• Dorset Gravel Dash, a week off & more…

    Dorset Gravel Dash, a week off & more…

    Well the Dorset Gravel Dash was a fantastic event and turned out to be a great way to test the bike, bags and camping kit.  After 100 miles of carrying a tent I am sure I will not be taking one of those (I wasn’t anyway) if I want to finish the Trans Am Bike Race 2018 in sub 30 days…  As for the bike, it’s the right geometry but I’m think that could loose a few pounds (like the owner) and do with more gears rather than just a 1x 11 setup.  Also, after looking what other competitors have been using on the web for the Trans Am, I think electronic is the only way to go…  It’s going to get expensive I think.  As for the Gravel Dash, I will be doing that again.  Charlie The Bike Monger know how to run a great event! 🙂

    As for the kit I was really testing, unfortunately the Alpkit Koala saddle bags didn’t hold up very well, partly as it was a rough course in sections.  I secured the bag well, but both myself and one of my friends had issues with it staying still.  With some movement over the 100 miles I managed to wear holes through the bag, so I will not be using that saddle bag for the Trans Am Bike Race next year…  Subsequently, I have been looking at other kit and it looks like some of the more expensive bags have more protection at the contact points, so I will now be trying one of the Apidura 14L saddle bag instead.  I’m also reducing the overall amount of bags and kit I had planned, less is more.  If anything Dorset hills off road teach you that!

    Biohazard warning… so after the Gravel Dash and only 3 weeks of more serious training the kids colds etc…  finally go me so after starting to do 175 miles+ per week, it went down to 15…  Gutted.  However, back of form this week and so far I have already managed to get in 4 session and 100+ miles before the weekend.  That’s more like it! 🙂  I was tempted to push on with my training, but after getting advice and reading a few things on the web, it was better to rest and let the cold take it’s course.

    So, onto the next test…  I’m possibly thinking SRAM etap and Quarq Power Meter cranks… 😉