Dan Pullen

Age: 40  |  Occupation: I own and run a little cycle cafe / workshop in brighton - www.nplusone.bike

Defiance '16 Colossus '15
Dan Pullen

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

Having only been road riding for the last 4 years and steadily building up my endurance, I really wanted to mark my 40th year with something huge, and Colossus was just the challenge I was looking for!

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

A frighteningly beautiful and challenging route of immense distance and elevation. The hardest thing I’ve ever done!

What was your most memorable part of the ride?

There were a great many, but perhaps the feed station in Bridport. We had been cycling all day. It was almost dark, and we had ‘only’ covered 150 miles! The thought of doing it all again was very demoralising and it took every ounce of willpower to continue on.

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

1) Increase volume slowly and focus on long steady rides. 2) Don’t avoid hills as there are a lot of them! 3) Get confident riding at night as a lot of time can be made or lost during the night stage.

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

My Garmin cycle computer. Having loads of stats to focus on helps to motivate and pass the time.

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

Storck Aernario Platinum stupidly fitted with a standard up front and an 11-25 at the back! A bigger range is highly recommended!

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