Written by Ben Price
In May I raced in the European Elite Middle Distance Duathlon Championships at Powerman Denmark, placing 8th with my strongest bike leg ever playing a significant part of this.
Before the race, I had been sent some UFO Drip – the world’s fastest chain coating – and whether it transformed my bike pace or not, it certainly didn’t do any harm! After the race, the lovely people at CeramicSpeed asked me whether I had a race-specific chain for race days. I said, ‘no’. They said, ‘why not?’. I said, ‘I’m not sure. I suppose it makes total sense!’.
With quick link chains it’s easy to transfer chains so why not have one uber fast chain just for those important races? Well, to my delight, Ceramic Speed recently sent me a CeramicSpeed Racing Chain which I put on my Trek Speed Concept 2 ahead of last Sunday’s 25 mile TT.
The most obvious thing about the chain is that it is wax and teflon coated so looks dry and well, white and waxy. According to CeramicSpeed, the chain is extremely low friction and worth between 2–5 watts against other racing chains in the market. I’ll take every little gain I can!
Anyway, it sounded lovely as I warmed up for the TT and purred along during the 25 miles of pain as I smashed myself into the ground. After 10 miles or so I knew I was on for a serious PB and was spurred on to keep pushing.
In the end, I crossed the line in 52.26 (average speed of 46.1kmh). Although the conditions were great and the R25/3H is a rapid course, this was a significant PB for me and I was elated. Of course, I cannot say that the chain was the difference but it certainly did not inhibit my race and it is great knowing that you have optimised that particular aspect of your performance. We are always looking for those extra watts so why not get the fastest chain you can?!
The chain is now off the bike and hanging in the turbo shed (my Suffershed) ready and waiting for the next high-speed outing!
You can follow Ben’s duathlon journey through his posts on Instagram @benpriceduathlon