February 2017

The App on my phone tells me that there’s just 166 days and 1 hour until the beginning of TCR no.5. Yikes…?!

What I do on each of the next 166 days will have some contribution towards my experience of the race. The way I picture it, each day might entail a marginal gain, or marginal loss, or maybe neither. Ideally, there’ll be an opportunity every single day to make sure that I’m doing something active towards my preparation, resulting in a consistent series of marginal gains. Hence arriving at the start line as physically, mentally and practically as prepared as is possible. This means actual riding time / physical training for the most part, but kit preparation and route planning also require meticulous attention.

Here’s a first issue of my bike set up and kit list. This will no doubt look different to the final kit list, since I intend to train with, test and modify the details. I’m looking forward to the day that I can lay everything out and say, this is what I’m taking. All in good time!


Carl the Cube Attain. An aluminium frame with carbon forks. Carl was a recent purchase who replaced my Condor Heritage. I chose Aluminium since it ticks all the boxes in terms of comfort, price and weight.


Yet to be sorted. To include a SON Deluxe dynamo.


  • Castelli bib shorts
  • Short sleeve jersey
  • Fingerless gloves
  • Kask Mojito helmet + TCR cap + Oakleys
  • Neck buff
  • Castelli windproof gilet
  • 1 x base layer
  • Socks
  • SPD Shimano shoes

Apidura / Rapha Saddle Pack to contain:

  • Alpkit Hunka Bivy Bag & Alpkit Numo lightweight sleeping mat
  • Lightweight synthetic sleeping bag
  • LWE Waterproof / Breathable Jacket
  • RAB gilet
  • 2 x spare tubes

Apidura / Rapha Handlebar Bag to contain:

  • Castelli bib shorts & short sleeve jersey (spares)
  • Long sleeve wind jersey
  • 1 x base layer
  • 2 pairs of socks
  • 1 x t-shirt, to wear off bike
  • Defeet gloves & defeet oversocks, for those chilly nights.
  • Mini medical kit + minimal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste)

Apidura Top tube bag to contain:

  • Food / snacks

Restrap frame bag to contain:

  • Documents – Passport, insurance docs, tickets etc.
  • Titanium spork & Titanium mess mug
  • Carb powder for bottles.
  • Food
  • Cables for electronics

Electronics / Other

  • Garmin 705 edge + Garmin Etrex 30
  • Phone & Ipod
  • Lights – TBC
  • 2 x 750ml bottles
  • Tool bottle – To contain 1 x tube, tyre levers, multi tool, chain tool, spare links, chain lube.
  • Leyzene frame pump

At the moment, my investments include a wheel set + dynamo, dynamo front lights and the garmin Etrex 30. Seeing as I’ve just been made redundant from my job in Architecture, there’s no more spending sprees to be had until I have another job/income! I’m on the case.

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