In this episode of the Bike Tour Adventures Podcast, I speak with Theo Kelsey-Verdecchia. Coming from Toronto, Canada, Theo has been crushing gravel routes these past couple years, setting an Fastest Known Time record on the BTXL in 2020. The BTXL, located in Southern Ontario, is a combination of the BT700 (768km) and the Grand Nith Ramble (350km) coming in at just over 1100km of riding, with 10400 metres of elevation. In 2021, Theo did it again and beat his own time, setting a new FKT of 84h 17m and also finished 1st on the Alberta Rockies 700, a gruelling race in the west of Canada.
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~ 00m 45s Words for a fallen comrade
~ 04m 15s Intro to Theo Kelsey-Verdecchia
~ 06m 15s Previous bikepacking/touring experience
~ 08m 30s Theo’s bike(s), setup and bags
~ 20m 00s Adapting gear and packing spare parts
~ 23m 00s BTXL and sleep management
~ 32m 45s Favourite parts of the BTXL
~ 37m 20s Alberta Rockies 700 and winning tactics
~ 48m 45s What’s next for Theo?
~ 55m 30s Sponsors, Patreon and upcoming contest