Transition at the Abu Dhabi Triathlon was stocked with amazing bikes. Here’s what some of the pros were riding.
The Abu Dhabi International Triathlon isn’t just a glamorous race in terms of location, it’s rich with bikes to drool at too. In the pro fields of both the long and short course races there was an embarassment of fantastic bike to ogle, with the two most popular models being the Cervelo P5 and the Specialized S-Works Shiv. Read on to find out what this small selection of pros were riding through the heat in Abu Dhabi.
Australia’s Melissa Hauschildt won the Abu Dhabi Triathlon long course race on one of the many stunning Specialized S-Works Shivs that were racked in transition. Complete with a Zipp 808 front wheel and Zipp disc on the back, Hauschildt’s Shiv looks like it means business in its black, white and red livery. Bar-mounted bottles certainly appear to be in fashion with the pros at the moment too, though Hauschildt opted for a regular bottle on the seat tube to make swapping bottles at aid stations easier, while she also got the benefit of the internal drinks bladder on the Shiv’s tri-specific version.
The race’s male winner, Frederik Van Lierde of Belgium, was sporting the other most popular bike in transition, the Cervelo P5. Van Lierde has specced his Canadian speed machine with a Mavic Comete disc on the back and an 80mm Mavic Cosmic Carbone on the front. Van Lierde has also gone for between-the-arms hydration as well as another bottle on the downtube and an X-lab rear mounted bottle in addition to the aero food storage pouch on the top of the top tube. The bars are 3T’s Aduro, designed specifically for the Cervelo P5, which Van Lierde has mounted aggressively low, and feature Di2 electronic shifting and Magura’s RT88 hydraulic brakes.
Second on the day, Spain’s Eneko Llanos rides this stealthy-looking BH Aerolight with HED bars and wheels, also opting for an 80mm front/disc rear combination and Di2. Notice how the stem is integrated nicely into the top tube to be as aero as possible, while there are also bosses on top for mounting a gel box. He’s also using a Cobb V Flow Max saddle to keep things comfy.
Scottish star Fraser Cartmell was aboard his Trek Speed Concept in Abu Dhabi, which is decked out in Trek/K-Swiss Team colours courtesy of Trek’s Project One custom options. The bike has an integrated fork with a hidden aero brake and also features Campagnolo Super Record gearing. Wheels come from Bontrager, Trek’s component arm. Cartmell has gone for the Aeolus 9, 90mm wheel up front with – you guessed it – a disc on the back. Rather than a standard bottle between the arms, Cartmell has opted for an aero bottle with straw as well as an aero bottle on the downtube.
Our very own Phil Graves has a really interesting bike set-up, eschewing the full TT bike in favour of an aero road machine in the form of the Cervelo S5. Graves has removed the usual drop bars and replaced them with an aero cockpit from Profile Design, complete with matching bottle. Transmission is Dura Ace with the classic bar end shifters rather than Di2. Wheels are an unspecified deep section on the front with a disc on the tail end.
Yet another Cervelo P5, Steffen, who placed second in the women’s race, also rides the Canadian manufacturer’s top-end bike. Her component choice and set-up is mirrored by her partner David Dellow of Australia and is comprised almost entirely of Campagnolo gear, so no Magura hydraulics in sight. Steffen is also riding on the UCI-legal version of the bike, which has a less aggressively aerodynamic fork and no aero cover over the brakes. Interestingly, Steffen went without a disc on the back, choosing a pair of 50mm Bora Ultra wheels instead. The Swiss Miss is also taking care of ride comfort via the Cobb V Flow Max saddle, which she probably needs judging by the incredibly low, aero bar set-up that would have many age-groupers wincing! It also looks like she has some Vittoria Pit Stop tyre silicone on board too.
Jordan’s only major triathlete, Lawrence Fanous, resides in the UK and rides a British Brand. This was Fanous’ first race on the Moda Interval TT bike (he’s usually a draft-legal racer), which features a gorgeous paint job, SRAM transmission and matching American Classic Carbon 58mm clinchers with an alu brake surface. It’s not a brand we see a lot of just yet, but it’s certainly a sexy-looking machine.
Olympic distance specialist, Alexander Bryukhankov of Russia, didn’t arrive with a box fresh bike, but rode his usual ITU legal machine to a creditable third place. The Russian powerhouse’s Cinelli Strato has an SRM power meter on the cranks and tiny ControlTech extensions on the bars. Wheels are Profile Design’s Altair 80mm deep sections and like Fanous and Steffen, there’s no disc.
Daniel Halksworth, 2012 Ironman UK winner, rides a – still popular – Cervelo P3, which has seen plenty of use. Zipp 808s are on wheel duty, joined by a Campagnolo gear set-up and 3T bars topped with the excellent Speedfil A2 drinks system at the front. Extra bottle capacity comes from a simple downtube cage, but there’s no behind-the-seat storage.
Just visible behind is Bart Aernouts’ BMC Time Machine, which is fully Di2 equipped and features 90mm Easton EA90 TT tubular wheels.
Paul Ambrose was aboard a Shimano-specced Bianchi Crono with Zipp 808 wheels. The Bianchi has super-slim seat stays and a thin top tube in addition to the usual wheel-hugging seat tube. Ambrose also chose to use regular bottles between the arms and downtube.
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