ADVENTURE NUMBER 2: THE WIND TUNNEL!!!
In case you haven't noticed.....
My sponsors spoil me BIG TIME.
CRAZY BIG TIME....the day after the race was a REAL TREAT.
I got to travel to Charlotte to meet Chance Regina (Blue Bikes) and Mike Giraud (A2 wind tunnel specialist) at the A2 wind tunnel and got so much out of it!!!!!!!
WOOOOWWW.....this wind tunnel is the wind tunnel of legends. This is the Lance Armstrong and other big names tunnel and the staff that goes with it. The real deal. No joking around.
This man is also the real deal. Mike Giraud (notice the french last name!). Mike is...ummm...some kind of magician that makes you do about 15 intervals sub 70.3 race pace with looongg rest, blows some wind into your hair, fiddles with the bike and ends up taking 20 watts for a 30 mph speed just like that.
We changed some things on my position, made it more aero with just a few adjustments: Saddle slightly up and forward, aerobars down, hands pulled up a little at the end of the bars. A position that not only helped me win lots of free watts at race pace for the same effort but also increased my level of comfort significantly by decreasing the extra work I was doing to support my upper body with my arms, lowering my head relative to my shoulders comfortably etc... unreal. Just miraculous to me.
I also got to know Chance Regina a little better. What I love about Chance is that (well first anyone who knows Chance knows he is just a great person but I knew that already), what I admired this time is the passion he has for the sport and his job and the involvement he has in our success. I feel that he gets personaly involved in our success and I think that is the most inspiring thing a sponsor can do. It definitely also makes you have more of a reason to race HARD!!!!!!!!!!!
The next day was another HUGE TREAT!!! I got to meet Chance again in Atlanta and he introduced me to Mike Skop, president of Blue Bikes . Talking to him also made me realize his involvement. I also got to ask him a lot of technical questions about the elaboration of the bikes aswell as the philosophy and the history of the company.
It is just amazing stuff. Every little detail I wondered about on my bike, the geometry, the weight, the way the back wheel slips into the frame. Every factor on that tri bike is chosen according to the latest research and wind tunnel tests with the best. It's just amazing to see what perfectionists are behind the elaboration of my bike. I loved my Triad SL but now I understand more of the reasons why. This bike is not a time trial bike, it is specificaly designed to be a triathlon bike and every single detail on it is elaborated for that purpose. I am convinced it is the best triathlon bike out there. Blue is a young company and is doing so well. Also a company with a very bright future.
From left to right: Brian, little me, Chance and Allen Heaton. Brian, holding the bike, is the one who did the paint job. Allen took care of putting the Blue together and much, much more!
Every single person I met at Blue was a good person but also a highly driven perfectionnist. From the owner, to the bike techs to the man who did the paint work on my bike. Lots of heart goes into the bikes. wow.
so here is some proof. See my new ride? This is it!! The graphics on it are ment to represent the comic book, fun, concept there will be on my website. We are so proud of it. It was a surprise to me. It was Chance's project, it was my project, it was Travise's project and wow, it turned into something that made us all smile. THANK YOU ALL!!! That is an amazing gift.
I am now preparing for the next race, staying in St-Sauveur with mom for a bit, I needed it, it's very refreshing! The second day here, I got to spend some time with my sponsor from Quebec, Equilibrum. And BOY ....we sure created ADVENTURE NUMBER 3. My next blog!!
Thank you for reading and cheering everyone. I'll race for you.