Nouvelle équipe Specialized/Feedback Sports

L’équipe CXFever devient Specialized/Feedback Sports 

 À seulement quelques semaines du début de la saison de cyclocross 2019-20, nous sommes bien excités et très fiers d’annoncer le lancement de l’équipe Specialized/Feedback Sports

En Août 2018, Maghalie Rochette et son partenaire David Gagnon annonçaient le début de leur programme de cyclocross “Specialized/CX Fever” dont le but était de se concentrer principalement sur le cyclocross. Depuis le début de sa carrière en cyclisme, Maghalie avait évolué au sein de l’équipe CLIF Pro Team, où elle courait tout aussi sérieusement en vélo de montagne qu’en cyclocross. 

Specialized/CXFever a connu une une bonne première année en 2018, où Maghalie et David ont remporté les titres de Championne Canadienne et de Championne PanAméricaine. 

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Photo par Rob Jones

Pour la deuxième année du programme, Specialized est de retour en tant que commanditaire principal de l’équipe. Maghalie pilotera le Specialized S-Works CRUX au cours de la saison de cyclocross. 

“Après un an à travailler avec Specialized, nous avons été très impressionnés par la qualité de leurs produits et l’efficacité avec laquelle cette compagnie travaille. Ils sont constamment en train d’innover. C’est très motivant, car en tant qu’athlète, j’ai vraiment l’impression de rouler le meilleur équipement possible. Honnêtement, la première année ne fût que positive, alors nous sommes très excités et reconnaissants de pouvoir poursuivre ce partenariat pour encore 2 ans.” 

Un des plus gros changements cette année sera l’ajout de Feedback Sports qui joindra l’équipe à titre de co-commanditaire principal. Feedback Sports se spécialise dans la production d’équipement d’entretien pour vélos, d’entraînement, puis de rangement. 

“Nous sommes très excités que Feedback Sports puisse se joindre à notre équipe en tant que co-commanditaire principal. En tant qu’équipe de vélo professionnelle, nous utilisons constamment leurs produits à toutes les étapes de notre préparation. Leurs produits sont essentiels à ce que l’on fait, mais ils sont rarement vus lors des courses. C’est donc encore plus excitant de pouvoir porter fièrement leur logo lors des courses.” 

“Par dessous tout, l’équipe chez Feedback Sports ont réellement la fièvre du cyclocross! Leur passion et leur enthousiasme pour le sport vont nous donner de l’énergie au cours de la saison, j’en suis certaine! De plus, je sais que la plupart des employés chez Feedback Sports regardent les course de cyclocross, alors de savoir cela me donnera une motivation supplémentaire lorsque je serai sur les lignes de départ!” 

En plus de Specialized, plusieurs compagnies ont décidé de poursuivre leur partenariat avec Maghalie pour une année supplémentaire. Parmi ceux-ci, comptons Roval, SRAM, Challenge Tires, Lizard Skins, EVOC, CLIF Bar, Oakley et Horst Engineering.

Quelques nouveaux partenaires se joindront aussi à l’équipe en 2019, incluant Sportful & Karpos pour les vêtements, XPedo pour les pédales, puis Muc-Off pour les produit nettoyants. 

“Cette année, nous sommes bien fiers de pouvoir représenter quelques compagnies Québécoises. Notre horaire moins chargé durant l’été nous permet de passer plus de temps à la maison et de s’impliquer un peu plus dans la communauté Québécoise. Ça fait réellement du bien! Et puis, lors des compétitions à l’extérieur du Québec, nous seront fiers de pouvoir parler de ces compagnies de chez nous!” 

Ces partenaires incluent la Bière Boréale, le Studio Powerwatts Nord, la firme de finance Partenaire-Conseils, la firme d’actuariat SGC Groupe Conseils, puis Les Restaurants ZIBO! 

Photo par Cycle Presse

Photo par Cycle Presse

Objectifs

Maghalie et David ont de gros objectifs pour la saison 2019-20, avec un calendrier qui les verra courir en Amérique du Nord autant qu’en Europe. 

