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….
Bikepacking tends to happen at slower speeds where watt saving and aerodynamics are often seen as less important. Francis Cade heads the Boardman Performance Centre wind tunnel to make some interesting discoveries about different bikepacking setups….