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Pro Bike: Karl Alexander’s Planet X EXO3 TT/Tri

Chasing Outlaw Triathlon success…

The Planet X EXO3 TT/Tri bike of Karl Alexander

2016 saw one of the most exciting finishes of the domestic triathlon season in Nottingham, where after being behind for almost the entire race, defending champion Karl Alexander overtook race leader Simon George in sight of the finish line, to win his second consecutive Outlaw Half Nottingham by just eight seconds. You can read Karl’s report on that race HERE.

Outlaw Half Nottingham 2016: Karl Alexander and Simon George
Outlaw Half Nottingham 2016: Karl Alexander and Simon George

As he told us in a recent interview, Karl is targeting an Outlaw Half “three-peat”on 21st May in Nottingham. He’ll also be racing the Outlaw Half Holkham (2nd July) and full-distance Outlaw (23rd July), hoping to erase the memories of injury-induced DNF’s at both events in 2016.

He’ll have a new bike for 2017 – this Planet X EXO3 TT/Tri – the latest incarnation of their ‘Exocet’ range.

For full details on the bike, scroll through the image gallery above

“I was lucky enough to test ride the prototype of the EXO3 a few years back and provide Planet X with feedback. Since then I’ve been really excited to see and ride the finished bike and I have to say it was well worth the wait. This is a seriously fast bike, even standing still it looks quick!”

Karl Alexander Planet X EXO3 TT / Triathlon Bike
Karl Alexander and EXO3: Coming to an Outlaw Triathlon soon…

For more on the EXO3 range from Planet X, visit: http://www.planetx.co.uk/c/q/bikes/tt-and-triathlon-bikes/exo3

Susie Cheetham's Cervelo P5X

Pro Bike: The Cervélo P5X of Susie Cheetham

The Cervélo P5X of Great Britain’s Susie Cheetham

Ready to race at IRONMAN South Africa on Sunday

In recent years we have twice featured the race bikes of Susie Cheetham (www.susiecheetham.com). In 2014 it was the Orbea Ordu, and a year later it was the Falco V. A Cervélo sponsored rider from 2016, at Sunday’s IRONMAN South Africa Susie will be racing on their renege-topping P5X model, released to much fanfare at Kona in October.

For full details on the bike, scroll through the image gallery above

Susie says of the bike:

“The front end fully adjustable so gives amazing flexibility to get into any position. It’s pretty much a no compromise bike in terms of position and storage. There’s the option to have another storage box on the middle bottle cage (‘Speedcase’, pictured below), but I’ll run without it on race day.

Susie Cheetham's Cervelo P5X

And the final addition being added below…

Susie Cheetham - Cervelo P5X
Husband and Coach (and “bike bitch” – Susie’s words, not mine!), Rob, is applying the finishing touches by installing the CeramicSpeed UFO chain

And the end result…

Susie Cheetham - Cervelo P5X
“Sprinkled with fairy dust!”
Cervelo P5X - everything you need to know
The storage locations on the P5X

For more on the Cervélo P5X, visit these links:

Doug Hall - Charge Cooker Titanium

Pro Bike: Doug Hall’s Charge Cooker Titanium 29er

How do you build a bike for off-road triathlon?

Take a look at what Doug Hall did…

When I posted our last Pro Bike feature on Twitter (the Giant Trinity Advanced Pro 1 of Kimberley Morrison), Great Britain Elite Off-Road athlete, Doug Hall asked “fancy doing an MTB one for the off road fans?” Great idea I thought – and threw the job right back at Doug!

And here were are, with a detailed look at Doug’s Charge Cooker Titanium 29er.

For full details on the bike, scroll through the image gallery above

Away from the Elite circuit for a couple of years, Doug will be back this coming Sunday at XTERRA Malta, the first event of the 2017 XTERRA European Tour.

Aside from something a little different to many of the TT bikes we have previously showcased, Doug’s choice of frame and components is all driven by personal choice, preferences (and budget…), in the absence of current sponsorship commitments.

