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Saturday, 12 October 2013

Germain Burton Graduates to the Olympic Academy Program

Back in February, Olympic Development Program (GB Junior Squad) rider Germain Burton came to us after having most of his winter training destroyed with knee pain. You can read the blog about what we did HERE and his return trip to dial his TT position HERE.

Germain's season has had many ups and a few downs. After we got his knee problem sorted, he took a stage victory in the Junior Peace Race, part of the Junior Nations Cup, in the Czech Republic. 

He also represented Great Britain at the Junior World Championships in both the Team Pursuit (finishing 4th after doing monster 2 lap turns) as well as the Scratch Race. Unfortunately, Germain got taken down in the Scratch Race qualifiers and didn't make it to the final (where there are ups, there are often some downs). However, despite having a winter with consistent knee pain, we're really please to hear that following his trip to Bespoke, Germain had an injury free season.

Germain's hard work and consistent riding have paid off though as he has recently received the news that he will be one of only four riders who will graduated to the Olympic Academy Program (GB Under 23 Squad).
Before he headed up to Manchester to live the life of a full time professional rider under the tutelage of the best programme in the sport; Germain returned to Bespoke to get a second set of footbeds made and some cleats aligned on his new shoes.

Everyone here at Bespoke would like to congratulate Germain on this great achievement and wish him the best of luck for the coming 2014 season with the GB Squad.

Germain Burton, remember the name, you'll be seeing a lot more of him in the future.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Just arrived - Specialized Evade helmet

The new S-Works Evade helmet is now in stock. As seen winning stages on the head of a certain Mr Cavendish, amongst others, this is Specialized's newest and most innovative aero lid.

With much better ventilation than a traditional aero helmet, and less weight, we're sure this will be a huge success (it's also much closer in looks to a conventional road helmet, without the elongated tail of most aero models).

Yours for just £160 - not bad for cutting-edge technology, and the same price as the S-Works Prevail, giving you the choice of ultra-lightweight or super-aero. The white colourway (below) is in stock now, with more options coming later in the year:

Read more about the Evade here on the Specialized website.

New Trek Speed Concept 9 is here

The new top-of-the-range 9 series Trek Speed Concept is here, and yet again Trek have managed to take things up a notch, with even more clever aero features. We couldn't resist getting it into the photo studio:

The full-foil shape of the fork is incredibly aero, and the front brake is completely integrated to help reduce drag.

The new Speed Fin, mounted under the bottom bracket, increases the aero profile and improves braking performance as well as improving aerodynamics.

The latest one-piece bars are integrated into the frame, for an incredibly sleek profile, and are also very practical (and quite something to look at!).

Tube shapes have been further refined this year to make this the slipperiest, speediest Speed Concept yet (for example the bulge here at the junction of seat tube and top tube). Plus the Speed Storage box is back, providing useful space for stowing spares or food, and the bike is actually more aero with it fitted than without.
Available now, in off-the-peg or custom Project One configuration.

A Pyrennean Parlee profusion

What a fantastic sight! A lineup of nine Parlees at the recent Cent Cols Challenge in the Pyrennees. That's nearly a third of riders choosing to take their trusty Parlees on this epic adventure - a real testament to their quality and reliability.