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).
Continue reading “This Is Not A Tour”
In many ways it’s the remoteness that makes bikepacking great. Riding rough tracks, alone with nature, miles from anywhere. That same remoteness makes it altogether less great if you have a mechanical that you can’t fix. No mobile coverage to phone for a spousal taxi, no public transport options, no bike shop just down the road that doesn’t exist. So you’ll want to carry a few more tools and spares than on a road ride, but you don’t want to add too much weight or bulk. This is what my experience so far has taught me to take (and why). 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. Continue reading “What is an 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”
When I plotted the route for my original solo Gnarbital, I used a long stretch of canal tow path and rail trail to get from Uxbridge all the way to past Watford. An easy option that made sense for that ride, but maybe not so much for the upcoming Cranks Gnarbital… Continue reading “Ricky Recon”
If the Torino-Nice Rally was a bikepacking holiday, and Tour Aotearoa a bikepacking adventure, then Candy B Graveller was a bikepacking race.
Continue reading “Candy B Graveller 2018 – Introduction”
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.
Continue reading “Tour Aotearoa 2018”