Preparing for a 600km ride

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The 600km ride we are preparing goes from Helsinki to Yyteri and back. It’s called Helsinki-Satakunta-Helsinki. Or #HSH600 on Twitter. The elevation is not bad, actually it’s fairly flat over 60% of the ride. Just really hoping for good weather and not too much wind.

The bicycle

I am definitely going to ride with my Cervélo C3.

What else should I fix on the bike? Obviously putting the pedals…

The Hunt wheels are great. The dynamo hub works great. I’ve had no problem with the tubeless tyres. The chain is brand new. The cassette is a new 105 11-28. Probably alright for the elevation ahead of us.

The Apidura racing frame bag is great. The water bottles are fine. Although my dog ate one of them… they’re probably tasty…

The Brooks Cambium C19 saddle is perfect. So perfect that I ordered a second one for my Bianchi Rynkeby bike. The Carradice is nice. A bit too much sway for my own taste but I will fix that somehow. #zipties

The light system is alright. I needed to find a solution for the rear light. I just had a simple battery operated rear light. I needed to plug the dynamo one. But I will stick to battery lights for now.

The cockpit

That’s a difficult one. The aerobars Profile Design Airstryke II are great, but they make it really difficult to attach anything to the stem or to the handlebars. I got myself a UCM aerobridge to be able to attach the light and the GPS, but it didn’t fit properly. So I ordered that stuff from Amazon and it worked pretty well.

This should let me install the Wahoo on top and my K-Lite under it with a Gopro extension.

The food

  • 8 Clif bars
  • 8 gels
  • Sweeties and nuts
  • 2 tubes of Isotonic effervescent tablets
  • 2x60cl bottles + 1x90cl bottle

The clothes

  • Bibs and jersey
  • Leg warmers
  • Arm warmer
  • Mittens
  • Helmet
  • Sunglasses

The tools and accessories

  • Lock
  • Multitool
  • Tubeless fixing thing I still don’t know how to use
  • 2 x inner tubes
  • Small hand pump
  • Tyre levers
  • 2 x CO2 cartridges
  • A few zip ties of all sorts
  • First aid kit

The body

  • Sunblock
  • Chamois creme

The drop bag

  • Additional clothes
  • More food
  • More isotonic tablets

By Marc Olivier Meunier

Marc has spent the past few years putting oil on the fire of a hyper growth ad tech company. At he was in charge of scaling the support and its culture. At Eficode he is now leading an engineering team and running operations. He leads by example and puts a lot of emphasis on diversity and inclusion, constantly working to create a safe environment. A warm leader with a passion for memorable experiences and innovation.
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