lights (front): Exposure STRADA 1500. Lights (rear): Exposure TraceR (x 2) & Lezyne Zecto Drive Max (clipped to bag). Navigation: Wahoo BOLT (older model).

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Felix Kasper

Name: Felix Kasper

Age: 33

Cap number: 120

Location: Haarlem, Netherlands

Bike: Curve GXR with Hunt 4Season wheels, Son Deluxe dynamo hub and Sinewave light. WTB expanse 32mm tires, Shimano GRX groupset with 38-11/42, eeSilk seatpost for some extra comfort. Vap Butterfly handlebar mount system.

Key items of kit: Mix of Restrap and Alpkit bags. Sleeping system with MSR E-bivy, mont-bell Down Hugger 900 sleeping bag, Sea to Summit ultralight insulated mat. For navigation Hammerhead with phone backup and 2x 5000mAh battery. Christmas tree rain jacket and waterproof shorts for visibility and anything the West Coast throws at us.

Joe France

Name: Joe France

Age: 46

Cap number: 21

Location: Ravenfield, Yorkshire, England

Bike: Reilly Gradient V2 (called Clifford, if you know you know) with Hunt wheels and Shimano Ultegra Di2, 46/30 with 11-36t gearing

Key items of kit: K-lite lighting set up with charging, Cranktank 3 for water, home made frame bag for cold weather bits and easy access sundries, wash bag between aero bars for charging kit and food, homemade rear rack (old carbon tent poles) 13l dry bag with tent, sleeping bag, change of kit and some civvies for not riding 😂 and a cut down foam mat for a dreamy nights sleep 🤷‍♂️🤦‍♂️

Tamzin Dewar

Name: Tamzin Dewar

Age: 25

Cap number: 180

Location: Glasgow, Scotland

Bike: I'm riding a 3T Exploro Team Rival. Hope 20FIVE Wheels with 38mm Panaracer Gravelkings and SON 28 Dynamo Hub with Supernova Dynamo lights front and rear and a Sinewave converter.

Key items of kit: Apidura Seat Pack, Wizard Works Custom Frame Bag, Wizard Works Go Go Top Tube Bag, Wizard Works Custom Handlebar Harness, Rapha Bar Bag. Sleep kit: Bivvy, sleeping bag, sleeping mat. Spare pair of shorts and socks. I have a temperamental Wahoo Roam for navigation and a comprehensive first aid and repair kit. Essential items are my Aftershokz headphones and my Gore-Tex Shakedry jacket.

Richard Parry

Name: Richard Parry

Age: 50

Cap number: 76

Location: London, UK

Bike: Cannondale Topstone RX, running 46/34 chainset and 32mm Continental 4 Season Tyres

Key items of kit: Tailfin (borrowed) and Exposure Race light

Paul Wainwright

Name: Paul Wainwright

Age: 44

Cap number: You'll be fine #109

Location: York, England

Bike: Cannondale Synapse with small evolutions from last year... the main thing being a custom wheelset from ALT.Cycling, with the front built on a SON dynamo hub.

Key items of kit: Bags stay as a mix of Restrap and Apidura (the frame bag has grown a couple of inches longer thanks to Isla and Ona on fathers day ♥️). Lighting is now from Exposure and charging from the dynamo via a Sinewave revolution USB box of magic.

John Regan

Name: John Regan

Age: 53

Cap number: 201

Location: Pembrokeshire, Wales

Bike: Temple Adventure Disc with Shimano 105 throughout. 50/34 chainring 11-36t rear cassette. Ryanbuildswheels with Schwalbe G-one all-round 35mm tubeless tyres. Brooks saddle.

Key items of kit: Apidura bags, Garmin Edge 1030 with battery pack. Exposure MaXx-D and Exposure Sirius front lights with Exposure rear. OEX Bush Pro bivvy and Vango Aotrom inflatable mattress.

James Crooks

Name: James Crooks

Age: 40

Cap number: 55

Location: Sevenoaks, Kent, England

Bike: Mason Aspect running Shimano GRX Di2 with Rotor rings and cranks, Hunt wheels with Continental GP5000 STR rubber and a SON dynamo connected to a Sinewave Beacon supplemented with Exposure and CatEye lights. Brooks saddle, Zipp Service Course bars and Profile Design aero bars round things out.

