We woke up early to get some breakfast in and get to the registration before the crowds got there. We had specifically rented the AirBnb closer so that we don’t lose much time moving back-forward and can get easier to the start the day after.
I woke up uneasy on the 24rd of July. I didn’t have to go to work as I was off, but I still couldn’t sleep, full of excitement and a head playing a reel of images. Images describing how I imagined things would be in the next couple of weeks.
We all love kit lists, I mean if you are into anything that involves technical decisions you always want to see what others have made of it and you scout out every detail you can from their setups. No judgement there, I am the same if not more wen it comes to it. So here is the kit that I took on the TCRNo7 and why it worked so well for me.
I keep trying to answer this question both for myself and others. Why do this? Why do you need to suffer, what’s the point, it is stupid!
I took part of the Transcontinental race No7. At the start, the first day hit us with over 40C degrees heat, over 3500m elevation and gravel parcours. By day two I had developed saddle sores. At the end of that day I cycled the last 40 kilometres almost entirely standing, out of the saddle, because I simply couldn’t sit down.
It was 6:20am. I couldn’t sleep. The sun was starting to cut through the darkness outside. I opened my eyes and stared at the ceiling but didn’t see it. Not because of the darkness but because of all the thoughts going through my mind like a movie reel, speeding in front of a project’s light. I was tense while my mind rushed around like a goat just let loose from entrapment.
I’ve been asked recently of what options there are when one goes on these long cycling trips. I thought it would be a good thing to summarise the main strategies, options and a few good kit suggestions that I personally like.
There are many pros and cons to discuss on whether a dynamo should be used or not. This is not the article for it, it assumes you’ve weighed those up and have gone the dynamo route.
All Points North was my first ultra endurance cycling event. I’ve been preparing for this for a long time and so it is useful to verify what went well and what didn’t.
Some rustling noises. I open my eyes, it’s still dark. Two more minutes.
Eventually I wake up. It’s still dark, 5:30a.m. That’s plenty of good sleep, time to go. I realise Chris has packed his stuff and his bed is empty – machine.