Not content with scaling the peaks of the Yorkshire Dales at this year’s 3 Peaks, Ian decided on another Stoater outing riding in the Welsh Bear Bones 200. Typically a very wet 2-day mountain bike ride, rider and bike got on fine and you can read about the weekend on Ian’s blog.
Ian Barrington got his hands on a Stoater earlier in the year, swapping flat bar for drop bar action and the joy of ‘cross rides’. Here’s a write-up on his blog of his experience competing in the Three Peaks Cyclocross this year. A classic race if ever there was one.
Image courtesy of : www.mickkenyon.com
As well as crossing continents to exhibit at Interbike, we have a stand a closer to home at Cyclefest Edinburgh. Being held at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange, we’ll be there with a couple of Stoaters and we’re promised the show will be a fun weekend for all the family. For more information and tickets visit: www.cyclefestedinburgh.com
We are delighted to be attending Interbike this year in Vegas and will have a Belt Drive Rohloff Stoater and two Belt Drive Rohloff Bahookie’s at the show, both available to ride on the demo days (14th and 15th). You find Steven on the Rohloff/Cycle Monkey/Gates stand #102121. See you there!
It’s been a fairly fraught final week getting ready for the race with emotion swinging between complete excitement and total fear. But as usual there comes a point where there’s nothing more to be done and you just have to get on with it.
The TCR starts at midnight on Friday in Geraardsbergen, Belguim and Fraser Waters and myself will be aiming to ride an average of 300kms a day to reach Istanbul in around 14 days.
If you’d like to follow the race you can visit trackleaders.com/transconrace15 and track the dots from the comfort of your armchair. We’re racing under number 179 so you can see how we and other competitors are doing as we progress across the continent. We’ll also be posting progress online to www.twitter.com/shandcycles and www.instagram/shandcycles, depending on fatigue and mobile reception.
I’d also like to say thanks to a few people for helping us get to the start. The guys here at Shand have been great and Matt pulled out the stops last week to put together a new frame at the very last minute. Fraser for some final fettling and Steven and Euan too for putting up with my grumpy Monday morning’s after excessive weekend riding. . .
Endura have also been amazing and kindly provided great kit for training and the race itself. The MTR Emergency Shell has been brilliant through many, many wet and cold days on the road and we’ll be taking them with us on the race. Go get one – you won’t regret it!
Wildcat Gear provided our frame bags and it’s great to be using kit made here in the UK with Beth in charge of proceedings.
Middleburn supply the British made cranks on the Stoater Rohloff and Mathew kindly lent Fraser one of their new super compact chainsets to try out on the race. Fraser also built the wheels we’re using under his wheel building business, The Happy Cog.
Finally I should also thank Lucy for putting up with me for the last 6 months too. It can’t be easy being around somebody out on the bike in all the spare time that there is!
Anyway, time to finish as it’s getting late and there’s still lost of stuff to do before catching the ferry tomorrow. As Fraser say’s, there’s got to be an easier way to get a kebab!