New frame ordered - Guess what it is

by Raleigh   December 18, 2012  

I just ordered a new frame, if you can guess what it is, I'll give you a Christmas present. Here's a clue: Its a British based company. Intriguing Plain Face

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Hmm, the picture thingy aint workin

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1730 posts]
18th December 2012 - 22:31

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(And Super Domestique - NOPE NOPE)

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1730 posts]
18th December 2012 - 22:32

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What the British cycling team used but the name escapes me!

posted by Super Domestique [1600 posts]
18th December 2012 - 22:33

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Raleigh wrote:
(And Super Domestique - NOPE NOPE)

I just am a big kid who loves games like this

posted by Super Domestique [1600 posts]
18th December 2012 - 22:34

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Ok Spesh - what can be more UK than that? Most homes have 1! Lol

Dolan

posted by Super Domestique [1600 posts]
18th December 2012 - 22:41

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SAB?

Now British I believe.

posted by AWP [76 posts]
18th December 2012 - 22:45

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Orange?

On the note, is it road? If mtb that opens things up.

On one 456 carbon

posted by Super Domestique [1600 posts]
18th December 2012 - 22:57

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Definitely road, keep it going. I'll give you a little longer.

I don't want to give you any more clues, you've run through a comprehensive list of british based carbon road frame producers.

Erm.

In a review I read, it was compared to a Cervelo R3.

Smile

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1730 posts]
18th December 2012 - 23:14

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SwiftCarbon?

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posted by David Arthur [1551 posts]
18th December 2012 - 23:33

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Holdsworth?

posted by russyparkin [579 posts]
18th December 2012 - 23:42

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Nein

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1730 posts]
18th December 2012 - 23:43

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Phian

Ah! Condor

posted by Bedfordshire Clanger [312 posts]
19th December 2012 - 0:12

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VO2

Ah! Condor

posted by Bedfordshire Clanger [312 posts]
19th December 2012 - 0:14

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Yay! Finally got it!

I'll try and find a little prezzie, although it will be small as you had two guesses.

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1730 posts]
19th December 2012 - 8:48

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Never heard of them! (Phian or VO2 that is, but which is it?)

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3198 posts]
19th December 2012 - 10:43

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Yes, which one is it?
I was beginning to wonder if you knew something we didn't and that Cervelo had secretly moved to Barnsley.

Ah! Condor

posted by Bedfordshire Clanger [312 posts]
19th December 2012 - 10:54

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Vo2!

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1730 posts]
19th December 2012 - 12:21

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Congrats.

Gutted btw, not that I didn't guess it but that no one laughed at my spesh joke Wink

posted by Super Domestique [1600 posts]
19th December 2012 - 12:27

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That's nothing, there was a lion and a witch in my wardrobe this morning. I asked what they were doing there, and they told me "Narnia business!"

The cheek!

(None of your business... etc)

I'll get my coat.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3198 posts]
19th December 2012 - 12:38

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Try searching for reviews of those bikes without drowning in stuff about ramp tests and oxygen uptake...

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3198 posts]
19th December 2012 - 12:56

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I can't get the photos to upload, so here's a link.

Should be with me in 4 weeks or so.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/aldephotographer/8288523910/in/photostream

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1730 posts]
19th December 2012 - 18:18

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Looks good.
Is that the colour you are getting?

I love orange and black.

posted by Super Domestique [1600 posts]
19th December 2012 - 18:26

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Yep, Vo2 Development Team colours!

But that's another story... Big Grin

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1730 posts]
19th December 2012 - 19:19

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Fess up then! Have you got signed to a dev team or something?

Looks stunning. Add matching 50mm rims and that'll look smashing.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3198 posts]
20th December 2012 - 0:29

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Yep, in 2013 I'll be riding for the Vo2 Development Team.

So Excited, this is probably THE best thing that has happened in my cycling journey so far.

I've also got team kit in the post, including a rather fetching black and orange skinsuit.

I'm kitting out the frame with Sram Force, 3T finishing kit, and a PX saddle and AL30's.

Although I'm sure a set of race wheels will be down the line.

Big Grin Big Grin

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1730 posts]
20th December 2012 - 0:44

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Congratulations!

Tell us more.

How did you get picked up by VO2 and what will you be doing with them next year?

Ah! Condor

posted by Bedfordshire Clanger [312 posts]
20th December 2012 - 11:51

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Crikey, that's exciting! Dave/Tony/Simon, there's a story here!

So come on then, what's your team role, and you you have any individual season goals?

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3198 posts]
20th December 2012 - 12:01

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Well...

I'd seen them racing at Hillingdon earlier this year, looking spick and span in matching team kit etc. So, I contacted them to ask whether there would be a new rider intake for 2013 in October, and on provision of my 2012 season's racing results, I was invited to Newport Velodrome to undergo a selection process.

The invitees were watched on the track, mainly on technical ability, but also on stamina and speed, before an interview. They'd asked us to bring another copy of our Cycling 'CV's,' so I made a real effort to make mine look nice, with photos, a personal statement outlining my goals and why I thought I'd suit the Vo2 development team. Nattily, I'd thought to print out two copies and put them in plastic folders, and gave one each to the two interviewers. If that didn't get me in I don't know what would. (!)

Later that week, I got the fantastic news that I'd been accepted, and would be riding with the team in 2013.

We had a road session down in Kent, where I was surprisingly strong, especially when we were asked to test ourselves on a hill. We had one more session in Newport, just to build up technical skills like riding shoulder to shoulder and in very tight formation, before breaking up again for the holidays.

We've got a few more sessions scheduled, including one more at the track, before the Team Launch at the Vo2 Sportive, which looks like its going to be a fantastic event, again in Kent.

We have little seminars after the road sessions, and in that first one, we talked about how to train effectively, how to taper for a big event, and goal setting. The team's main race is the Junior Tour of Wales (JToW), in which they take a selection of u18's over to the four day stage race and look after them as a pro team would. Massages, team bus, feed stops and kit preparation are all de rigeur.

That has become a real goal for me, although I'm going to have to put a lot of work in, building on all the miles I have put in since my season started on October 1st.

The team roles are assigned leading up to races, but it seems like for the first part at least, mine will be to 'screw up' the first part of the races, to set up the more experienced u23's. Presumably, after I have screwed up enough races, I will have a chance to have a go myself, with other people screwing them up for me.

I don't want a news story to be made about it just yet, but I'd gladly to a little series of Blog Posts throughout the year just to talk about what training I'm doing and how races go.

**Excited**

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1730 posts]
20th December 2012 - 13:25

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Congrat's and I hope you have every success at the new team mate. Cool

posted by Super Domestique [1600 posts]
20th December 2012 - 13:27

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Not surprised you're excited, that sounds awesome!

LOL at getting good at screwing up...

In all seriousness, I think you're right not to underestimate the value of presenting your CV properly and making an effort with the little things. I'm sure they see a lot of fast riders who don't think/bother to look and act professionally.

Congratulations!

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3198 posts]
20th December 2012 - 14:24

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