Rad Rides

Triathletes of the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay let us in on their cycling weapons of choice for the competition. 

 

Kate Bevilaqua

39, Australia, Pro triathlete

2016 Ultraman World Champion; three-time Ironman Champion, 2010 Ironman Western Australia, 2011 Ironman Korea, 2013 Ironman Louisville; five-time half-Ironman champion, 2016 Ironman 70.3 Bintan, 2014 Ironman 70.3 Busselton, 2013 Albany half- Ironman, 2011 Soma half-Ironman, 2008 Port of Tauranga half-Ironman

Bike of choice:

P150,000 (frame); P310,000 (whole bike) | Unison Bikes

2017 Ceepo Katana

“I am extremely comfortable on it, and love the way it handles technical courses or windy conditions. It is also light and ideal for climbing.  No matter what the day brings, I know I will be ready for it when I am on my Ceepo Katana.”

Benjamin Williams

33, United States, Pro triathlete

Champion, 2014 Strongman All-Japan Triathlon; started Hawaii Triathlon Center Youth Team, a youth triathlon program in Kailua, Hawaii

Bike of choice:

giant-bicycles.com

2016 Giant Trinity Advanced Pro 0

(with HED wheels, a Jet Plus Disc in the rear, and H3 Plus in the front) “The Giant Trinity has done a fantastic job of integrating the front end of the bike. The storage, hydration, and cable routing are all super-clean sans losing adjustability. The bike also has a very comfortable, stiff, and aerodynamic frame. Plus, the Giant Bikes company is like family to me. I am thankful to be a part of it.”

Imke Oelerich

27, Germany, Pro triathlete

1st place, 2012 Ironman 70.3 European Championship (18-24 AG); 4th place, 2016 Foremost Ironman 70.3 Thailand; 1st place, 2016 Escape to Miami Triathlon

Bike of choice:

P205,500 | Specialized Elite Store (Alabang)

Specialized Shiv Expert

“This aerodynamically optimized bike is equipped with a Shimano Ultegra DI2 electronic group set, which allows me to shift between the right gears in both positions on my 3T handlebar. I don’t lose any power by accelerating with a big gear or grabbing my aero bars end shifters to change gears before corners or steep climbs.  I use 53-tooth and 39-tooth Rotor asymmetric chain rings. My bike’s DT Swiss RRC 65 Dicut C wheels were the fastest on last year’s bike course at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. Ceramic bearings also let the bike’s wheels roll even faster. I use Schwalbe One tubeless 23mm tires to avoid any punctures and have the best combination with the 65mm high and 24mm wide rim profile. I also have a big water storage inside the bike’s frame in anticipation of the race’s scorching weather.

Ritchie Nicholls

29, United Kingdom, Pro triathlete

1st place, 2013 Ironman 70.3 European Championship

Bike of choice:

optima.bike

Optima Omega 6800

This bike is very stiff, light, and responsive. I feel comfortable with my position on the bike, which is also very important.

Jenny Rose Guerrero

32, Philippines, Filipino elite  

1st place, 2015 Safeguard Active 5150 Triathlon and 2016 Bellevue Resort 5150 Triathlon

Bike of choice:

scott-sports.com

Scott Addict Team Issue

“It’s very versatile on the flats, and most especially on the climbs. I have used a Scott frameset since 2013 and have not had any major problems, neither during training nor when I’m racing with it. It’s a very durable brand.”


Photos courtesy of FinisherPix, cervelo.com, Jason Hall, Isaak Papadopoulos, Frankfurt, Kid Nilsen “Above the Burn“, Miami, pprteam.com, Ritchie Nicholls, William Lezzer, giant-bicycles.com, Janine Kaye, sportsgatewayph.net, Jamil Buergo, racersportif.com, racycles.com



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