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Trek Project One competition - we have a winner!

The votes are in and verified, and someone's in the pink.....

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 in the coming months...

The final count

Juliet Elliott 1966
Simon Brown 1124
Ed Greenough 981
Graham Dodgson 763
Graham Watters 695
Lee Watts 617
George Ince 591
Michael Downes 575
Alice Carter 421
Jamie Watkins 398
Brendan Thurlow 365
Andy Whitaker 321
Gareth Matthews 313
Stuart Knipe 313
Darren Collard 306
Ben Towell 276
James Nohl 250
Alex Gidley 243
Lee Griffin 241
matt simon 219
Mark Campion 216
Simon Hayes 191
Todd Dembrey 173
Richard Moss 159


John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for Along with founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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