A big thanks to them all.
I have been very fortunate to have Ridley Bikes Australasia let me be an ambassador for 2016/17 racing season and beyond. I will be racing on the beautiful Ridley Dean FAST which is a bike that lives up to its name. Ridley has demonstrated the quality of their bikes on countless international stages including Grand Tours, Olympics and Triathlon. They have shown they have the know how to make a bike that both looks great and goes quickly. Very quickly. Saying that I am super excited to be racing this bike is a mild understatement.
Can't make it to a Swim Smooth squad? No problems, now there is the Swim Smooth App. This thing would have to be about the best investment you could make in your swimming. With the App Swim Smooth have basically taken Paul's brain and digitised it. This thing contains a ridiculous amount of information. Training plans, sessions (100s of them), drills, faults finders, videos, it really is massive. If you know you want to improve, but don't know how and don't have somebody to show you then this App is about all you need. Even though I have access to the squad, I find the I use the App regularly when I just want to have a swim by myself, or when I have a particular issue I want to work on. But don't take my word for it, there is a 48 hour free trial period available, so you might as well check it out. I promise you that it is impressive. A link can be found in the menu on the left of the screen.
I am very excited to say that for 2016 I will be racing in a Mako B-First wetsuit, as well and training with Mako bathers and goggles. The B-First is a great example of a well thought out wetsuit that is full of triathlon specific features. Flexible neoprene in all the right areas, targeted buoyancy, a reverse zip, cuffs that slip over your hands and feet easily, the list goes on. Clearly a suit designed by people who know what triathletes need. For that reason I can't wait to get racing in it.
I have just started using a brand of wheel called Caden and there are a few very good reasons why I made the change.
Firstly these wheels are designed in Australia. I say designed since the actual manufacture of the rims takes place in Taiwan. However, everything else, the design, the production of the molds, the building of the wheels happens in Australia. That local production was part of the reason I decided to ride these wheels. An Aussie company daring to try and crack it into the tough race wheel market is worth supporting.
However, the other reason I chose these wheels is because they are awesome wheels. Well engineered wide profile rims (28mm wide rim with a 26mm brake track) with a good blunt nosed aerodynamic profile. Stiff and lighter than most competitors (lighter than Zipp), well made, the list goes on. And then the price, all this for around $1300 for a set (yes a set). I couldn't go past that.