2016 kit list

So here is my first 2016 kit list compared to my 2015 kit list.  It's fairly provisional but this year I want to sort the kit out very early in order to really test it out.  First step is to get the wheels and dynamo system set-up.

Bike:
Frame and Forks: Cannondale Synapse

Wheels
Rims: H+Plus Son Archetype 32H
Front hub: SP-9 Series 32H
Rear hub: Via
Spokes: Sapim
Rim tape: Velox
Tubes: Continental
Tyres: Continental 4 Seasons 25C

Cockpit
Stem: Ritchie
Handlebars: Carbon Ritchie
Tribars: Pro-design
Bar tape: Fizik

Seat area:
Seatpost: Cannondale synapse
Saddle: Selle SMP Composit

Groupset:
Shifters: Dura Ace
Cables: Jaguar
Crankset: Hollogram
Cassette: Ultegra
Front mech: Dura Ace
Rear mech: Dura Ace
Chain: KMC
Pedals: Shimano SPD-SL

 Bike as of January 2016

Bike as of January 2016

 Andy Kelly building me my fantastic wheels, January 2016

Andy Kelly building me my fantastic wheels, January 2016

 My bike in March 2015

My bike in March 2015

 The night before the Transcontinental Race 2015

The night before the Transcontinental Race 2015

 Bike just prior to the TCR 2015

Bike just prior to the TCR 2015

Training

Transcontinental Race 2016 Training

Planned training Events for 2016

January
13th - Cycle back to uni 240km
31st - Windrush Winter Warm-up 100km

February
6th - Sam Weller's day trip to Wochma 200km
14th - Flapjack 100km
20th - Malmesbury Mash 200km
28th - The Primrose Path

March
12th - Gospel Pass 150km
19th - The Dean 300km

April
10th - The JB Run 110km
16th - Steam Ride: University Challenge 300km
23rd - Buckingham Blinder 400km
30th - Brevet Cymru 400km

May
7th - Old Roads 300km
15th The Great Escape 200km

June
4th - Asparagus & Strawberries 400km | 9 Countries 600km
5th - The London Ditchling Devil 200km
11th - Tan Hill 600km
25th - Offa's Dyke 600km

July
2nd - Kingdom of the East Saxons 400km
9th - The Buzzard 600km
16th - Dunwich Dynamo 400km

Transcontinental Race Training 2015

So the training for 2015 was:

During the winter, since the road conditions haven’t been great for cycling, I’ve worked lots of overtime in order to save some money for my trip.  However, as the weather improved, I planned on reducing my work hours to make time for training - in reality this didn't happen. Specifically, I planned on gaining miles along side the normal time trials, chain gangs and club runs. I added to this with a couple training trips, one to Japan in March and the other to France in July.  Both of these trips turned into drinking holidays.  Before arriving in Brussels I had unfortunately only ride approximately 1000 miles in the year.

Feel free to follow my training on Strava

Route planning

2016 route planning

 Awesome drawing of the 2016 route courtesy of Darren Franks

Awesome drawing of the 2016 route courtesy of Darren Franks

2015 route planning

My route - in reality I didn't particularly use it.  I use solely Strava

 Almost my final route

Almost my final route