At 22:00 this evening in Geraardsbergen, the 8th edition of the Transcontinental Race begins. I am cap no. 214:
You can follow the race here: https://dotwatcher.cc/race/tcr-no8
I was hoping to write a but about how I’ve been preparing and how I’m feeling about the whole thing, but predictably I haven’t had the time.
In a couple of weeks’ time I’ll tell my story retrospectively with some better blog posts, but in the meantime here’s a bit about the kit.
I’ll also post updates on Instagram at @willvousden.
What I’m taking
Similar to what I took with me last year to Norway, but with a lot of refinement and adjustment for the different climate.
To summarise the main differences…
On the bike
- Mudguards – time to get serious
Old saddle bag→ Restrap Race saddle bag Old frame bag and top tube bags→ Restrap Race equivalents Old pump→ Silca Tattico, which I am confident will not ruin my day by breaking the valve core Cockpit mounted raspberry box→ proper 3D-printed jobby
- TyreWiz pressure sensors
- Handlebars lowered 10 mm, aero bars jacked up 10 mm to compensate
In the luggage
- Spare lycra
- Cold-weather stuff like leg warmers, winter gloves, or overshoes
Ultralight Cumulus sleeping bag→ ultra-ultralight summer bag weighing only 225 g
- Down jacket – using the space freed up by not having the heavier bag
- Silk liner – for when even the ultra-ultralight sleeping bag is too warm
And that’s all I have time to write today!