After some debate and experimentation with different bikes I’ve landed on riding my trusty Mosaic for my time on the Trans South Dakota route. After a good wash, some minimal maintenance, and some small changes, it’s ready for more action after serving brilliantly during Tour Divide.
Kristen and I are racing (riding may be more accurate) the 350-mile Sprint version of Trans SD. After speaking with the race’s co-organizer Joe Stiller, we decided to approach our ride as a fast and light mission. Instead of carrying a lot of gear, we split the race into three days of riding and will spend two nights in motels. Lightening the load also allowed us to ride lighter bikes with narrower tires. It sounds like the first 60 miles will test our handling skills on 40mm tires, we'll roll quite a bit quicker on the remaining 300 miles of dirt, tarmac, and gravel. It's a bit of a gamble, but we're confident in our abilities and carrying enough clothing to stay safe.
While we have lost the weight of camping gear, there's no getting around the expected heat and long, dry stretches. I have five bottle cages mounted up and can carry extra fluids in my jersey pockets and strapped to my Revelate Terrapin 8L seatpack. Kristen is running three cages and a hydration pack.
Otherwise, I made a few changes to the Mosaic for the shorter distance of Trans South Dakota. Check out the photos below for more details. For more on the race head here. If you'd like to see more from the trail, follow me on Instagram (@nlegan) and here is the Trackleaders page. To learn how the trip went, you'll need to keep your eyes peeled on the Adventure Cyclist website.