Alexandra Engen won the first eliminator world cup yesterday. More about it: uci
Got an e-mail with a Cannondale SuperSIX Evo Red Racing built with right height on wheels and nice 3T kit even when I think he should have got a Rotundo bar instead of Ergonova. And no seatbag
So original spec except:
3T stem, seatpost and handlebar
Specialized Romin saddle
GoVest 38 Tyr clincher wheelset
Shimano Ultegra pedals
Tacx bottle cages
There is 2 persons in my life that knows who I cheer one for riders. So at this years World Cup start in Albstadt there is one number to cheer extra for (but never more than #4) and that is #25, and yes I’m talking womens race here. As I’m a swede and knows the champ Alexandra Engen with number 4 I always wish she’s crossing the line first. But number 25 is the french cyclocrosschamp Lucie Chainel-Lefevre:
Putting colour on racing showed in Louisville that she’s fast with a third place after Marianne Vos and Katie Compton.
In the men’s category I always hope for Emil Lindgren, #14 to do good. Otherwise Cannondale Factory Racing with Manuel Fumic #3 and Marco Aurelio Fontana #7 is the guys showing how to ride your bike. Nino Schurter to but to cheer on the winning guy is a bit boring even when he’s got class and probably is the best mountainbiker in the world. A good show for that is the world cup in Val d’Isere last year, last world cup with Nino Schurter and Marco Aurelio Fontana in the front showing both technical, powerful and stylish skills.
Start with looking at some slow-motion action from last year here: Red Bull
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Working with a lot of Cannondales where the SuperSIX Evo ranked as the #1 bike in the world by Tour and sometimes a high end Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think2 or why not a Colnago C59 or Basso Diamante with Campagnolo Super Record. Top of the line that got everything. But sometimes everything isn’t enough, sometimes you look for the special, some say odd things. Sometimes it can be details like having the rim tape in right colour the right way or it can be big things as colour and paint. A bike straight out of a box can’t called a racebike (forget SuperSIX Evo Red Racing here), you have to tune it your way. Got to get a proper wheelset, pedals, seat and maybe handlebar. And make it suit with a gorgeous bar tape.
You can also get a bike look real none racing like getting a Pegoretti, Ruegamer, Seven, Independent or why not an English Cycles. High end bikes but will never be proper road racing bikes. Maureen Bruno Ray get’s the Seven Mudhoney transform into a proper race Cyclocross but not on road.
But one brand got 2 models breathing racing, Ritte with their Vlaanderen:
And Bosberg 3.0:
Hard bikes with tubulars and some cool colour usual companies wouldn’t look at. Normally a colours like black, white and red is allowed. Maybe some other colour if you sponsor a Pro Tour Team too.
The biggest conteder that I mentioned once before in this category is a bike that is standing out. Won a test by the norwegian magazine Landevei (norwegian for road). Got me finding blue and makes me smile every time I see one. It’s the best roadbike by Cannondale 2013. Cannondale SuperSIX Evo Hi-Mod Red Racing:
Cool colours – check
Tubulars – check
Standard crankset and no amateur compact – check
Classic bend on the handlebar – check
White bartape – check
Top groupset – check
Stiff crankset – check
Nothing to complain on, but it would kick evertything with a ca 40mm wheelset from Vision instead of 24 but cool anyway.
Thinking of write a checklist for racing sometime but maybe too much geek What do you think?
Some bikes you dream of more than other. Paduano Racing got som of those bikes and found this on ebay yesterday:
An 18″ 650b compatible lovely Caino with integrated seatpost, PF30 and stiff fork. Just their barcombo that is missing. The auction ends today and the price is awesome, get it and if you don’t want it I can take it