The French Divide – The official event website
Trackleaders – This is where you will be able to follow my progress throughout the Divide.
Canterbury Cycle Centre – Local bike shop and a place where I occasionally work. All my bikes and wheels have been built here
The Independant Pedaler – Quite simply the best cycling cafe in the area and possibly the UK and the place where a lot of the ride planning has taken place whilst drinking a lot of coffee!
Charlie the Bikemonger – A damned fine specialist bike shop in Swanage, Dorset, my closest Jones Bikes dealer and font of knowledge for all things relating to mountain bikes – especially steel framed ones and bikepacking.
Jones Bikes – Wonderful, quirky and unique steel framed mountain bikes from Jeff Jones in Oregon, USA. The Jones Spaceframe is my weapon of choice for the French Divide.
Happy Bottom Bum Butter – Cyclists don’t talk about this that much but it’s super important for keeping everything ‘down there’ moving comfortably! A large tub of it will be coming with me to France!
Rohloff -High quality, precision bicycle transmissions. Providing a proven, durable construction and outstanding performance.
Hope Tech – British designed and manufactured components and accessories that are just brilliant.
Thomson – High quality machined seatposts and stems that do what they are designed to do while looking awesome.
ESI – Super comfortable silicone handlebar grips – and they make some just for the extra long handle area of the Jones H-Bars.
Maxxis – The go-to mountain bike tyre manufacturer. There is a size, tread pattern and compound for everyone here.
Halo Wheels – British company making high quality rims and complete wheels as well as consumables such as tubeless valves and rim tape.
ISM Seat – The recognised leader in modern saddle design these saddles are amongst the most comfortable I have ever used.
Wahoo – Manufacturers of first class bike GPS and for when the weather is not so good Smart Turbo Trainers for your indoor suffering.
Zwift – Indoor training programmes for use with a smart trainer when it’s just too nasty to go outside!
Garmin – Excellent GPS devices including the GPS 64 handheld mapping device I will be using.
Son Schmidt – German engineered dynamo hubs that work and keep working.
Sinewave – USB charging device that takes the power generated by the dynamo and turns it into a safe even flow of current for charging your devices.
Exposure Lights – UK designed and manufactured high-power LED lighting for seeing and being seen. This kit is the business!
Revelate Designs – Creaters and builders of some of the best bikepacking bags you can get. Kit from Revelate does the job and lasts forever!
Salsa Cycles – This iconic bike brand is entrenched in the world of bikepacking. Whilst I don’t own one of their bikes (yet!) their handlebar mounted bags are the best out there right now.
Velopac – Waterproof pouches for keeping all your valuables such as phones safe and dry.
Voile Straps – Simple yet brilliant rubber straps for fixing just about anything in place!
Dynaplug – An innovative little tool for repairing holes in tubeless tyres that the sealant can’t cope with.
Orange Seal – Tubeless Tyre Sealant that works.
Lezyne – Excellent quality tools and pumps for use both at home and out on the trails.
Rapha – British designed high quality cycling clothing and accessories that last and also have a very good free crash repair service which I can confirm is brilliant!
Kask – High quality helmets with Italian styling that do what they are supposed to do. They also have great crash replacement scheme which I may have used!
Oakley – Excellent quality, bombproof eye-wear that is essential when out on the bike.
MSR – High-end, super light weight camping and outdoor equipment.
Alpkit – British designed, high quality and sensibly priced camping and outdoor kit
Sea to Summit – Excellent kit for camping and the great outdoors.
Dakine – High quality outdoor equipment and clothing.