“Bien que nous avions annoncé l’an dernier que nous voulions concentrer nos efforts sur le cyclocross, c’est seulement cette année que nous pourrons le faire véritablement. En 2018, lorsque nous avions fait cette annonce, j’avais déjà couru une saison complète en vélo de montagne, alors c’est surtout pour le futur que j’annonçais ce changement de focus. Par contre, cet été, mon horaire a été très tranquille ce qui m’a permis de m’entrainer spécifiquement pour le cyclocross, alors j’ai hâte de voir ce que cela donnera en compétition. Je pense que la différence se fera voir surtout en deuxième moitié de saison, là où je commençais toujours à sentir la fatigue dans le passé.” 

“Nous avons de gros objectifs pour la saison. J’aimerais avoir un bon début de saison en Amérique où je vais tenter de défendre mes titres National et PanAméricain. Mais cette année, c’est vraiment la Coupe du Monde que je vise. J’ai souvent terminé proche du podium, mais je ne suis jamais monté dessus en coupe du monde, et c’est définitivement quelque chose que j’aimerais accomplir!” 

Maghalie portera les couleurs de Specialized/Feedback Sports pour la première fois lors de la course UCI à Rochester, New York les 7-8 Septembre prochains. 

David, Maghalie, et leurs partenaires ont aussi comme objectif de continuer à répandre la fièvre du cyclocross partout où ils iront! 

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New team : Specialized/Feedback Sports

New team name. New Fever Alert. New branding. New colors. New partners. WHAAAAAA SO MANY NEWS!!!

It's been a very good summer and David and I worked hard to build a strong program for the upcoming cyclocross season. We have been blessed by the support we received, and we are very excited to share with you all the partners that will accompany us though this season.

First of all, we are thrilled that Specialized is coming back with us as a title sponsor. It has now been a year since we started working with Specialized and we have been mind blown by the quality of the bikes products (helmet/shoes/etc.) that they have been providing us. It's been very pleasant working with them because they truly strive to be the best, they are constantly innovating, and they are extremely supportive.

As an athlete, this is extremely motivating because I truly feel like I am riding the best available products, and I feel supported whether we are winning or struggling.

Through the season, I'll be riding the Specialized CRUX S-Works, the Evade helmet, and the S-Works Recon shoes. I'll also be riding with their gloves and socks.

The biggest change for the season is the addition of Feedback Sports who is coming on board as a Co-Title sponsor. Feedback Sports specializes in making cycling products for maintenance, training, and storage. You have probably seen many pros warming up on their Omnium Trainer, or many mechanics using their Pro Elite work stand. In fact, as a professional cycling team, we use their products all the time, and at every stage of our preparation. Their products are essential to what we do, but they are rarely seen in the actual racing, which is why we are excited to be wearing their logo proudly this season!

If you watch the races, you may also find David in the pits sporting Feedback Sports logos and using their tools!

Above all, the team at Feedback Sports have a stronger CX Fever than most people I have ever encountered (the owners are actually very strong cx racers!). I believe their enthusiasm and passion will give us a lot of energy and momentum during the season. I also know that most of the employees at Feedback Sports will be watching the races, and I feel like knowing that will be extra motivation for me when I line up to race!

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Other partners


Many partners are coming back this year, and some are new addition. 

  • Roval: This year, we will be running the Roval CLX50 Tubular wheels through the CX season. We will have 12 sets of tubular wheels for the whole season, and I'll also carry a set of CLX50 Rapide Tubeless wheels for training and warm up on the trainer.

  • SRAM: All my CX bikes will be equipped with the new SRAM Red AXS E-Tap groups. I'll be running a 38T or 40T chain ring, with a 12 speed cassette. I'll also be running Zipp bars and stem, as well as the Quarq power Meter.

  • Challenge Tires: Here's what our tubular set up will be: 2 wheelsets with Grifo, 3 Chicane, 3 Baby Limus, and 4 Limus.

  • Sportful: Our cycling clothes will be made by Sportful and we will also be wearing casual clothing from Karpos. 

  • Boréale: Post race celebration will be a courtesy of Boréale Beer. Boréale is a local brewery in Quebec and we are excited for this new partnership (you should be too - maybe you'll get beer from us!)

  • Nord: All the winter indoor training will be done at the Powerwatts Nord Training Studio at home in Quebec! 

  • EVOC: Bags, duffle bags, hydration packs, luggage, travel cases, wheel bags...Comfort in our travels will be made possible by EVOC!

