::Ironman Specialized regearing::



In March on 2011 I decided that I would get my butt on a new bike after riding on my three ring Kona. I researched many different bikes and decided that I would go with specialized pro transition. After a full season of racing on this bike, I was super happy with it and felt that now I wasn’t at a huge disadvantage.

::old one::

In June I rode its first race in Oliver and took a 93km bike to a 2:36, in 2010 I did 2:54, taking 18 minutes off. I’m not all the credit goes to the bike since I’d been just 7 months new in the world of skinny tires.

In July I raced the Vancouver Half Ironman and continued to take time off my bike with a 2:44 but this time it was only 6 minutes. The difference between June and July was that the race course in June was a flat course and July (Vancouver) had a three looped course with a nice hill climb at the start of every loop. (as well as riding the IMC course the week before) Then finally in August I went into ironman and raced close to my goal time but got totally deflated by the time I hit the run.

I am always learning and after a long (still long) winter, looking over what I did wrong and what I can do to change and challenge my goals for 2012, I decided that the gearing for this bike isn’t right.

It came with a 53 chainring which after talking to a few guys at Velocity…is large. I felt like my old bike was pretty good for hills with the old three ring chainring.  Ironman Canada is considered one of the toughest races on the ironman tour with its hilly climbs, but with Ironman St George thrown into the mix for this years racing, I’m told it’s even tougher. With stories of people walking their bikes up some sections, I thought I better get the gearing right.

::new one, ready to be tested::

So a 50″ s-works is thrown on for some faster rpms up the mountains.  I’m hoping to get out on this guy here soon once the snow clears and gets a bit warmer.  I look forward to the gearing difference and what sort of results that will come with the change.