Key items of kit: The Tailfin is the most significant bit of kit alongside the Cyclite aero bar bag and Restrap frame, top tube (extra long for extra snacks) and snack bags. Shelter will be the Nordisk Lofoten tent with Sea to Summit sleeping bag, Therm-a-Rest pad and luxury blow up pillow. Nav will be Garmin Edge 1030.

Chris Bates

Name: Chris Bates

Cap number: 165

Bike: Planet X Tempest with 11 speed SRAM Force 1x drivetrain with 38t front and 42t rear. 55mm carbon wheels with Continental GP5000 TRS 32mm tyres. Double wrapped carbon handlebars, Selle SMP Pro saddle on inline carbon seatpost and Shimano XT SPD pedals.

Key items of kit: Restrap rear and front bags, Restrap frame bag and Podsacs handlebar bags. Garmin eTrex 22x.

Graeme Burnett

Name: Graeme Burnett

Age: 47

Cap number: 61

Location: Elgin, Scotland

Bike: Enigma Etape, polished and ready to go. Hunt Superdura disc wheels with Conti GP5000 tyres 32mm, Shimano Ultegra groupset, Gilles Berthoud Aravis saddle, SONdelux Dyno with Exposure Revo headlight, RedEye tail light. Profile Design Sonic Ergo Aero Bar with 40mm risers.

Key items of kit: Wahoo Elemnt, Restrap Bags, Terra nova laser compact 1 tent, Alpkit Pipedream 200 sleeping bag, Vango Aotrom sleeping mat, MSR Pocket Rocket stove, Albion ABR1 bib shorts, jersey, arm/leg warmers and SNACKS.

George Bennett

Name: George Bennett

Age: 44

Cap number: 38

Location: Bicester, England

Bike: Reilly Steel frame, DCR alu wheels with SON dynamo hub. Shimano 105 with gears 50/34 x 11-32t.

Key items of kit: Apidura frame and saddle bag. Feed bag on aero bars, top tube bag for easy reach essentials.

Ian Trevis

Name: Ian Trevis

Age: 38

Cap number: 85

Location: Totnes, Devon

Bike: Kinesis RTD with Ultegra Disc groupset, infocrank power meter, Hunt Aero wide wheelset and Hutchinson Sector 32 tyres tubeless.

Key items of kit: Exposure lights Sirius Mk9 and Exposure Tracer Mk2 Reakt. Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM GPS. 2 battery cells and 2 x mobile phones (a lesson learnt from 2021!). Alpkit sleep stuff, mat, bag and pillow (luxury item!).

Jon Stainsby

Name: Jon Stainsby

Age: 54

Cap number: 62

Location: Robertsbridge, East Sussex

Bike: Kinesis Tripster Ti, SRAM Rival with 50/34 with 12-32. Hunt gravel rims, Hutchinson Sector 32 tubeless. Profile T2 + aero bars, Brooks Cambium C15. Son Deluxe dynamo and Supernova lights.

Key items of kit: Restrap race bags, Apidura frame bag and OMM half sleeping bag. Down gilet, Alpkit Kloke bivvy bag, Therm-a-Rest small XLite pad, Sea to Summit inflatable pillow. Piece of (radiator) insulator closed cell foil for added insulation. Exposure rear light.

Ronan Joncour

Name: Ronan Joncour

Age: 48

Cap number: 243

Location: Nancy, France

Bike: Genesis CDA30

Key items of kit: Garmin Edge 830 for route, phone for music, tent for comfort (a little bit cumbersome). A rear bag for dry stuff, the other is for pretty wet stuff, and food. The tent in a dry bag on the front, tools and other things in the middle. And two litres of water. All bags are from ortlieb.

Chris Jackson

Name: Chris Jackson

Age: 63

Cap number: 059

Location: Falmouth, Cornwall & La Ciotat, France

Bike: Orbea Orca M20 2021 edition. Shimano Ultegra mechanical, 50/34 plus 11/36 Sram cassette. Stages power meter. Pacenti custom wheel builds with SON28 Dynamo and Hope 4 rear hub. 30mm Pirelli P-Zero tubeless tires. Igaro D2 USB charger. SON Edelux dynamo lights with Exposure Strada and TraceR Reakt secondary lights. Size 57cm and 16kg dry.