  • Lizard Skins: I'll be running Lizard Skins bar tape on all my bikes. Depending on the time of the season (and thickness of the gloves) I'll be changing between the 2.5mm DSP and 1.8mm DSP bar tape.

  • XPedo: Flawless clipping in and out of the pedals will be possible because of XPedo this year. I'll be riding with the CXR Pro Pedals.

  • Muc-Off: Bikes will be cleaned by Muc-Off products (and David!) using their Clean, Protect, & Lube formula.

  • Horst Engineering: Having traction while running in the mud will be possible because of Horst Cross Spikes.

  • CLIF Bar: Snacks and fuel will be provided by CLIF Bar.

  • Partenaire-Conseils: Will be offering support on all fronts!

  • SGC: Will also be offering all kinds of support!

  • Restaurants ZIBO! : Post race meal, or pre-training block meeting will happen at ZIBO! restaurants in Quebec.

  • Oakley: Eyes will be protected and style will be given thanks to Oakley!

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Hitting the brakes...but not in Sedona!

I learned some interesting things during this off season.

On the bike, you normally hit the brakes when you are scared. But for me, in my training, it was hitting the brakes that actually scared me.

Towards the end of the cyclocross season, I was sick and very tired…I caught one virus after another and was sick for over a month. My body had reached rock bottom, and I needed to give it a real break.

In the past few years, I would finish the cyclocross season in February, and I had to be ready to race on the mountain bike about a month later, in March. I would take a little break, but the truth is that it's hard to take a real break when you have to be respectably fit in a few weeks.

So this year, I did things differently. I did not plan any race or any training camps. I took all the time I needed to fully recover, to heal some lagging discomforts, and to reset. And let me tell you, it was AWESOME.

Although it felt totally out of my comfort zone -and pretty stressful- to take such a long break, I ended up enjoying it a lot. I got to spend quality time with my family & friends, work on my hobbies -without feeling guilty about it!- and do all of these things I normally don’t get to do when I’m on the road or too tired from training. I learned that I could be happy without having the usual structure and routine of training. But most importantly, I learned that I could be happy without the feeling of satisfaction & accomplishment I normally get from training. It turns out I could get that rewarding feeling from other activities as well, like taking care of my body, creating woodworking pieces, or spending time doing different activities with people I love. This realization may seem unimportant, but for me, it is an essential reminder that I am not just a bike racer. I am a person with many flaws and qualities, with many interests and loved ones, who rides her bike for a living. Small nuance, big difference.

It still didn’t take long until I jumped on the bike again, but I made sure I did it with no computer telling me how long I had been going for. The truth is I had been missing my mountain bike, so I wanted to get out and play on it. We had been hitting the brakes in training, but I was excited to actually let go of them on my MTB, and simply enjoy it!

This past weekend, David and I went on a 3 days trip to Sedona, AZ to ride and camp. It has become a tradition to head there for a few days every year. The trails are so fun in Sedona, and I feel like spending a few days there always bring my skill level (and comfort on the bike) up a notch, which gives me extra confidence for the upcoming MTB season. It also felt like a mini adventure, as we used this opportunity to camp, and just spend quality time outside.

We are now back in Tucson and I’m still just riding without intensity. The goal is to be able to be consistent throughout the whole CX season this year - and not fade in early December - so we are still taking our time. That said, although training is slowly increasing, I still won’t be racing the XC events at Sea Otter. I just don’t feel ready to race against the strongest ladies in the world yet, so I’ll wait until May to get back into Cross-Country racing. For now, I’ll jump in new events at Sea Otter - The Gravel ride, and the Enduro! I’ll also use the opportunity to be in California to visit the Specialized Head Quarters, and ride mountain bikes with friends in Santa Cruz.

I’ll just finish with two things I want to share with you…

  1. Although I was super nervous about taking a break and not have a structured training plan for a while, I can honestly say that I do not remember the last time I felt so good in my body, and so energized. My motivation to work hard is always pretty high, but I don’t think I’ve felt it at that level in a few years. We’ll see if I have the same speech in a few weeks (depending on how the fitness comes - or doesn’t - come back), but for now, I can say that taking a break has been very beneficial, even if it was scary.

