Kyle Rickard, latest addition to our “Team” had a busy couple of weeks. Here is his summary of his first race on the electric shift MootoX RSL. As they say on Little Britain – “Dust anyone, Dust…?”
“Dusty tracks were the daily special for the Bicycle Superstore Bright 12 hour with over 250 teams coming from around the nation to take part in the classic bike race. The race took place just outside the centre of town with a 16.5km track testing everyones technical and mental strength. With fast pine decents and some of the most free flowing track I’ve ever ridden – the race had it all and the Le Mans start certainly didn’t disappoint. The 200m sprint for the bikes left most riders clutching their hamstrings while others struggled once on the bike. A brutal start to a challenging race.
With the boys from Torq quickly setting the pace I felt like I only had to follow – tailing the wheel of world series rider Jack Haig for a lap, only to be out done on the final climb by a slight mechanical problem. The Moots MOOTO X RSL seemed to catch the eye of all riders as the customised Di2 shifted flawlessly – even in the rockiest bits of track.
Team Cycling edge (Elite male pairs) got off to a bright start with the Moots mastering a 45 minute first lap – the third fastest lap in Male pairs. My partner and I then took it in turns until lap four when the competitive instinct took over and pushed the Moots out for back to back laps – a hard ask for the sweltering conditions. With the sun bearing down on the second lap and sapping the life out of me, I made a crucial mistake, miss judging a berm and peeling the tyre off the Easton Haven carbon rim, a small price to pay when compared to the advantages of running tubeless with low Psi for exceptional rolling grip from the Pair of Maxxis tyres.
By lap six the Titanium established a rhythm, punching out consistent 53 to 54 minute laps of the 16.5km mountain circuit. Nearing the final hours of the completion I was pushing hard using the swift shifting derailleur to my advantage through the undulating terrain, riding Cycling edge home in 8th (out of 28) position in Male pairs.
On the bright side, a brilliant first race on the Moots – despite the loss of a few inches of skin.”
A few days earlier Kyle took the bike out for a run and set a new record on Strava for the Wombat Loop. You can follow the link here.
The Otway Odyssey is next.
Here are some of the remaining frames ripe the taking at 248 Coventry Street South Melbourne
As the Canned Heat song says “goin’ up the county thought maybe you’ wanna go”.
We are relocating Cycling Edge to Woodend as of November 1.
A very popular base for racing and recreational riding, Woodend is nestled at the foot of Mount Macedon and is only 55 minutes by car or train from central Melbourne and 35 minutes from Melbourne Airport.
With some of Victoria’s best riding at our door, our new location will offer unrivalled opportunity to test Moots and Parlee road, MTB and ‘Cross bikes as well as the restaurants and wineries that abound in the Macedonia Ranges Shire.
To make the move simpler, from October 1st we will be selling all current inventory at not to be repeated pricing.
Our goal is to sell every frameset, bike, wheel and component currently in stock will be sold rather moved!
Drop by or call for pricing!
Parlee has just taken the game up several notches with today’s release of the their new range topping, full custom Z-Zero frame set.
With custom moulded uni directional tubes for each customer built combined with Parlee’s unique jointing wrap methodology the result is an enhancement in every attribute attribute of the previous top of the line Z1 custom.
On display at the show are a road bike and a disc equipped cyclocross CX both of which feature Parlee’s own new fork design.
There is a much stiffer bob unit which features greater chain stay spacing all in lifetime warranties frames that start from around 750gms!!!
Clearly there is no one left in the country based on the flights here and the accents prevailing at the Outdoor demo day yesterday.
The Moots team was flat out in the heat and dust but it was worth it with exceptional rider response across the range.
and he as made the winning pass the Koala to the cyclist said…..?
a) oh the bells the bells!
b) do you think that is Eucalyptus globulus, pryoriana, viminalis or ovata?
c) can you tell I’m wearing Rapha!
Yes the windows are open and September will ring in a number of changes at Cycling Edge…….
Can you spot the kitchen sink?
It used to be how many people can you fit into a VW Beetle or a Mini. Now the World by Cycle guys have apparently taken it up a notch.
An alternative theory is that this is the UCI’s next step in Team budget reduction moving to the self sustaining Pro Tour rider – think of the savings!
A couple heading off around the world chose custom MOOTS frames for this daunting task. The frames had just about every possible mounting point option ticked and the build specification chosen for durability, included SRAM X9 groups and Schmidt generator front hubs and a USB port to charge phone and MAC to keep communication open.
Built to carry all their needs and see the adventure through to the end – just like every MOOTS!
Nick Mitchell has tweeted a sub 7 hour challenge for the “3 Peaks” so we thought we would encourage him by introducing a “Pink Slip” deal to add a little further spice to the equation.
People think the photo above is his race face, no he just heard our proposal!
When drag racing commenced they were racing for the deed to each other’s car – The Pink Slip. So given that Mitch is 2 from 2 in this event and was 41 minutes up on second last year, the first person to beat him home this year gets to take his Parlee home right then and there as is (personal items excepted ofcourse)!!
Here it is in training guise – it will have something “just a little quicker” in the wheel department on the day!
Now there is an upside/downside to this opportunity. To get the PARLEE, you must have a confirmed and receipted donation of $100 to the Amy Gillett Foundation made between February 1, 2012 and the day prior to the 2012 event.
Simply be first to finish the full 3 Peaks Challenge, produce proof of the donation to the Amy Gillett Foundation in your name, and Mitch will hand over the bike!
You may think that this puts pressure on Mitch and it does. However, you can rest assured that Mitch has an even better incentive to be first home……..be warned (no not Shane!) that he is out there and working very hard indeed.
Images of places, bike shops and studios and food of course!
Parked just near the studio and compelling. Attention to detail is hard to resist and the exhaust note……..
