It is official... i am super pleased to say that i will be supported by GENESIS Bikes for 2009 in whatever stupid endeavours i can get myself involved in...in fact thats exactly what they want from me.
The deal is this... i get the bikes, the kit, the spares and emails of kind words telling me how much they love me and in return i have to put their bikes in the stupidest places that i can imagine... this year although racing endurance events is still near the top of my list the priority for me is to long distance, big days in the saddle, nights in the bivvi/tent and visiting as many new places as i can manage/afford...
I have a new found desire to find out how far i can take my cycling.. racing i am still keen to get involved with as the 12/24 hour scene has some great characters and on the whole n excellent atmosphere amongst the solo boys.. but my new found passion is big days riding.. i wanna extend this into big weekends riding with the aid of bivvi/tent and camping equipment.. then mid way through this year i am to venture into the land of trekking/wilderness mountain biking cutting my teeth with a 2 week solo venture into central asia.
As shown in previous posts the first new addition to the bike collection and my race bike for this year will be the excellent Altitude... ti framed.. soon to have 100mm travel front end.. amazing xt disc brakes ( these are hard to beat).. this bike is a blast and has already seen some quality saddle time..
The second bike is a singlespeed.. IO... i am a big fan of singlespeed riding.. in winter i think for most people who ride as much as i do on a budget its the only affordable means of doing it... they are so low maintenance.. great for building your base fitness and really help you pedal well.. this bike i will race when the course is flat or crazy muddy... it will also be the back up bike just in case all goes wrong with my ti..
.. the stock bike has already been treated to carbon rigids and some low rise riser bars and i'm looking forward to Hit the North 1.5 to ride it in anger.
This leave the small issue of renaming my blog... its hardly a shoestring affair anymore.. i will give it some thought over the next week... any suggestions helpful.
Big thanks to James Olsen @ Genesis bikes for putting this great deal together and giving me the opportunity to push my riding further this year... i have big plans.. big ambitions... its gonna be a good year.