Italy Divide 2021

A 1300 km bike packing adventure through Italy, taking in Tuscan gravel roads and historic mountain villages.

Luke Humphreys - July 3rd 2021

Forget the multiple cancels flights last minute COVID testing stress and extra journey time as airports changed.

I arrived in Pompei ready to begin the longest toughest race I have ever attempted. At 808miles with 22,000 meters elevation gain with as much off-road riding the organisers can offer this will be hard. More than double my previous events.

My impression of Pompei is on of contrast between the modern and the history the rich and the poor. The city has grandeur in abundance, on the flip side abandoned warehouses and piles of rubbish are just around the next turn. 

I took a 10mile ride to check the bike has set up ok after the flight and stretch my legs. I don’t like the feeling you get before under taking such a big ride I have had a few quiet weeks since my last big training effort and I feel stale. 

This time I will have my very own dot to watch on the famous track leaders website, whether anyone is watching outside my loved ones I don’t know. Having been an avid dot watcher myself I have finally taken the plunge into the world of ultra racing.

More to come as the ride develops. In the meantime the dot to watch is available here: http://trackleaders.com/italydivide21i.php?name=Luke_Humphreys 

What was the wheelset of choice for the Italy Divide?

Forza Wide - Carbon Gravel Wheels
Forza Wide - Carbon Gravel Wheels
Forza Wide - Carbon Gravel Wheels
Forza Wide - Carbon Gravel Wheels
Forza Wide - Carbon Gravel Wheels
Forza Wide - Carbon Gravel Wheels
Forza Wide - Carbon Gravel Wheels
FORZA-C Wide 30mm Carbon Disc Wheelset 700c
FORZA-C Wide 30mm Carbon Disc Wheelset 700c

FORZA-C Wide 30mm Carbon Disc Wheelset 700c

£999.99

Hand-built in the UK are our brand new Forza Carbon Wide.  

We've increased the width to 24mm internal width meaning they are optimised for tyres from 28mm up to 2.2" MTB tyre.

We’ll build you a Forza-C wide wheelset complete and ready to ride.

Enjoy a ≈1400 gram wheelset built with 28h drilling front and rear, Pacenti hubs front and rear, Sapim D-Light spokes and laced two-cross to optimize strength and low weight.

Lifetime rim warranty against manufacturing issues.

Hubs are configured as 12mm front and 12mm x 142 rear. QR and 135 x 10mm rear are available through end caps purchased separately.

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