Given that, how do you build an off-road triathlon bike, and what would you choose? Well, this is what Doug Hall did…

After a few years away from the XTERRA circuit, I’m back on the European Tour for 2017.

Challenging myself to race at a high level whilst holding down full-time employment can be a struggle, but the upside of this (other than resting 9-5), is that I can be picky about my bike tech and just purchase product without having to scrounge about for sponsorship deals like the old days!

Doug Hall Charge Cooker Titanium


Charge Cooker Titanium, 29er obviously. I spent a while searching for one of these. I’m quite particular about bike set up, I like a long reach but a short headtube and the Charge is spot on in the medium size. Whilst I love carbon bikes there is something about a Ti frame. It is super lightweight but offers a bit more flex resulting in a smoother ride and better traction on rough surfaces.

Doug Hall - Charge Cooker TitaniumFork

Rockshox Reba RL, a pretty basic unit but nice and light. It did come standard with a 100mm travel, but that meant the stack height being just that little bit too high. A quick hacksaw and thread tapping job reduced the travel to 95mm, voided the warranty but placated my fussiness.


Shimano XT/XTR. I’ve been a late convert to 11speed on the mountain bike, but after testing it, I simply had to buy it. Crisp precise shifting across a frankly massive 11-42 range cassette, paired with a single 34t ring up front, renders the front derailleur obsolete and cast to the spares bin. Stopping duties are covered by Shimano XT brakes. I’ve found them to be as good as XTR but without the price tag and the constant worry of breaking a £40 carbon lever on a tree!


Stans No Tube Grails. The grails are really meant to be used for cyclocross and gravel duties. Initially I slapped them on the mtb due to a spoke failure on the regular wheels but I found them to be great. Lightweight, wide internal width (bulks out the tyre) and I’m especially fond of these wheels as I hand built them myself onto dependable Hope Pro4 hubs.


Vitorria Mezcal Graphene. Go to any mountain bike event and the pre-race discussion is all about tyre choice. I’m no different, I’m heading out to XTERRA Malta at the end of the month and the dry, rocky conditions require a particular tyre. A quick call to Jon Heasman at Vittoria and I had a new pair of boots for the bike, perfect for going fast and standing up to the abuse they’re likely to receive on the limestone trails. ThEese tyres are the first mountain bike tyre to have the super material graphene in them.

Doug Hall Charge Cooker Titanium

Finishing Kit

Easton carbon bar with Shimano pro Atherton grips, Fizik Gobi sadde atop a Shimano pro post, shimano pedals – I’ve had these for years and they are showing their age, but they just work!”

Doug Hall - Charge Cooker Titanium

Kimberley Morrison's Giant Trinity Advanced Pro 1

Pro Bike: Kimberley Morrison’s Giant Trinity Advanced Pro 1

Is Kimberley Morrison (www.kimberleymorrison.co.uk) Great Britain’s latest female Middle and Long distance über-biker? If so, we are going to be seeing a lot more of her bike for 2017, the Giant Trinity Advanced Pro 1. Let’s take a detailed look at her new ride.

The first ‘Pro Bike’ we featured this year was of Laura Siddall (CEEPO Viper-R). Laura set the fastest bike split at both Challenge Wanaka and IRONMAN New Zealand on her new ride – and Kimberley did the same in her first race of 2017, at IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai, leaving her in the very lofty company of running side-by-side with IRONMAN World Champion Daniela Ryf leaving T2.

On Sunday, Kimberley will be racing at IRONMAN 70.3 Buenos Aires, Argentina – a race she won last year by just nine seconds – and if she is to retain that title again, leaving everyone else behind on the bike will certainly be on he ‘to do’ list…

For full details on the bike, scroll through the image gallery above

Kimberley Morrison on the bike at IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai 2017. Picture credit to Johan Badenhorst
Kimberley Morrison on the bike at IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai 2017. Picture credit to Johan Badenhorst

From the front…

Kimberley Morrison's Giant Trinity Advanced Pro 1

For 2017, Kimberley will be racing for the Leicestershire-based Race Hub Race Team (www.racehub.uk), pictured below at a recent photo shoot at the venue.