  2. David and I have been working hard on very cool projects and partnerships for this coming Spring/Summer/Fall and I can’t wait to share more of these with you all. Stay tuned!

I’ll leave you with a few pictures of Sedona and the off season :)

Cheers -

Maghs


Not a bad spot for wheelie practice eh?

Not a bad spot for wheelie practice eh?

Endless views in Sedona

Endless views in Sedona

Can you think of a better feeling than an outside shower in the trailhead? Not me.

Can you think of a better feeling than an outside shower in the trailhead? Not me.

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Woke up like this.

Woke up like this.

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CX Fever Gift Guide

I almost can’t believe it. We are already in December and Christmas is only a month away! It’s crazy how time goes by quickly when you are doing fun things.

Although I believe Christmas is mainly a holiday to eat delicious food, cook fun recipes, play in the snow, and spend some good time with our loved ones, I still think sometimes it’s fun to exchange a few presents. However, I don’t believe in buying something just for the sake of buying something… But if you find something that can really make someone happy, something that can be fun and useful for them, then I think it’s a terrific idea!

Here are a few of my favorite things, that I hope will help you find a nice and meaningful gift for the person who has the Cyclocross Fever in your life. I have made 4 categories to make it easier for you…

  • The Traveller/Adventurer

  • The Performance seeker

  • The Dedicated CX Fan

  • The “I simply love to ride” er

  • Stocking Stuffers

Happy Holidays to everyone :)

**P.S Please note that some companies mentioned in this article sponsor me. Some don’t, however. Which means that I absolutely mean everything I said in there. I truly believe in all the products I’ve mention in this article.

-Maghalie


- The Traveller/adventurer -


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Literally, with that bag, it takes less than 10 mins to pack your bike and it is so easy to haul around in the airport.

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Reusable Bowls, Mugs and Utensils

This collapsible bowl is the best for travelling. Paired with a set of wooden utensils and a nice travelling mug, you’ll be set and you’ll do your little part to save the planet from tons of plastic waste :)

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All the tools you need for travelling, all wrapped up in a nice little mallet :)

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If you like riding for a few hours and want to make sure you have enough water and snacks, without breaking your back under the weight of a huge pack? This may be your new best friend.

Technically, this has nothing to do with cycling.But I have yet to find a better, more convenient bag for travelling, so I feel like it would be mean not to share. All the pockets you need, none that you don’t need. You will beat all your friends at the airport security!


- The performance seeker -

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This is the simplest trainer ever, and in my opinion, the best. You can set it up, or pack it out in less than a minute without even trying to be fast. It packs in a small bag so you can travel with it and carry it everywhere. “Over-Drive” means there is progressive resistance, allowing you to do the easiest, or the hardest of workouts.

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If you like performance, one of the best tool to measure your progress is a power meter. This one is great because it is accurate, light, ad very easy to calibrate.

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If you are a dedicated cyclocross racer and are looking for something to improve, tubulars are the one thing that can make the biggest difference. It will allow you to run a lower pressure and have much more traction. If you only have one set of tubulars, I would suggest having the LIMUS, because it’s in the mud that tubulars will make the biggest difference.

If you get tubulars, make sure you glue them properly! You can read here an easy step by step method.

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I think this is a really cool and useful gift to offer someone who likes cyclocross. On muddy days, having some spikes on your shoes can be a game changer. I’m convinced this one will surprise your loved one and make him/her very happy.

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This is where I train when I am at home in the winter. World Class training facilities, great coaches and a very fun vibe. Email them to get a free trial and I promise you will enjoy it, and possibly find a new family for training :)


-the “I simply love to ride” er-


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You may just enjoy riding, but you still need to be covered if you flat. Saddle bags usually break all the time, but I promise, this one is THA BOMB!

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This is the smartest thing I’ve ever seen. Basically, you are buying peace of mind and security. This helmet not only keeps your head safe, but keeps your family knowing if something happens. The technology comes in MTB or Road helmets.

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Gravel Tires

Because long rides are so much more fun when you take the path less travelled…and because the path less travelled is so much more fun when you have the right tires for it :)

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The single most important thing to enjoy your ride is being comfortable, and that starts with the saddle. Man or woman, this saddle will make everyone happy. The rider will have never been so comfortable, the significant other will be happy that his/her loved one’s genitals are in great shape…There is no doubt, this is a crowd pleaser!

