WHILE WE ARE DESIGNING, MAKING AND RIDING THE BEST PRODUCTS WE CAN - THERE ARE PEOPLE ALL AROUND THE WORLD DOING INCREDIBLE THINGS WITH THE TECHNICAL BIKEPACKING GEAR THAT WE CREATE. BELOW ARE A FEW HIGHLIGHTS THAT WE WANTED TO SHARE.
The Restrap Sample Sale
On March 11th, we're opening the doors of Restrap HQ to sell sample products and stock seconds. All for sale at discounted prices!
If you're in the area, feel free to drop in!
Food & drinks available from Kirkstall Brewery next door.
Be sure to arrive early to avoid missing out!
Restrap, Unit G1, 102 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, LS3 1JA
The Restrap Solstice Century
December saw our 5th Solstice Century event, where we challenge riders to ride over 100 miles over the Solstice weekend.
We loved seeing what you guys got up to, making the most of the daylight hours and ticking off those miles despite a particularly cold winter this year.
Steven LeHyaric Crosses The Gobi Desert By Bike
Fresh off 5th place at Atlas Mountain Race, Steven crosses The Gobi desert in aid of raising awareness for climate change as part of his 666 Project. 3000km+ and temperatures of -20C, The Mongolian wilderness is a tough landscape to ride through, but Steven completed the trip in 15 days.
Atlas Mountain Race 2022
The Atlas Mountain Race is a 720 mile, self sufficient endurance race through the the dry arid landscapes of the Atlas mountain range in Morocco. The race is primarily offroad, taking in amazing gravel roads, single track and forgotten trails with 54,275ft of climbing.
Steven Le Hyaric placed 5th at the pointy end of the race, after spending the latter half picking off riders.Jade Field and Carl Hopps rolled into the finish at the same time, after 6 days of riding, and a final push through the night.
'Hvala Croatia' - A Cycling Film by Restrap
In September, we released 'Hvala Croatia', our latest bikepacking film.
The film is the latest in a series documenting Restrap's tours around the world where we put ourselves and our kit to the test, experiencing the joys of bikepacking and cycle touring while hunting for the best cycling roads across the world.
You can view the film here
August 26th saw the start of this year’s Further Pyrenees, named ‘Perseverance’. This name would hold true, as riders took on the brutal mountain parcours. Neil Phillips and India Landy took on the race, which involves lots of tough hike-a-bike and rough hiking trails. Race organiser Camille McMillan is known for creating tough races that are thrilling to follow, and we’re proud to support this year’s races.
JAMES STANNARD BROMPTON RECORD
ON JULY 20TH, JAMES STANNARD SET A FASTEST KNOWN TIME FOR THE ICONIC LAND’S END TO JOHN O GROATS ROUTE ON A BROMPTON BIKE : 83 HOURS.
JAMES WAS USING BAGS FROM THE ADVENTURE RACE RANGE TO HELP SUPPORT HIS EFFORTS, AND TOOK OVER TWO DAYS OFF THE PREVIOUS RECORD.
PAN CELTIC RACE
THIS YEAR’S PAN CELTIC RACE TOOK RIDERS OUT ON THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY, FOLLOWING IRELAND’S STUNNING WEST COAST FOR OVER 1,600 MILES THROUGH REMOTE AND HILLY TERRAIN, PUSHING RIDERS TO THE ABSOLUTE LIMIT. OUR ONGOING PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PAN CELTIC RACE SAW MOST OF THE RIDERS IN THE FIELD RIDING RESTRAP KIT, INCLUDING THIS YEAR’S WINNER, PAUL WAINWRIGHT.
IN EARLY JULY, WE ATTENDED THIS YEAR’S EUROBIKE IN FRANKFURT. THIS YEAR WE ANNOUNCED OUR SUPPORT SCHEME FOR RETAILERS AND RESELLERS, RELEASING OUR BUNDLES PACKAGE, WHICH INCLUDES MERCHANDISING AND POINT-OF-SALE DISPLAYS.
JULY SAW OUR COLLAB WITH KIRKSTALL BREWERY, WHERE WE BREWED A CO-BRANDED BEER, ‘THE RANDO’. THE RANDO BEER IS A 4% BELGIAN BLONDE WHICH IS EVENLY BALANCED WITH CARAMEL AND BISCUIT MALT CHARACTER, LIGHTLY HOPPY WITH SPICY, EARTHY YEAST AROMAS. WE LAUNCHED THIS BEER WITH A LOCAL RIDE, WHICH WAS MET WITH GREAT SUCCESS.
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PRODUCT RELEASE - BUMPER BARS
RELEASED IN JUNE, OUR BUMPER BAR IS A SMASH HIT IN THE BIKEPACKING WORLD ALREADY. ONLY OUR SECOND FORAY INTO MOUNTING HARDWARE (THE FIRST BEING OUR CARRY CAGES), THE BUMPER BAR SOLD OUT WITHIN A COUPLE OF DAYS AND HAS ONLY RECEIVED AMAZING FEEDBACK SINCE.
