New TT bike! Madone is no longer for sale.
These past few months I’ve been working on preparing my body, mind and equipment for the upcoming race season, which starts at the end of January.
Physically I feel like I’m in a good place. I’m at race weight, and I’m feeling pretty strong on the bike. My training has been going well, and over the next few months I’ll be even more focused on improving my sustainable power. I am going to do a new FTP test soon, and then see how much I can improve it over the next few months with Time Trial-specific training.
Mentally I’m good to go. I’m feeling positive, and I’m extremely excited to finally pin on a number. My plans at this point are to do Time Trial racing, but I would not be surprised if I eventually decide to dip my toes in the road racing pool.
From an equipment standpoint, there have been many changes and adjustments over the past few months. My original plan was to sell my Trek Madone, and purchase an aero road bike (a 2016 Giant Propel). The idea was that I could use clip-on aerobars on the Propel for TT racing and training, but could also still use the Propel as a road bike. Ideal? Not really, but purchasing a decent TT bike was not financially possible. The Propel plan was a compromise.Well, yesterday a deal on a brand new TT bike dropped into my lap that was impossible to pass up. Not merely a “great” price, I’m talking ridiculous. The bike is brand new, albeit last year’s model (2014). It’s coming to me from an authorized dealer, and is still in the box as it was delivered to the shop from the manufacturer (I’ll be doing the full build).
This is not a crazy high end TT bike, but it’s a very solid machine that will be an order of a magnitude better than running a road bike with clip-on aerobars in TT races. It’s got an excellent, race-proven carbon fiber frame, an Ultegra/Dura Ace mixed groupset (alas, mechanical, but I can live without Di2 for the price I got) and a killer paint scheme that just so happens to match my team’s colors! The stock wheels are nothing special, but that doesn’t matter because I will be running the bike with my Zipp 404 Firecrest wheels.
The bike should be here early next week. I’ll do the reveal along with complete specs and plenty of photos once I have her built up. I’ll also talk about some of the other TT equipment I’ve picked up (helmet, shoe covers, etc).
So, my Madone is no longer for sale. I’ll also be stripping the aerobars off the Madone tonight, and turning her back into a pure road machine. 🙂