In March after NAHBS I visited Paraic McGlynn to see what was happening with this concept. My prime interest was continuing education around bike fit but the idea of a fully integrated centre of cycling excellence was compelling. In March it was a factory shell with some framework up.
So having introduced Kung Fu and the travelling VIS Tri squad to FASTER, eight months on it was time to get first hand experience to see how things have changed. As indeed it has.
Remarkable progress, a stunning and cohesive complex, a lot of “Secret Squirrel” IP that isn’t yet for public consumption and a business model that is just charging forward.
Beg, steal, borrow just make a booking with your future success!
An overnight in Portsmouth NH, a quick drive through the stunning scenery to Newmarket delivered me to the door of the new home of Independent Fabrication.
Well it seems the industry has been awash with ill informed rumours regarding IF’s relocation, indeed demise and to perpetuate the misquote of Mark Twain, “rumours of (IF’s) demise are greatly exaggerated” !
The gestation of the facility from relic to home has been chronicled on the IF Blog and to be frank it doesn’t do it justice! It is stylish, functional, spacious, quirky, inviting, relaxed, focused and aligned with continuing the IF Brand’s heritage whilst raising the bar on production and service values and offering an elevated customer experience. Yep it made an impression and was more than worth the journey.
However, buildings don’t make great bikes, people do. More correctly a team does. Toni and Gary gave me the run of the place and the opportunity to introduce myself to and spend time with all of the team. From Jesse and Ryan at “the front end” to Benny in shipping (Director of First Impressions?) one can only be impressed by the clarity of purpose and Mutual accountability for the finished product.
So let the good frames roll!
3 weeks in the US - LA, San Francisco, New York, Boston, Beverly, Newmarket NH, Scottsdale, Tuscon and Sedona and AT+T couldn’t deliver a consistent service no wonder they are a Telstra partner!
However these obliging New Yorkers all had their heads down in Union Square trying help me decifer the user manual for my prepaid cell!
Something about “you’ve got to have a passion”… Charles from Pez Cycling News loves a project build. Fresh from the “AC/DC” Parlee Z5, Charles turned his attention to one of these…..
Follow this link here to read the first instalment on this build.
So ready Steve, Mitch, Andy all right fellas let’s go! (and how’s your “build” going Mark?)
Hmmm…saw the sign and just made the turn at the last minute. No wasn’t going to the Bradman cricketers hall of fame or whatever its called; was I looking for that place where the cycling Suttons come from? - I think I found that on the way:
Also found where that source of northern head winds:
No I was on my way here:
Spent a great couple of hours with Craig and Rod talking Parlee, Moots and IF amongst other things. What a great riding destination for those who don’t know it (and those who do!)
Also caught up with Dave Spindler from the Black Dog Institute whose talent extends to riding multiple Sydney buses and a Parlee Z5 at the same time!!
Yes Bowral may prove to have been the best way to Brisbane.
Stopped into Newcastle to catch up with Aaron Lean (MSS_Updates) who has an expanding practice as a bike fit professional and had a productive chat over great coffee. The future developments will be interesting to watch.
At 8.30pm the night before I randomly chose a B&B off a website and struck gold! First Class accommodation at 55% of the cost of a Brisbane hotel room and, as it turned out, four blocks from Aaron.
Brezza Bella (www.brezzabella.com.au) is run by Sue and Bob and will be my Newcastle “home” from now on and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Sometimes blindly following the directions on your phone can be surprising. Driving from Newcastle toward Brisbane I thought I was heading for the New England Hwy and ended up on “Thunderbolts Way” running north from Gloucester and Barrington.
I was distracted by a dirt road signposted to Giro! Missed it and turned my attention to the turn hard right in front of me and was confronted by sharp upturn in the road. It was STEEP!
Now I am sure that someone out there will have the numbers on the approximately 35km through Mares Run to Nowendoc and maybe my recollection is coloured by the lightning and thunder on tuesday afternoon, but this is one hell of a climb.
Sort of “Buffalo ish” but CRB steep (maybe Rabbitears like but without the absolute altitude for the Moots guys) with a couple of downhills in the middle to fool you into thinking it is over before it hits you again.
Mitch definitely one for you and Jono_L! (No Hayden it is not the one from the Grafton – Inverell route)
Love to see the numbers if someone has them. BTW the van did well!
Just in case you missed the “tweet” on this article here is a link to the PDF file of the Peloton-VRSL-Review-w-Cover
Enjoy the ride!
Kiwi import “Tim” aka T-REX (above) borrowed our MOOTS Rigormootis (converted to Single Speed for the Adelaide based event by fellow RoadWorks promoter Paul Larkin) and won!
Hmmm, bike’s a 19″ frame and the van is 1.94m tall – Tim’s a big boy perhaps that should be “Mr T-Rex sir”! The look is because of the green and gold wheel stickers – no silver ferns allowed.
The race report from Paul was “T-Rex won and I drank lots of beer”. Sounds like a fair division of labour.
PS Oli (Mr Roadworks in Wellington) invoice for exposure on its way!
This ad has gone to air in the Rocky Mountain Region and says a lot about MOOTS!
Well its Westgate Park this sunday and without access to the video of Hayden Kerr’s bunny (no hop achieved) at the State Open, we thought this would provide a great guide to the height that can be achieved over the barriers but more importantly to the timing of the leap…..click here.
The Moots and Parlee CX are back from R&R in Wangaratta and will be there.
This Saturday ‘Cross comes to the northern Victorian Town of Wangaratta and our PARLEE CX and MOOYS PsychloX below will be run by a couple of likely lads from Bright.
Doctor Chris will carry the Parlee mantle while Dave P is excited about the Moots since we assured him that it would retain his preferred pink bartape.