Friday, 13 July 2012

England-Wales-England (EWE) is GO!

As I type this, final preparations are underway for the 1300miles of the England-Wales-England, or EWE, a self supported, bikepacking race through a selection of the best singletrack of all the national parks in England and Wales (and England again), starting at 8am on Sunday 15th July. As you read this I am, hopefully, pedalling my way through the race.

You can follow the progress of all the riders in the race live, through a dedicated trackleaders webpage, linked through the image and text on the right. We all have Spot satellite trackers and every 10minutes a shiny new dot will appear, along with a whole bunch of possible analysis, should you so wish. A big thanks to trackleaders for offering their support for this race.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Alpkit - Welcome Aboard

I'm delighted to add Alpkit to the list of friends who have offered me support in my endeavours on a bike, they'll be supplying me with a custom framebag, the Alpkit Stingray, for the EWE race next week (and some of the week after!)

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Racing on a Dynamo - Charging My GPS, A Bright Light and Some Very Special Hub Dynamo Wheels

In just under two weeks I'll be taking on the 1300miles of racing that is the EWE (England-Wales-England). This means I'll have to last a long time without being able to plug my phone, my GPS and my lights into a mains recharging socket. Suddenly my winter riding dynamo lights (nicknamed "the deanamo" by my friends) have taken on a whole new level of importance.

For the race I'll be free not only from mains charging, but I'll also be able to avoid faffing trying to find alkaline batteries (nasty things I try and avoid) from petrol stations and corner shops to keep my lights and navigation going. I'll be powering and charging everything from my Shutter Precision PD-8 hub dynamo :-)

Battery (and mains charging) free: Bar light and GPS charging all powered by a dynamo hub
Should I want to be connected to the real world, it will charge my phone too

The North Face Journal - Story Of The Month!

A while ago, I headed down with my bike to Auronzo di Cadore on the banks of Lake Misurina, the Tre Cime and the Lavaredo Ultra Trail with Dan Milner and Josh Ibbett to take on the trail by bike. Dan took some amazing shots of our adventure and the tale of our 2-day ride is now July's story of the month on The North Face Journal!

Follow THIS LINK to the story, some amazing pictures from Dan and a little video of the trip