Pics from the 3rdTNR this September
TINAT, oversimplified: Crankers enter a new Audax inspired by the late Mike Hall and attempt to ride up its stupidly steep Welsh hills with varying degrees of failure. Some complete their full ride distances, some cut theirs short. All want to go back next year.
(With apologies to Chad Haga).
In many ways it’s the remoteness that makes bikepacking so great. Riding rough tracks, alone with nature, a hundred miles from anywhere. That same remoteness makes it altogether less great if you have a mechanical. No public transport, no mobile phone signal, not even a farmer’s door to knock on. If you can’t fix it with what you’re carrying, that 100 miles from anywhere just turned into a very long walk. So you’ll want to have a few more tools and spares with you than on your Sunday morning road ride, yet you don’t want to add too much weight and bag space is always at a premium. This is what my trips so far have taught me to take. Continue reading “My Bikepacking Toolkit”
If you look at the back of our kit you’ll see four large asterisks. What do they mean? And, whilst we’re on it, why does our kit look like it was designed by a child? Continue reading “How the Cranks Got Their Stars”
My little sister and I had a game when we were kids. Our house had more furniture than space. The lounge had bookcases, occasional tables, a sideboard, sofas, chairs. The game was to get around the room without touching the floor. For the floor was lava. We’d climb from table to bookcase, jump on to the sofa, leap from there to a chair. The general aim was to follow the room perimeter but diversions into it were encouraged to climb over something more interesting. Continue reading “What is Gnarbital?”
When you look at people’s bikepacking kit lists they seem to have some expensive stuff. Most of it very small and light. But what do you actually need for one night sleeping rough? Continue reading “Bikepacking Overnighter Kit List”
Tour Aotearoa, named after the Maori word for New Zealand, is an MTB brevet running 3,000km the length of the country, from Cape Reinga at the top of the North Island to Bluff at the bottom of the South Island. I took part in the 2018 edition. On a gravel bike.
A gallery of images from my 2ndTNR ride. Continue reading “2nd Torino-Nice Rally Images”
A gallery of images from my 1stTNR ride Continue reading “1st Torino-Nice Rally Images”