I spent four days at the show, representing the Army Cycling Team at one of the stands. It was a great opportunity to let people know a bit about the sporting opportunities within the Army, and also to chat to a few veterans. Another perk was to browse the stalls looking at all the bike industry had to put on show.
The show was also a chance to get my new team kit for 2014, which sees a change in colour and manufacturer. The new strip is made by Primal and is their top of the range Helix kit. The quality of the kit is excellent and I like the new design and colours too.
|Quick snap shot of the 2014 kit.|
On Friday I was roped into a race which only had 4 riders in it - Phil Dempsey (Aprire Bicycles), Jake Martin (Pedal Heaven Colbornes RT) Rob Jones (Army Cycling) and me.
The commissaire had us doing a two man team pursuit (Army vs Industry Teams) on the indoor circuit, and on the second corner I found out exactly how slippery the floor was. I jumped up as quick as I could, but the tumble slowed us down enough for Martin and Dempsey to pass us. It is safe to say we lost that event convincingly.
|My thigh after a tumble.|
Next we had a "devil" race, and I was the first to be eliminated, still feeling a bit sketchy on the bends. Dempsey won that event.
The grand finale was an individual time trial, one lap best effort. Dempsey won this too, with Martin and I tying for second and Jones taking third. It was all for a bit of a laugh and we all got to stand on the podium on the basis of our time trial results. Thanks to the Imperial Racing Team for organising the event.
|Podium L-R Me, Martin, Dempsey, Jones.|
Other than that there were a lot of good looking bikes on display. Here are a few snaps I took.
|Rob Jones and me at the Army stand. Something interesting going on in the room behind too, it appears.|
|Good looking offering from Aprire.|
|Argon 18 had some good looking bikes at reasonable prices.|
|Team bikes are available for custom builds off their website. The paint job looks pretty good on this frame.|
|Retul bike fit. Hoping to get a fit on one of these in the near future, I've heard good things about the equipment, but it takes a good fitter to use it to its potential.|