Posts Tagged ‘Road’

If you missed yesterday’s world champs road race for men, then you missed a cracking race! The racing was brilliant but Mother Nature decided to intervene to see who was really deserving of the rainbow jersey!

For those of us that did get to watch the race on TV, we all got to see it from the perspective of the moto-cams that ride in front or next to the riders. It showed us the racing as we have become accustomed to seeing it. But thanks to the team at Shimano, they have released a video that gives us a different view of the racing – from the perspective of the team cars following the racing.

Here you get to see how Mother Nature determined who was strong enough to make it to the finish.

My hat off to all the riders that took part – it was a tough race!

So last week I put a post out about Martyn Ashton and his super amazing skills on the Pinarello Dogma 2. If you haven’t seen it then click here before reading on.

Well, since that video Martyn and his team have posted a second video of Road Bike Party – the Out-takes!

Enjoy!

The new customisable Lake CX401

My friend Martin, from Todays Cyclist, popped around the other day for a cup of coffee and a chat. He’s a great guy and it’s always good to see him. While here he showed me the new 2012 range of Lake Cycling shoes that he had in his bag of goods.

Lake CX401

The first pair he had to show me was the new customisable CX401. These are the top range of shoes available from Lake. As you can see from the picture above and below, these shoes just look awesome. But it doesn’t stop there. Its features include:

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Last night I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the launch of the 2011 Boardman Performance Bikes series at an exclusive venue in the heart of London. World and Olympic Champion, Chris Boardman was there talking about the new 2011 range and the new developments put into the line.

Here’s Chris welcoming us all and talking about the 2011 range:

The 2011 Performance Series line up comprises of five Road, three Hybrid, CX, five MTB Hard-tail and two MTB full suspension bikes.

Highlights of the range include:

  • the all-new Pro Carbon Road featuring BB30, tapered steerer, internal cable routing and Shimano Ultegra at £1,799
  • the Pro Carbon MTB featuring internal cable routing, tapered steerer, Rock Shox SID fork and SRAM X9 at £1,599,
  • the Road Team featuring tapered steerer, BB30 and Shimano 105 at £999
  • the MTB Pro with tapered steerer, BB30 and SRAM X9 2×10 at £999

According to the press release, the aerodynamic road and race ready MTB frames utilise high modulus carbon fibre combined with computer developed tube profiles. The new alloy Road, MTB, Hybrid and CX models have all been re-engineered with the emphasis on attention-to-detail resulting in pure performance and range from £500 to £1,000.

I’ll upload some pictures of the frames as soon as I receive them from the Boardman’s PR company.

My NeilPryde Diablo

Back in late December, after receiving my Diablo from NeilPryde, I decided I needed to get out on the road and try the bike out and see what all the fuss was about. Now also being an Epic Rider, I also needed to provide the team at NeilPryde with some ride stories of the bike. A perfect reason to get out on the bike!

To make matters worse, the weather wasn’t great and as a result there was a lot of snow about. So, picking a day when hopefully most of the snow would’ve melted, I made my way out on the roads with the Diablo leading the way.

As it’s a bike made for climbing – very stiff and very light – I thought I would give it a go up Streatley Hill, which is not too far from where I live. The perfect hill to try it out.

Instead of recreating the wheel and rewriting evrything from that day, the full story of my adventure up Streatley Hill can be found on the NeilPryde website by clicking here. But, what I thought I would also do is just add a few more pictures to my blog that I took, or I should say my dad took, on my day out in the freezing cold.

Last but not least, and before I sign off, if you are interested in seeing the Diablo in person and would like to try it out, please give me a shout. If you are not in the UK, fear not! I can definitely hook you up with my fellow Epic Riders that are from all over the world. As an added bonus, if you would like to buy an Alize or a Diablo, I could also help you out with some discount. So get in touch!!

The smooth lines of the Diablo

The famous NeilPryde brand

Setting fire to the snow with the Diablo!

On Friday 17 September, I was on my second trip to Boulder, Colorado. The first trip took place in July of this year and it reminded me so much of home. The weather and the beauty of it all. Both trips were thanks to work, but I decided to make the most of my second trip and come out a few days early than needed.

Why? Well, I was in one of the most beautiful parts of the US (IMHO) and it would be silly not see the place. And secondly, thanks to the team at Pez Cycling News and this image, I just had to had to experience what it would be like to ride up the highest paved road in North America – Mount Evans.

