Andrew Dumbill

Audax ‘21
Andrew Dumbill

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

A good route, with a great historical story.

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

A good route through some ofthe most picturesque parts of southern England. The historical story behind the route was ever-present, and a uniquely enjoyable aspect of the ride. Well organised, and good value event with food provided at the right time.

What was your most memorable part of the ride?

It must be the final Km, down the Mall, Admiralty arch, and then into the Admiralty itself. I had the feeling of hundreds of years of naval history surrounding me (NB: I am a fan of military history novels, so I was also mentally writing my own narrative smile

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

Do it, Do it and Do it!

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

1. Good lights,

2. Waterproof jacket and

3. LIM Essens down jacket (this applies to any ride over 300km, where both these items have made a miserable situation acceptable!)

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

Giant Defy Advanced 2 (2020), with Ultegra 52/34 chainset and 11-42 rear cassette (using 105 R7000 rear mech- yes, it shouldn’t work but it does!) No one ever complains that their gearing was too low!

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