I am lucky to be able to work with a lot of fast athletes – the pointy end of the age groupers, and some pros. Of course it is gratifying to help them get even faster. What many folks don’t know is that I work with many other kinds of athletes too. And just because […]
Finally got around to finishing my review of Kona Pro bikes – so let’s dive right in. (click on pics for full size images) The Commerz Bank crew were very prominent with their new matching Scott Plasma 3’s done in in matte gray with yellow highlights. These are the same frames used by Pro Tour […]
Continuing with my look at the rigs the pros ran in Kona (click on pics for full size): Faris Al-Sultan: I ran across Faris’ bike at the Powerbar breakfast. The Abu-Dhabi team all had these interesting matching Storcks with Di2 shifting. You can see the battery mounted behind the seatpost. The rear brake on these […]
My annual installment of high-speed video from the Queen K is ready for your bike-geek enjoyment! First up, the Men, shot from the intersection of Hina-Ami and the Queen K, about 4 miles out of town. So we are at mile about mile 12 on the way out and mile 108 on the way back. […]
Everyone has heard about the difficult conditions on the Kona bike course near the turn at Hawi. If you get classic Ironman weather, which you almost always do on race day, the Hawi winds can only be described as shocking. It is unlikely you will ever have ridden your bike in anything approximating the jet […]
It’s always great to see good sportsmanship out there on an IM race course. There is so much BAD sportsmanship, (i.e., drafting, “its-all-about-me” race tactics, etc) at most races that it sort-of restores your faith in humanity when you see examples of real sportsmen out there. Example one: Fuel Belt Captain Vinu Malik. Vinu is […]
We rode a loop of the IM USA course this am. I was really looking forward to riding this course with power, since when I did the race two years ago I rode blind (malfunctioning computer) and totally roasted myself on the first loop. The plan for me today was to simulate IM race pace […]
The Speedfil is a good alternative to traditional aero hydration systems, especially for long course. Lis and I have been using ours for two seasons, including Kona for Lis. Check out the review.