Martijn van Strien

Martijn has been carefully documenting his cycling adventures through his media channels for the last few years and inspiring people along the way. Often to be found taking on new challenges on everything from road to mountain bike, he’s recently been pushing his riding into longer unsupported races such as the Transiberica Badlands and loving it.

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Martijn van Strien

Age: 33
Location: Tilburg, The Netherlands
Bike: Focus Izalco Max roadbike, Focus Atlas gravelbike, Focus Raven mountainbike, Bullitt cargo bike & sometimes a motorbike 😉
Preferred Adventures on any type of bike!
Sponsors: Focus bikes, Maap, Komoot, Hammerhead, Styrkr

Martijn van Strien
Martijn van Strien at Badlands

Why ride with Tailfin

It’s by far the steadiest & most versatile way to carry a serious amount of luggage on my bike. If I can get away with just a frame or handlebar bag I would but for anything more this is the solution that you’ll notice the least while riding in & out of the saddle.

Noteable Achievements

2nd in the pairs category at Transiberica Badlands 2021

Additional Information

Events/rides/challenges planned for 2022
Gravel Locos, Unbound, The Rift, Badlands
Music playlist of choice
Cycling podcasts mainly
What do you carry with you on every trip?
My camera + my hipflask
One luxury item you take on a trip
Does a hipflask count as an essential item? In that case I’ll go for my SIG thermos filled with home-brewed coffee
Favourite country to ride in?
If you could only ride one route, what would it be?
Martijn Doolaard’s ‘Two Years on a bike’ route from Vancouver to Ushuaia

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Breaking Badlands

Martijn van Strien 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 out what equipment would be best suited to the demands that potentially pedalling for days on end can put on it.

Tailfin caught up with Martijn to learn a little more about his experiences, what he learnt at his first event and what tips he has for anyone wanting to take on such a challenge.