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Rovaniemi 300

Rovaniemi 300

My first foray into racing fat bikes in cold climates was in Finland in 2015, where I completed the Rovaniemi 150. Despite being on the Arctic circle of northern Finland in February, I remember the weather was comparatively mild, ranging between -8 to +2 degrees. Not quite the exposure to the arctic environment I was quietly hoping for, but the challenge of racing nearly 100 miles on snow-packed trails was a good one, and I vowed to return some day to race next rung up on the ladder; the Rovaniemi 300. Despite being twice the distance, the 300 route is...

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Relaunch update

Relaunch update

Back in September 2019 I wrote about the upcoming relaunch of Wildcat and I said we'd have new product ready to go by the end of the year.

Then it all got quiet, the end of the year came and went and there's no new product yet. 

I figured an update is overdue.

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Wildcat Relaunch

Wildcat Relaunch

The observant among you may have noticed that Wildcat Gear actually shut up shop in February of this year (2019).  Beth and Ian who had started Wildcat a decade ago made the tough decision to close the doors after realising they just couldn't commit the time required to make the business work. Wildcat had taken a backseat to their young family and a house move from Wales to Scotland signalled what felt like the right time to wind the business down.   Around the same time Steven Shand was taking a step back from his day to day role at the bicycle...

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Project Cuben

Project Cuben

What is Cuben Fibre? It is a non-woven laminate of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene fibre monofilaments and polyester films. Cuben for short. Developed as a sail cloth, it is a very light weight and supple fabric, and has extremely strong rip resistance. Why use it for bikepacking luggage? Making gear as light as possible is what we do. Cuben was a way in which we could push the boundaries even further, reducing our luggage weight by more than half. The set up you see here shows a comprehensive yet ultra-minimal bikepacking setup suited to multi-day self-supported racing:   Total dry...

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Review: Aidan Harding tests Wildcat Gear at Iditabike

Review: Aidan Harding tests Wildcat Gear at Iditabike

Last year, Aidan Harding asked us to provide bikepacking gear for his upcoming Iditarod race.Here, he has written down his experiences of the kit (including our bags) during the 1000 mile extreme-condition race. In February 2014, I set off on the Iditarod Trail Invitational. 1000 miles of racing across Alaska with unknowns in every mile. There was bound to be cold, snow, ice, and emptiness. As for anything else the trail might throw up, I'd just have to figure that out when I got there.It was my second time in the 1000 mile race and third time racing in Alaska...

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