Well it's been a long journey, but we've made it. From nearly 6,000 entries we've whittled down the list and arrived at just one. Juliet Elliot is the winner of our Trek Project One Competition, and her design will be made into a proper real Trek Series 4 bike.
In the end Juliet rather ran away with it, nearly hitting 2,000 votes, more than 800 in front of next-placed Simon Brown. So it's a pink, lime green and cyan colour scheme that Trek will be sending to the paint shop. The final counts are shown at the bottom of this story.
Here's Juliet's winning entry
To say Juliet’s thrilled would be an understatement. When we emailled her the good news, she replied:
“I kid you not, I was excited about the competition from the minute I entered it; I’ve ridden a Trek Domane before and really, really loved it and even the possibility of owning a bike in those colours made me squeal! I picked the colours right away, then I spent a while tinkering around with components so that I could get that wheel set in under budget.
“After I sent off the design, I kept thinking about it longingly and when voting opened, honest-to-god, I actually couldn’t sleep I was so overexcited!
“To actually win…. to win this? AAAAARRRRRRRRGH! WHAT? Is this really going to happen? I’m going to get to ride it? No WAY!!
“I can’t stop smiling, thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone that voted, particularly everyone at Mid Devon CC who were as excited about the whole thing as me. I’ll let you all have a go on it!”
We'll be following up to see the bike in the flesh, so stay tuned for that. And thanks to everyone that entered! There'll be plenty more stuff to win on road.cc in the coming months...
The final count
Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.
Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.
The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.