More seriously though, the best saddle I’ve ever had. I feel like it allows me to shift my pelvis a little bit when I sit, giving me more power on the pedals. There is literally no pressure on the Va-gay-gay… David says it’s the same for him: no pressure on his man’s parts.

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It is pretty, it is comfortable, it is high quality, it is fun… Your loved one may not often buy a nice piece of cycling clothing for themselves, but I guarantee they secretly want one. Make them happy with a nice piece of Tenspeed Hero clothing.

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Those were definitely THE glasses of the cyclocross season. This Prizm Low Light lens is really good for pretty much all conditions, except when it’s extremely sunny.


-the dedicated fan -


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If your significant other likes watching races, this is the way to go! It will allow your cyclocross lover to watch all the cyclocross (and road) races throughout the year! Their coverage is great.

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The ultimate photo book about cyclocross. Really beautiful photographs about each cyclocross seasons, and some little stories. It is a really, really cool book, and the photographer is also awesome!

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This is not a cyclocross dedicated book, but I have it and I think it is a really cool cookbook. It has interesting cycling related stories and the recipes are delicious and easy to make. I think this is a nice gift.

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Another cool cookbook. Fun recipes and interesting content and information about cycling!

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Another great photo book by a very nice photographer named Daghan Perker. This one features hundreds of beautiful and very artistic pictures, illustrating the 2017-18 cyclocross season in the USA. Another super cool book for your coffee table :)


-STocking stuffers-


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This bar is my personal favorite, but really, they are all delicious. If your loved ones like playing outside, they will surely enjoy receiving some CLIF Products. If they race and train a lot, some BLOKS and Gels may also be a good idea!

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This warm up cream is really useful for cold races. You apply it on your legs to keep them warm. If you offer this to someone, make sure to let them know they need to put their shorts on and apply their eye contacts on BEFORE applying the cream! ;)

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This is a fun gift! People won’t really do it, but you do need to change the bar tape on your bikes sometimes. If you’re going to change it, might as well use the best one. Lizard Skins tape is ideal for cross because it is really grippy. Also, they make really fun colours, so it’s the perfect occasion to add some punch to your bike!

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Registration for a race

That is always a nice gift! Registration for a stage race, a cyclocross race, or a gravel race, an event is always really fun, because it gives you a goal to work towards!

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Who doesn’t like socks!? The one item that allows you to express you personality when you are riding! Tenspeed Hero makes a lot of really fun socks. You will certainly find one that makes you think of your loved one.

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David and I go every year. The festival comes in almost every city, and they showcase the year’s best mountain/adventure films. It is really fun and the stories are super inspiring. I think you will really enjoy it. Check out when they come to your town and grab some tickets :)

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CLIF Bar doesn’t only make bars…they also have a winery, they make their own olive oil and other artisan food products. I’ve been to the place wear they grow everything; it is beautiful, fun, and all organic! This can make a beautiful gift, with a touch of cycling :)

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If your significant other owns a cycling computer, or a riding camera, they will surely be happy to receive a mount from K-Edge. They are light, and they allow you to clamp your computer/camera safely and see the screen of the computer a lot better.

Bike Check

**Disclaimer: I am sponsored by the companies I mention in the article. However, I believe 100% in everything I stated in here. No company asked me to write this article or say something in particular about their products. I partner with these companies because I truly like their products.

There are a lot of “bike check” articles out there, and to be honest, I hardly ever read them. That being said, I don’t really know what you are supposed to write in your bike check article, so I’ll just create my own.

I think my bike is pretty cool, and I often get questions on the set up of the bike, so I figured I would introduce the bike to all of you!

Specialized Crux blending in the fall colours! Magically floating in the middle of the road.

Specialized Crux blending in the fall colours! Magically floating in the middle of the road.

Bike Specs

Model: Specialized Crux Expert. This is the same carbon frame as the S-Works model, except it comes built differently. I ride size 49cm.

  • Front/Rear 12mm Thru Axle (100mm wide in front, 142mm rear)

  • Made with the “Rider-First Engineering” which means the lay-up and the tube shapes of each size frame are refined accros the size range to accommodate to the requirements of different height/weight of the cyclist.

