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.