Mike Hall and Ed Pickup are no ordinary riders, and their bikes are far from ordinary machines.
Hall, need we remind you, won the World Cycle Race in 2012, was winner last year of the 2745-mile Tour Divide mountain bike race, and last month won the Trans Am bike race: 4233 unsupported miles across America, from Astoria, Oregon to Yorktown, Virginia.
Pickup finished third in the Trans Am race: an astonishing achievement for a 23-year-old. The pair are competitors, but the mutual respect and good humour between the pair is obvious, and provides an insight into the world of endurance racing, where information is still readily shared and the spirit in which the race is contested is as important as the result.
Both men competed in America on Pivot Vault cyclo-cross framesets with custom builds to meet the extreme demands of their calling. Let’s take a closer look at their machinery.