Sunday, August 12, 2007

Belgian Bike Porn Episode 1: Predictor Lotto Continental Dynatek


This bike was ridden by a young pro riding for the Predictor Lotto continental team. I was speaking to him for a short time and learnt that he was a track endurance rider who raced the kermises for training purposes. Apparently I'm not the only person who finds kermise racing a bit of a headache, he told me he much prefers track racing, kermises qre too stressful. When I told him I was from Melbourne he said he had been there to the junior world championships which was pretty cool.

Anyway, Belgian, pro-cyclist and a really nice guy- somewhat of a rare combination.

This photo was taken at the Lokeren fest last Wednesday, my last and best race in Belgian. I only finished 30 somethingth, but it could have been 20-26th if I hadn't have hesitated when my team mate Darren Young went up the road. Ah well what could have been!

Some interesting features on the bike include the srm cranks, full carbon dynatek frame, ubiquitous concor light saddle, and full campy record groupset. The large amount of carbon in the finishing kit is pretty rare for Belgium where the locals seem to prefer aluminium bars, stems and even seat posts.

The rider was telling me he loved how the bike rode, but didn't like the fluro euro trash colour scheme. Personally I thought the colour scheme was sweet, but it didn't really match the teams colours which were sunflower yellow and black.

5 Comments:

Blogger C-MAC said...

Way too much housing on the rear brake. Not a smooth curve at all. Fire the team mechanic.

SRM is neat though (although apparently unnecessary according to Tim "all the pros ride aluminum, weight train and eat steak for breakfast" Watson).

11:31 PM  
Blogger timboy said...

I'm just saying that power training is gay that's all!

It's time to put a bit more heart into cycling, and a little less science/medicine/drugs/money.

Thats all

It's a sport, not a science project.

It's meant to be fun

De Vlaemeck ate steak for breakfast and did weights

nothing wrong with that at all

12:13 AM  
Blogger C-MAC said...

We are like the odd couple Timbo. But I love you dearly.

1:34 AM  
Blogger timboy said...

Good pickup on the rear brake housing.

Just goes to show that pedantic people think power training is tops.

4:17 PM  
Blogger C-MAC said...

I don't know how you meant it, but I take being called pedantic as a compliment. Can you go back to Belgium and take a photo of the bike from the other side? I'm concerned there may be too much cable at the rear derailleur too.

11:07 PM  

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