Wheels: I switch between Roval CLX32 and CLX50 tubular wheels

Weight: 16.2 lbs (fully built, pedals included)

Tires: Challenge Tubulars Team Edition. The treads I use the most are Chicane, Baby Limus, and Limus. Sometimes I use the Grifo, and I’ve heard the sandy Koksjide World Cup will demand the help of the Dune…

Group set:

Derailleur: SRAM Force 1 medium cage

Shift Levers: SRAM Force 1, hydraulic disc

Brakes: SRAM Force 1, flat mount-disc

Cassette: SRAM PG1170, 11-32T

Crankset: Quarq D-Zero Carbon power meter

Chainrings: 38T, 40T and sometimes 42T

Handlebar: Zipp Service Course SL-70, Aluminum, 42cm (250g)

Stem: Zipp Service Course SL, 90mm

Seatpost: Zipp SL Speed (20mm setback)

Saddle: S-Works Power 143mm (159g)

Computer mount: K-Edge Garmin Race mount (32g)

A few of my favorite things…

  1. It is light: Every time I come to lift the bike over the barriers, or put it on my shoulder for a running section, I’m surprised at how easy it is to lift it. Sometimes I even catch myself thinking: “What a pleasant surprise!” And I promise this is not because my arms suddenly got so much stronger… I have 2 nicknames when doing strength training: “Noodle arms” or “The microbe”.

  2. The big hoods: I have fairly small hands. When I switched to SRAM this year, I was afraid my hands would be too small for the hoods, because they were much bigger than what I was used to ride. But guess what?! I absolutely LOVE them. I feel like the bigs hoods gives me so much control when riding in the trails or in technical sections, because I feel I have a super solid grip on the bike.

  3. That one extra cog: I run the 1x drive train with a 11-32T cassette. I used to run a 11-30T cassette. But the 32T actually makes hills that much easier to get over. Who doesn’t like an easier hill?!

  4. The Wheels: Seriously, the first few times I rode those I felt like I constantly had tailwind. Wether it is because they are stiff and responsive, or light, or the bearings are great, or all of those reasons, I don’t know! But who doesn’t like a good tailwind?!

    • Little story: At one race, I smashed my wheel really, really hard on a curb. After the race, we realized I had banged it so hard that the carbon rim cracked a little bit. The wonderful thing is that the wheel stayed straight as an arrow and never weakened, which allowed me to finish the race without even realizing something had happened to the wheel, and therefore, take the win. That day, I realized I can really have confidence in my wheels, which is such a great feeling! I broke wheels before, and trust me, I realized it ;)

  5. Tires: They are supple and very resistant. Challenge Tires also makes many tread options, which makes it easy to find the perfect tread for every condition. Also, I still haven’t flatted all season, even if I tend to hit the rim pretty hard at times…(fingers crossed I didn’t just jinx myself!)

    • Little story: That day when I broke my wheel in the race, my tire did not lose one single psi…if that is not “tough” I don’t know what it is! It sure gives me confidence that if I push my limits in races, the tires will have my back.

  6. Power Meter: I like to train with power. And although I know that having the best power doesn’t mean you will win races, and that going harder doesn’t always mean faster, I still think a power meter is a great tool to measure progress in a very accurate and honest way. This year, I chose to put the Quarq D-Zero power meter (by SRAM) even on my race bikes, because it doesn’t even add weight to the bike (579g vs 679g for the SRAM Force 1 crank) and I can collect the data.

    • Something cool: You can change the chain ring without un-calibrating the power meter.

    • Something cooler: However, if you really want to make sure it is properly calibrate, you only have to back-pedal 5 times to re-calibrate it. That feature just added a week to my life with all the time saved by this calibration system!

The “Deets”

  1. Specialized is big with the details. They pay attention to every small details, which add up to make a difference when the bike is completed. Everything they make has been developed by highly skilled engineers with feedback from riders and that gives me a lot of confidence and trust in the products. But they go one step further, adding cool details hidden here and there. I’ve heard that in the design world, those are called “easter eggs”. I love easter eggs…

  2. Another detail I like is the little “lock pin” on the SRAM derailleur. I sometimes struggle putting the rear wheel back on, but this locks the derailleur in place, out of the way, and takes off the tension on the chain, making the job way easier!