In preparing for my trip, the biggest thing I was deliberating was whether to take my new Basso with me, or hire a bicycle while I was out there. As I had just bought the bike, I didn’t want to risk it being man-handled by the British Airways baggage handling crew. So, this left the only option of hiring a bike while I was out there. I figured that if it was going to cost me £60+ to pay for the extra luggage needed for the bike, I could instead spend the money on a bike rental.

Still being undecided about it, my good friend James loaned me his bike box. He brought the box around and gave me the instructions on how to pack the bike. Wow, with all the additional cladding and packaging I was going to need, the hire option became the sensible answer to all of this.

Before I departed, I decided to take in stage 5 of The 2010 Tour of Britain. The stage finised in Glastonbury. On my way home after the stage, I had the privelage of spending the drive back with the director of marketing for Team Garmin Transitions. Anyway, to cut a long journey short, I was offered the chance to ride a team issue Felt as the team’s service course was based in Boulder.

So that was my trip sorted. All I had to do was get to the hotel and the bike would be waiting for me. And it was! I couldn’t believe my luck – a $6000 team issue bicycle waiting for me to ride it. A Felt F1-SL. Ths was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

The following morning I loaded the bike into the car and made my way to Idaho Springs, the start location for the trip up Mt Evans. When I got there, I changed and got the bike ready. However, the tyres weren’t quite pumped up and the hand pump just wasn’t able to get the pressure up to the 10bar mark. So I took a short ride down the high street and found a little bike store – Mountain & Road Bicycle Repair. If you are ever in Idaho Springs, please drop into the store and say hello. Inside, the shop owner – Jerry – gave me a hand and helped me pump the wheels up with a proper pressure pump.

Once done, I made my way along the 29-mile ride to the summit. I am proud to say that I did make it to the summit. However, having only arrived the day before from the UK and not being used to the high altitude definitely took its toll on me that day. For example, from Summit Lake to the top (approximately 7 miles) took me just under two hours to do. I was so dizzy that I had to walk the last two miles.  But I can proudly say that I rode to the height of 14,260 feet (4,346.5m).

So, here are the pictures from my ride on that very hot day:

The view on the way up Mount Evans

Only a third of the way up at this point

So beautiful, yet so hot!

So beautiful, yet so hot!

Getting closer to the top

Looking down to the entrance of Mount Evans road (it's the small lane at the bottom right hand side). 16 miles to the summit from the entrance

From the brochure that you are given at the entrance of Mount Evans road, it says that the sun is 5% stronger for every 1,000 feet of elevation gained. However, temperatures drop 3.5 – 5 degrees F (that’s just short of 1 degree C) for every 1,000 feet of elevation gained. So, it get colder as you get higher, but you do manage to get a tan. I know – I managed to get knee warmer tan lines. A very odd look when wearing shorts.

Looking up from Summit Lake. This is 7 miles from the top of Mount Evans

Looking up from Summit Lake. This is 7 miles from the top of Mount Evans

This is the view that inspired me to take a ride up Mt Evans

Here you can see the switchback in more detail

Here you can see the switchback in more detail

Team Garmin's Felt that helped me get to the top. Awesome riding machine!

The views from the other side of the mountain

Above the tree line. You can see how desolate it is up here

At the top of Mt Evans - 14,260' (4,346.5m)

Looking back down towards Summit Lake (to the left by the cloud's shadow) where my car was parked

Crest House and the highest observatory in North America

Back down at Summit Lake by the car

Driving back down towards the entrance of Mount Evans road by Echo Lake

One of the many repetitive signs on the way up and down

Fabienne Heinzmann on the cover of Cyclepassion 2011

For those of you who are still wondering about what to get for xmas, or if you are the girlfriend of a cyclist and not sure what to get him, then look no further. The 2011 Cyclepassion calendar is by far the best cycling calendar in the time it has been around. Very tasetfully done, while showing off the top road and mountain biking women racers in a way we’ve never seen them before.

Well, here are some video trailers for the calendar, tastefully put together by  Markus Neuert of Cyclefilm:

Calendar / DVD – 1 of 3

Calendar / DVD – 2 of 3

Calendar / DVD – 3 of 3

The 2011 Cyclepassion Athletes:

Willow Koerber (USA) – Trek/Subaru – MTB
Heather Irmiger (USA) – Trek/Subaru – MTB
Liz Hatch (USA) – Lotto Ladies Team – Road
Veronica Andreasson (Sweden) – Lotto Ladies Team – Road
Julie Krasniak – (France) Look – Road
Fabienne Heinzmann – (Switzerland) BMC – MTB
Mona Eiberweiser (Germany) – CentralPro – MTB
Hanka Kupfernagel (Germany) Road/Cross

So, what are you waiting for?!