Category: Race/Ultra-endurance

Bringing the heat to Rwanda. A tale of two races

Tailfin equipment tested: Prototype top tube pack | Prototype frame pack Rwanda, the small country located in the heart of the African continent, is fast becoming one of the must-visit cycling destinations for endurance gravel racers, mountain bikers and bikepackers. 2022 has seen three events take place so far including the ever popular Race around Rwanda. R&D Division rider Josh Ibbett was our man on the ground for the latest two, The Rwanda Epic and RaR. Tailfin sat down with…

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How aerodynamic is your Bikepacking setup?

Wherever you look in the bike industry (especially the sections related to drop bars), one of the most commonly used buzz words is ‘aero’. The aerodynamic (or lack of) properties of a bike, component, accessory, or rider can have drastic effects on the experiences of riding a bike over any distance. The benefits of an aerodynamically optimised setup make sense for road racing or time trials but for bikepacking? Many of us are beginning to become aware that anything that…

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Fernwee Badlands

Breaking Badlands: an introduction to ultra-endurance racing

But Martijn had an itch to scratch; he had never participated in a ‘proper’ unsupported ultra-endurance race. One where the start and finish are dictated, along with the route and where the onus is on getting to the finish as fast as possible. Gaining entry into the 2021 edition of Transiberica’s Badlands race was just the start, though. It would be a journey into the unknown from a mental and physical point of view but also with regards to working…

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baroudeuse mountain race

August 2020: Europe’s toughest mountain race?

Relatively new to the self-supported, ultra-distance bike race scene are the La Baroudeuse races. With unpaved and paved options over distances ranging from 317km through to 2,850km, there’s something for every bike racer from the aspiring to the experienced. Meaning ‘adventurer’ or ‘fighter’ in English, La Baroudeuse is not for the faint-hearted. The rankings will be established at the end of the event and each finisher will be rewarded with a wooden sword, a symbol of freedom of the most mighty of Gladiators: the Rudius….

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A Day in the Peak District

A change of scenery is needed every now and again, and having somewhat exhausted photo opportunities in our local area we decided to head up north for a day out in the breath taking Peak district National Park….

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TCRNo6: Ben takes the AeroPack to a top 10 finish

This year, our ambassador Ben Davies, finished the Transcontinental Race (TCRNo6) in an incredible 10th place, out of a starting field of 254. We asked him about his experience and how he got on with a pre-production prototype of the AeroPack, our new seatpack killer. The most important question. Did you enjoy it? I loved it! Any opportunity to be on my bike for a sustained period, ride some incredible roads and cross a number of countries is a good…

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Testing the AeroPack on the West Coast of Ireland

Summer is the season for long-distance cycling: the days stretch out and miles ridden claim their hours. Ultra-endurance races are taking place around the globe. I’ve escaped the concrete of my city home with my partner – Joe, and my road bike Genny. We’re heading for a mini-adventure in the lush green expanses of southwest Ireland – home to the TransAtlantic Way race. Tailfin has joined the many brands trying to answer the question of how to make bikepacking a…

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