Key items of kit: I plan to mostly bivi as this makes it much more of an adventure and break from the usual. I have an Outdoor Research Helium bivi, Sea to Summit, lightweight down sleeping bag plus an inflatable pillow (pillow makes a big difference!) resting on a Therm-a-Rest half mat. I've found that waking warm makes a massive difference so the weight of the sleeping bag is well worth it and the Helium bivi breathes very well, so no condensation. No tri bars this trip, this is primarily a neck saving strategy. On previous races I've over done the tri-bar usage and had neck problems as a result. I barely used them on last year's PCR and this helped. (I start the race aged 62 but turn 63 a few days in.. ;) )

Matt Ringrow

Name: Matt Ringrow

Age: 31

Cap number: 71

Location: Somerset, England.

Bike: Vitus Substance gravel ting with skinnier wheels. GRX has just been fitted running 42t front ring. Aero bars on 60mm risers for that comfort. Scribe Duty D wheels should be bombproof for the duration.

Key items of kit: Full Vel bags throughout, waterproof and a clean design. Crocs because comfort is key.

Stefan Lachinger

Name: Stefan Lachinger

Age: 45

Cap number: 121

Location: Vienna, Austria

Bike: Custom steel frame (from Orlowski frames). 46/30 front, 11/34 rear. 10speed Shimano 105 shifters with Microshift derailleur. SON dynamo hub with IQ-X light.

Key items of kit: Usual mix of bags and kit. Bivy, sleeping bag and airmat in front, clothes in the back, tools, electronics, mid-ride items, in frame bag. Toptube bag for camera, powerbars, headphones etc....

Paul Carr

Name: Paul Carr

Age: 55

Cap number: 138

Location: Keighley, England

Bike: Cannondale CAAD13

Key items of kit: Restrap bikepacks.

Rupert Kellie

Name: Rupert Kellie

Age: 44

Cap number: 074

Location: Hampshire, UK

Bike: Trek Domane SL5 running Shimano 105 groupset, 50/34 crankset and 11/34 cassette. Hunt SuperDura Dynamo wheelset (with SONdelux dynamo) and 32C Continental GP5000s. SON dynamo connected into Sinewave Revolution and Exposure Revo and RedEye lights, complemented by Exposure Strada MK10 light. Profile Design Sonic Ergo 35A aero bars. Specialised Power Arc saddle.

Key items of kit: Full Restrap for the bags: Restrap 14L saddle pack, Restrap Bar bag, Restrap Race frame bag, Restrap Race top tube bag and Restrap Race stem bag. The major kit items are Outdoor Research Helium Bivvy, Big Agnes Pluton UL40 sleeping bag, Thermarest Neoair Uberlite. Then various clothing for all the weathers on WAW and little Bruno (my mascot from the kids) hitching a lift.

Sam Davied

Name: Sam Davied

Age: 28

Cap number: 215

Location: London, UK

Bike: Look 785 Huez RS. Zipp 303s wheels. Mostly mechanical Shimano Ultegra with some AB bits.

Key items of kit: Restrap race baggage. OR Helium bivvy. 1km of protective frame tape.

Ali Dore

Name: Ali Dore

Age: 60

Cap number: 148

Location: Caerwys , North Wales

Bike: Stanforth Skylander: frame and fork handbuilt in England with Reynolds 853. Shifters Microshift 10 speed bar-end shifters, T800 Deore XT triple chainset 10 speed 48/36/26T. BB is Shimano XT and rims R460DB disc rims with Marathon Supreme 35mm tyres.

Key items of kit: Waterproof socks and gloves. Glasses and tick remover.

Douglas Connell

Name: Douglas Connell

Age: 27

Cap number: 207

Location: Stafford, England

Bike: Orro Venturi STC Taylor Made, 28 mm tubeless tyres, 52-36 with a 34-11 cassette.

Key items of kit: Bivvy gear!! Planning on bivvying the whole race for 'banter'.

Loz Walters

Name: Loz Walters

Age: 30

Cap number: 222


Bike: 54 cm Dolan Pre Cursa track. Parcours Passista wheels on Phil Wood & SON hubs from RyanBuildsWheels. 800mm bars and 110mm stem.

Key items of kit: Tailfin where I can, Apidura where I can't. Expedition meals, heavy playlist, buckfast, cbd, latex gloves. Sense of purpose. Don't forget to bring a trowel.

