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FEATURE ❘ STAR INTERVIEW


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Where are you planning on sleeping?


If not in my own bed, then the beds of people willing to put me up for the night, or hotels. If I end up doing it Audax style and am sleeping in a bus shelter, then something has gone wrong!


What bike are you using?


I’ll be running 3 Raleigh Sojourns. They will be modified a bit with tri bars and wheels that fit tubeless plus a few other upgrades. But other than that they are very close to the bike I tested, except that the frames are vastly better and made of the same stuff that the fixed wheel bike I used to break my own Audax points record in 2007. As well as the Raleigh bikes being perfect for the job, Raleigh also sponsored Tommy Godwin with bikes so it looks like there is no better option.


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Are you using any specialist equipment or clothing?


Depends what you mean by specialist? Good quality, most


certainly. I’m forced into using stuff that lasts and performs well. Along with the Raleigh bikes, which are steel, so not really specialist, there are tubeless tyres which for road bikes are relatively new. A lot of people don;t like the idea of them because of the limited choice of tyres, but having tested tubeless tyres in 2014 I can say that they work very well and will be using Schwalbe One tyres. The choice may be limited, but one good choice is all I need and I have that.


I’ll also be using a GPS and SPOT tracking device so that the UMCA can verify my riding. It will also mean that I can be located live via the internet and all of my rides can be scrutinised by all on Strava. Maybe not specialist but perhaps special equipment I’d say.


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