Sunday, November 22, 2009

New Colours

So you may notice new (shredded) kit in the gore photos below. The exciting news behind that is the return of Apollo Bikes to the Australian racing scene. To coincide with their new product range they're throwing support behind five under 23 road riders and two mountain bikers in Peter Kutschera and myself. We even got our mugs in some mags!

The (successful) mtb team debut came at the Surfcoast 6hour a few weeks ago. We're currently riding the 2010 TeamC. A high modulus full carbon frame is dripping in the best from Easton, Michelin, Prologo, SRAM, Rock Shox, Avid, Truvativ and Mavic. At a retail of $4000 it's a very strong contender in the hardtail market.

Not to mention it looks wicked as well. Enough with the plug though, stay tuned for complete pics and a review once I get some hours in the saddle. If you spy me at the Kona24 this weekend don't be shy, you're welcome to take it for a spin.

For all Apollo Race Team happenings including the Surfcoast 6hour race report by yours truly check the team section on the Apollo website or the Apollo Race Team Blog.

A First Time For Everything

So you've had a lovely morning out on the road bike. Good friends, sunny weather, hard climbs. It's your mum's birthday and you've got to get home to do birthday related stuff. Not to mention the 6hour mtb race the next day that you still have to build a new bike for. Let's role turns down this descent that we've done at least a hundred time before and time trial home.

Nothing new so far.

Fast forward nearly 2km and you're carving up a favourite sweeping left hander at 60km/h, a little bit of sun in your eyes...and a lot of gravel in the middle of the road. There's that familiar metal crunching and grinding on bitumen noise but for the first time it's followed by you personally doing your best cheese grater impersonation.

A week off work to avoid nasty hospital infections allowed time for the skull CT (clear) and a rebuild of both SRAM Red shifters with new shifter bodies and lever blades that hadn't been turned into carbon dust on the road.

So tomorrow it's back to work, still partially mummified.

New shoes and socks ease the pain though...