Roger Eaves

Age: 46  |  Occupation: Business Owner

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Roger Eaves

2017 What was your reason for wanting to ride the Trafalgar Way?

To be the first person to complete the ride twice!

2017 How would you sum up your ride of the Trafalgar Way to a friend?

The best route I’ve ever ridden and great test of mental and physical strength! Hills, scenery and Central London all in one go.

2017 What was your most memorable part of the ride?

Sitting down at Blandford for some pasta, wondering where I was going to get the energy to continue and then getting back on the bike to be stung by a bee caught in my helmet which gave me a 30 minute adrenaline rush - which was exactly what I needed!

2017 What are your top 3 tips for anyone thinking of riding the Trafalgar Way

Put a lot of base miles in before attempting the route, refuel even when you think you can’t eat any more and split the route into small achievable chunks.

2017 What are your top bits of equipment or kit you wouldn’t want to ride the Trafalgar Way without?

A dynamo hub in the front wheel powering the USB charger and lights, Garmin Edge 1000 and Castelli Gabba 2 jacket.

2017 What bike (make and model) and chainset / cassette set up did you ride the Trafalgar Way with (if available)?

Genesis Equilibrium Reynolds 853 frame and forks, Dura Ace 34/50 and 11/28 - like a heavy magic carpet with gearing for the hills!

What was your reason for wanting to ride the Trafalgar Way?

2017
To be the first person to complete the ride twice!

2016
To ride the furthest distance of my cycling career on a varied route, ending in an interesting place, after pushing both body and mind to a new level!

How would you sum up your ride of the Trafalgar Way to a friend?

2017
The best route I’ve ever ridden and great test of mental and physical strength! Hills, scenery and Central London all in one go.

2016
The biggest, best and most challenging ride to date. The most professional event I have ridden.

What was your most memorable part of the ride?

2017
Sitting down at Blandford for some pasta, wondering where I was going to get the energy to continue and then getting back on the bike to be stung by a bee caught in my helmet which gave me a 30 minute adrenaline rush - which was exactly what I needed!

2016
There are so many.. freezing on Dartmoor, navigating through the night on country lanes in freezing fog in a full moon, Richard (the photographer) making me a much appreciated coffee in Abbotsbury and the support, encouragement and many acts of kindness shown by the whole team at every stop, cycling through Admiralty Arch knowing the adventure was almost complete.. etc..etc..

What are your top 3 tips for anyone thinking of riding the Trafalgar Way

2017
1. Put a lot of base miles in before attempting the route
2. Refuel even when you think you can’t eat any more
3. Split the route into small achievable chunks.

2016
1. Ride with a friend who you trust and who has committed to the necessary training as much as yourself. I had total faith that if I committed to finish, then so would Tim.
2. Ride two thirds of the distance a week before the event.
3. There is no such thing as over-eating during the event!

What are your top bits of equipment or kit you wouldn’t want to ride the Trafalgar Way without?

2017
A dynamo hub in the front wheel powering the USB charger and lights, Garmin Edge 1000 and Castelli Gabba 2 jacket.

2016
A Castelli Gabba 2 jacket, Sealskin gloves, Gore Bike Wear jacket, Garmin Edge 1000 with turn by turn navigation switched on.

What bike (make and model) and chainset / cassette set up did you ride the Trafalgar Way with (if available)?

2017
Genesis Equilibrium Reynolds 853 frame and forks, Dura Ace 34/50 and 11/28 - like a heavy magic carpet with gearing for the hills!

2016
Planet X RT90, Ultegra 34/50, 11-28