This little rubber piece covers the seat post adjustment bolt, keeping it dry and clean at all times. It also looks great with that little logo, doesn’t it?

This little rubber piece covers the seat post adjustment bolt, keeping it dry and clean at all times. It also looks great with that little logo, doesn’t it?

That paint job… But also, look at the bolts!! (see below for a close up!)

That paint job… But also, look at the bolts!! (see below for a close up!)

Look at those bottle cage bolts :)

Look at those bottle cage bolts :)

The lock pin.

The lock pin.

When the lock-pin is on, there is no more tension in the chain. A quick tap on the derailleur will put it back in place.

When the lock-pin is on, there is no more tension in the chain. A quick tap on the derailleur will put it back in place.

What the mechanic likes

How the bike feels when riding is one thing. But how easy it is to work on is another thing. Here are some of David’s favorite things about the bike.

  1. The standards: The bike has all the industry standard specifications. 12mm axles, regular 27.2mm seatpost, BB30 bottom bracket. This makes it very easy to work on and makes the integration with Sram Force 1 perfect. It’s also a good thing if you travel a lot and might need to find replacement part at the very last moment. 

  2. The cables: The internal cable routing is very, very well done. Cables and housing slide in and out of the frame very easily without having to guide them with all sorts of magical tricks. They also come in and out of the frame at perfect spots, so no tight curves or weird cable loops! 

  3. Tires and Wheels: The Challenge tubular / Roval wheel combo is amazing. The wheels turn forever, they stay straight even after the strongest of hit. The tubulars are very flexible, the wheels a little wider then other industry leading brand it makes it VERY easy to mount tubulars on without making a mess. Even setting the tubular straight is an easier job on these wheels. With the Team Edition tubular, you don’t even have to seal the sidewalls! 

  4. Clincher wheels: The clincher wheels we use for training (C38 Disc) will mount most tires tubeless without the need of a compressor, which is a big plus for me. 

  5. Zipp Components: The Zipp components are light, stiff & have some very clear position guidelines. It’s much easier to setup the three bikes exactly the same when the components have lines/degrees/position markers on them. 

  6. The paint: Last but not least, even if the colour of the bike is bright and light, the paint is strong and cleans very easily. Even after a whole lot of muddy races, the bikes still look new!

Zipp components, K-Edge mount, and the star sticker! I have that star on every bike. It is a reminder from David that it is okay to shine!

Zipp components, K-Edge mount, and the star sticker! I have that star on every bike. It is a reminder from David that it is okay to shine!

I have 3 cyclocross bikes. We do a lot of bike exchanges to make sure the fit is the same on all of them!

I have 3 cyclocross bikes. We do a lot of bike exchanges to make sure the fit is the same on all of them!

The S-Works Power saddle may be the most comfortable saddle I have ever owned. It allows me to shift my pelvis when I go hard and I feel like this gives me more power without putting pressure on the ladies’ parts!

The S-Works Power saddle may be the most comfortable saddle I have ever owned. It allows me to shift my pelvis when I go hard and I feel like this gives me more power without putting pressure on the ladies’ parts!

38T chainring mounted on the Quarq D-Zero power meter. We change the chain ring fairly often and it is very easy to do with the power meter, only a few bolts!

38T chainring mounted on the Quarq D-Zero power meter. We change the chain ring fairly often and it is very easy to do with the power meter, only a few bolts!

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I have 2 types of wheels. The Roval CLX50 and the CLX32. We mounted the fast tires (Dune, Chicane) on the CLX50 and the muddy tires (Baby Limus, Limus) on the CLX32.

I have 2 types of wheels. The Roval CLX50 and the CLX32. We mounted the fast tires (Dune, Chicane) on the CLX50 and the muddy tires (Baby Limus, Limus) on the CLX32.

Balancing the bike for the photoshoot…Okay, now you know it wasn’t magically floating.

Balancing the bike for the photoshoot…Okay, now you know it wasn’t magically floating.

One more full-bike picture, because I think it looks great! Especially with the fall colours in the background :)

One more full-bike picture, because I think it looks great! Especially with the fall colours in the background :)