IN JUNE, WE ATTENDED AND TOOK PART IN THIS YEAR’S GRITFEST EVENT, IN SOUTH WALES. GRITFEST IS A HUGE EVENT IN THE GRAVEL RACING CALENDAR IN THE UK, AND IT WAS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO MEET FELLOW RIDERS, AND TALK ABOUT OUR KIT.
JAMIE RAMSAY - CROSS AMERICA TOUR
BETWEEN APRIL AND JUNE, JAMIE RAMSAY CYCLED OVER 7,000KM ACROSS THE USA. RIDING 42 DAYS STRAIGHT AND WITH OVER 65,000M OF CLIMBING, JAMIE TOOK IN A MASSIVE VARIETY IN LANDSCAPES, INCLUDING THE SOARING HEAT OF DEATH VALLEY AND RELENTLESS CLIMBING ACROSS THE TRIP.
STEVEN LEHYARIC - WON RACE ACROSS BELGIUM, RACE ACROSS FRANCE AND 2ND IN ITALY DIVIDE
LONG-TERM AMBASSADOR STEVEN LE HYARIC HAS BEEN ON FIRE THIS YEAR. HE HAS WON RACE ACROSS FRANCE AND RACE ACROSS BELGIUM, AND ALSO PLACED 2ND IN ITALY DIVIDE, ALL IN QUICK SUCCESSION. STEVEN HAS BEEN USING OUR ADVENTURE RACE RANGE AND ALSO HAS HIS SIGHTS SET ON THE ATLAS MOUNTAIN RACE IN OCTOBER, ALONG WITH MORE HUGE EXPEDITIONS AS PART OF HIS 666 PROJECT.
TILL SCHENK - 5TH ON SEVEN SERPENTS
RESTRAP AMBASSADOR TILL SCHENK PLACED 5TH ON THE INAUGURAL SEVEN SERPENTS RACE IN MAY - AN AMAZING NEW RACE THAT TAKES IN FANTASTIC GRAVEL ROADS FROM LJUBLJANA IN SLOVENIA TO THE CROATIAN ISLANDS OF KRK, CRES AND BACK OVER TO TRIESTE, WITH 816KM AND 15,800M OF ASCENT.
TILL COVERED THE FULL ROUTE WITH ONLY 4 HOURS AND 10 MIN SLEEP IN 3 NIGHTS, WITH STOMACH ISSUES AFTER 600KM AND PROBLEMS WITH HIS ACHILLES FROM THE HALF WAY POINT, MEANING HE WAS FORCED TO COVER THE SECOND HALF OF THE RACE WITHOUT A SHOE ON HIS RIGHT FOOT. AN INCREDIBLE EFFORT.
THIS YEAR’S DALES DIVIDE IN APRIL WAS PACKED WITH AMAZING WEATHER, INCREDIBLE RIDING AND GREAT STORIES. THE EVENT SERVED AS A GREAT PREMIERE FOR OUR BRAND NEW ADVENTURE RACE RANGE, WHERE CARL HOPPS, DANNY LANE AND CLAIRE FRECKNALL USED THE FULL KIT ON IT’S FIRST BIG OUTING.
PRODUCT RELEASE - ADVENTURE RACE RANGE
IN APRIL WE LAUNCHED OUR BRAND NEW ADVENTURE RACE RANGE. EXISTING PRODUCTS IN THE RANGE GOT A COMPLETE OVERHAUL AND WE ADDED BRAND NEW PRODUCTS SUCH AS THE RACE BAR BAG, RACE STEM BAG, AND NEW SIZING OPTIONS FOR THE FRAME BAG AND TOP TUBE BAG.
ALICE LEMKES - ‘WHAT WOULD MARY DO’ FILM
RELEASED IN FEBRUARY, ‘WHAT WOULD MARY DO?’ IS A BIKEPACKING FILM FROM THE ADVENTURE SYNDICATE, WHICH RETRACES THE STEPS OF MARY HARVIE, ON A 300 MILE CROSS COUNTRY JOURNEY THROUGH THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS, TO THE ISLE OF SKYE.
RESTRAP AMBASSADOR ALICE LEMKES AND THE REST OF THE ADVENTURE SYNDICATE TELL THE STORY OF 17 YEAR OLD MARY HARVIE, WHO IN 1936, CYCLED 500 MILES BETWEEN VARIOUS HOSTELS AROUND SCOTLAND. THEY FOLLOW A ROUGH APPROXIMATION OF MARY’S ROUTE, EXPLORING SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PARTS OF SCOTLAND, BRINGING TOGETHER THE SPIRIT OF BIKEPACKING AND HOSTELLING, AND RECEIVED EXTENSIVE COVERAGE THROUGH PRESS.
PRODUCT UPDATES - CARRY EVERYTHING RANGE
OUR LEGENDARY CARRYEVERYTHING RANGE HAS HAD A FLURRY OF NEW PRODUCTS THIS YEAR. WE’VE ADDED NEW COLOURS OF CANISTER BAGS, A NEW SMALL BAR BAG, REAR TOP TUBE BAG AND FULL FRAME BAGS, GIVING OUR CUSTOMERS MORE OPTIONS TO LOAD OUT THEIR BIKES THAN EVER BEFORE.