Mike Kear

Name: Mike Kear

Age: 55

Cap number: 261

Location: Usk

Bike: Reilly Spectre, Di2 with 11-26 & 52-34, Strada All Season Disc wheelset with Conti 5000TL 32s.

Key items of kit: Garmin Edge 1040 Solar, Apidura bags, Alpkit bivvy & sleeping bag and Sinewave beacon front light off SP dynamo.

Leon aka @RibbleAdventures

Name: Leon aka @RibbleAdventures

Age: 39

Cap number: 003

Location: Wirral, England

Bike: I will be riding on my Ribble Endurance ti: Shimano Ultegra groupset (52-34:11-40), Brooks B17 special saddle & tape, DT Swiss wheels with SON dynamo and lights, Restrap Race bags, Hutchinson 32c tires.

Key items of kit: Cycling-specific kit is all from Isadore: Patagonia puffa, Inov8 hooded jacket, Alpkit bivi, Sea to Summit bag and mat. A few spares, tools, creams and lubricants.

Nik Randall

Name: Nik Randall

Age: 54

Cap number: 188

Location: Lincolnshire, UK

Bike: Moda Strega, Ultegra groupset, Spinergy GXX Wheels. Nickname is the Witch-Bike

Key items of kit: Restrap front end bags, Tailfin Carbon aero rear bag. Alpkit Hunka bivvi bag, Sea to Summit quilt. Mindflayer mascot for inspiration and mind control purposes...

Jacob Sanders

Name: Jacob Sanders

Age: 28

Cap number: 177

Location: Cardiff

Bike: Lapierre Aircode 900 SL Ultimate, Dura Ace Di2, Pura Velo Weave 50mm front wheel with Son SP Deluxe Dynamo hub, Exposure Revo front light and Exposure rear light, CES Sport RC88 88mm rear wheel. Dry weight fully loaded is 13kg.

Key items of kit: Bivvy, sleeping bag and roll mat for accommodation

Alasdair Auchterlonie

Name: Alasdair Auchterlonie

Age: 33

Cap number: 25

Location: Edinburgh

Bike: Planet X Hurricane, MTB rear mech with a 11-40t cassette and 50-34 at the front, Winspace wheels, gold chain and Hope bearings.

Key items of kit: Helium bivvy, Alpkit bag, Restrap bags, Therm-a-Rest, big ol bag of edibles, and every set of spare brake pads Edinburgh had going.

Mark Courtier

Name: Mark Courtier

Age: 32

Cap number: 87

Location: Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK

Bike: Kinesis Tripster AT; Hunt Superdura Dynamo Disk wheels; mixed Shimano groupset with GRX 48-31 crankset, SRAM 11-36 cassette and TRP Spyre disk brakes; Continental GP5000 tyres (with tubes); Supernova dynamo lights; Redshift stem; and 3T aerobars.

Key items of kit: Mix of Apidura and Restrap bags; predominately Rapha clothing; predominately Endura waterproofs; Outdoor Research Helium Bivy; Rab down jacket and sleeping bag; Garmin Edge 1040 Solar; Exposure Link+ light; and a proper pump and tools.

Gavin Pailing

Name: Gavin Pailing

Age: 52

Cap number: 183

Location: Warrington

Bike: Enigma Excel

Key items of kit: Restrap bags and bottles (magnetic mounts are a great solution for frame bags where space is limited). Tailfin is great too.

Mike Redshaw

Name: Mike Redshaw

Age: 43

Cap number: 67

Location: Cornwall

Bike: Kinesis RTD. Shimano Ultegra Di2 / GRX 46/31 : 34. Pacenti Forza wide wheels with Schwalbe Pro tubeless tyres 30mm

Key items of kit: Restrap race bags. Son 28 dynamo / Exposure Revo and head mounted Axis front. CatEye battery operated rears lights. Profile bars with integrated rear shifting. Selle Italia Max SLR gel Superflow saddle.

Ceri Middleton

Name: Ceri Middleton

Age: 25

Cap number: 199

Location: Devon, England.

Bike: Trek Domane SL 2019 54cm, 28mm tubeless tyres

Key items of kit: Apidura handlebar bag and saddle bag for the sleeping system, spare clothes, spare battery packs and tools. Stem, frame and top tube bag for all of the goodies and snacks to be eaten on the ride! Garmin Edge 820 for navigation, attached to the clip-on TT bars.