Being a competitive cyclist is all in the mind of the beholder. I’ll start off by saying I am by no means a competitive cyclist in the traditional sense of the word. I do not compete in any races or events; I rarely even ride with a group however; I do always compete against my own times every time I go out for a ride. You know what I am talking about, when you are on those familiar routes and your Strava shows you the KOM leader, your best time, and something in your head and legs tells you, I can push harder, I can beat this guy, then realize well maybe I can at least just beat myself. It’s the competitive cyclist in you that pushes you harder on those segments, pushing yourself to beat your last time, and maybe, just maybe eventually you will own that KOM by the end of the season.
I am fortunate to work at The Racery, welling high end pro tested used bikes as well as new ones that we get to test. We sell the high-end names, allowing me to ride bikes that don’t fit my budget. Big names like Pinarello, Colnago, Specialized, Cervelo you know these brands, and at starting pricing in the thousands of dollars, a lot of them cost as much as a car. For the competitive cyclist, a lot of us have bikes that cost more than our cars. I have been riding an Orbea Orca for several years, this year I was fortunate to be able to upgrade to a Colnago C60. First off I must say what a beautiful bike, with a frame weighing in at 1.8 pounds, and total weight at just under 15 pounds the way I had it built out, stiffness that takes advantage of all your effort at almost no energy loss, well what can I say, I got faster just getting on it. After a first ride out equipped with SRAM eTap, and HED Ardenne Black wheels I set new times on a lot of the normal routes I ride. It was fast but I wanted to go faster, the competitive cyclist in me said this isn’t fast enough. You know that rush those car guys get when taking out that new Ferrari on the road? The corners seem not to exist, and exit ramps are just another road to take at faster speeds. I am one of those competitive cyclists, who likes to know the bike can handle whatever I can test it at, know it can take anything, even though I don’t have what it takes to test it to the max, but hey maybe one day I will, my Colnago C60 will perform. Aesthetics is a big deal to me, and I am a competitive cyclist in the that sense as well, I have the look as much as the speed, and I love the look of a deep-dish wheel. I have been riding Mavic Cosmic wheels for several years and their thin profile and light weight has been a favorite. The Racery is a HED Wheels dealer and that allowed me to upgrade to a set of Jet Black 4 Deep Dish wheels, wow was I blown away. This Colnago C60 went from fast to faster, from taking curves to owning curves, it was another level I have never felt before, those personal records I had set earlier in the week were toast, not by just a few seconds but by 10’s of seconds. Yea, being a competitive cyclist is all in my head, cause that elusive KOM still hasn’t come into reach but it’s a lot closer than it ever has been before. For all of you out there looking to go faster, and be a competitive cyclist, in real life or just in your own mind, I highly recommend the Colnago C60 and HED Jet Wheels for your upgrade consideration.