I put the final touches on my Olympic race bike today. I’ve been riding its twin that will also come to London for the last week or so, but wanted to keep the race ride as fresh as possible. We leave for London in 10 days!! Its so incredibly exciting to be this close and I’m jumping at the bit now that some of my buddies are already over there and posting pictures of the village and venues. Training has been great, spirits are high and I am definitely riding on some Olympic hype! The Nike gear is coming in, we were fitted for our uniforms a few days ago, and I’ve got someone really special painting my Olympic helmet right now. So… without further ado meet my London race rides
There’s a few bells and whistles on this bike, making it special and unique for this race. The first being the frame itself, American theme paint job with hand laid stars and a special number “1460″ on the top tube. This was a sentimental surprise thought of by the owner at VSI… 1460 representing roughly the number of days I had to wait from the last gate drop in Beijing to the first in London. For those that know or have heard my Beijing story can only imagine what it feels like for me to be on the team this time, so it was really special to me that they thought of that. Also some anodized gold cranks which they did for all VSI Olympians. Before someone calls me out on it, by no means is it a statement that I’m arrogant enough to call out a gold medal before I even get to London. Do I think I am capable of it? Absolutely, but so are the other 15 girls joining me there. For me the gold is representative of my goals, what I have been working for, and how golden this whole experience is. I added a few other gold parts to complement the cranks so that everything ties in.
Ever since I was a little girl my dad has built my race wheels for me. I don’t think I’ve ever had a bike that didn’t have wheels that passed through his hands. I kind of feel like he’s out there with me every time I hit the track, a bit cheesy but whatever. Im a daddy’s girl. For my London bikes he used special bladed spokes with locking nipples and included some messages for good luck.
A new addition to these bikes are some ceramic bearings. Not cutting any corners for the biggest race of my career. Ceramic bearings offer the least amount of resistance and keep my cranks rolling smooth and fast.
Heres a complete parts breakdown:
Frame: Intense Podium Pro
Fork: Sinz 20mil
Bars: S&M T4 Race
Stem: Profile Acoustic 53mm
Grips: ODI Lock on Patriot
Cranks: Sinz XXX Anodized 175mm
Pedals: Crank Bros Mallets
Bottom Bracket: Hawk Ceramic
Chainring: Rennen 46t
Chain: SRAM PC-1
Hubs: Profile Elite (rear) Sinz 20mil (Front)
Rear Cog: 17t
Rims: Sinz 1.75
Tires: Intense Hustler 1.75
Seat Post: Thompson
Seat: THE Mini
Seat Clamp: Sinz
The bikes have names and a few other sentimental tidbits, but I’m keeping those to myself for the time being. A HUGE thanks to everyone who helped me get it together (Because of Olympic sponsorship Blackout restrictions I can’t specifically name and thank those companies right now but there will be plenty of time for that after London). I dare you to tell me thats not a sexy bike…
Last full week of training before we head over the pond. Bring it!!