Martijn van Strien
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
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.
2nd in the pairs category at Transiberica Badlands 2021
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.