Kimberley Morrison and Race Hub
Kimberley Morrison and Race Hub
Laura Siddall's CEEPO Viper R TT

Pro Bike: Laura Siddall’s CEEPO Viper-R

Laura Siddall’s new 2017 race bike: CEEPO Viper-R

Great Britain’s Laura Siddall (www.laurasiddall.com) has been in fine and improving form over the past couple of years.

The former multiple World Age-Group Champion has well an truly made the transition to top performing professional. Less than two weeks ago she came within 28 seconds of victory at Challenge Wanaka after a race-long battle with Yvonne van Vlerken. That was her third consecutive second place at the “world’s most scenic long distance triathlon“.

Much of her success has been down to her speed on two wheels – and for 2017, she’s riding a new steed, this CEEPO Viper-R (www.ceepo.com).

It appears a good match too, Laura riding it to a bike course record in Wanaka by more than nine and a half minutes.

The CEEPO will be back out again on Saturday at IRONMAN New Zealand. And before you think, “that’s not enough time to recover”, last year Laura went even faster in Taupo, finishing a fine fourth, only four minutes adrift of Lucy Gossage.

For full details on the bike, scroll through the image gallery above

Laura Siddall on her CEEPO at Challenge Wanaka 2017 (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
Laura Siddall at Challenge Wanaka 2017 (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

For more information on CEEPO Bikes in the UK, contact:

Velotech Services
26-27 Western Rd
Stratford Upon Avon
CV37 0AH, UK
Tel: 01789 295470

Web: www.velotechservices.co.uk

Technogym MYCYCLING™

Technogym launch MYCYCLING™ Smart Trainer

Technogym MYCYCLING™ launch at Triathlon Show: London

One of the most talked about new products at the Triathlon Show: London 2017 was the new Technogym MYCYCLING™ Smart Trainer.

With a price tag of £1,700 and classy Italian looks to match there was plenty of interest in this new addition to a fast growing sector of the market. We chatted to product manager Paul about the new trainer.

Technogym MYCYCLING™

Here is the official word from Technogym on the launch…

MYCYCLING™: transform your performance

Technogym launches the new indoor training solution for cyclists

Technogym launches MYCYCLING™, the new home training solution that totally transforms your outdoor cycling performance.

MYCYCLING™ combines a hi-tech smart trainer, a native app with personalised programmes, and a network of professional coaches able to guide you and develop a tailor- made training programme for you.

MYCYCLING™ also includes a specific and totally innovative training system dedicated to cyclists – TNT – Technogym Neuromuscular Training™ – that will help you improve your performance every day.

The new TNT system is born of the collaboration between Technogym’s Medical and Scientific Research Centre and the best athletes, coaches, physiologists and sports trainers, and aims to enhance metabolic and neuromuscular characteristics to improve outdoor performance.

The unique combination of elements, developed by Technogym for training using the TNT™ system, is based on:


MYCYCLING™ is designed to offer maximum stability during training, especially when simulating outdoor sprints. The heart of the product is the electro-mechanical brake that controls with acute precision every second you are in the seat. MYCYCLING™ also features a torque sensor able to directly measure your power with a precision tolerance of +/-1%. Optical sensors analyse the thrust at all times, and allow you to visualise the smooth circular pedaling stroke as well as the symmetry between left and right foot. The fly-wheel has been designed to ensure a natural pedaling sensation providing you with the same sense of inertia you feel when pedaling outdoors.


Tests, programmes, personalisation, routes and bio-feedback: all these are part of the MYCYCLING™ App. Place your smartphone on the handlebar support to take control of MYCYCLING™ via Bluetooth and start training. You can also connect the MYCYCLING™ App with your Garmin or Strava accounts to enjoy an overview of your indoor and outdoor training data and drive yourself towards increasingly higher performance levels.

Thanks to the MYCYCLING™ App you will be able to ride along some of the world’s most iconic cycling routes such as Passo dello Stelvio, Col de l’Alpe d’Huez and many others. Don’t just ride on your own: the App technology will allow you to engage in challenging competitions with other MYCYCLING™ users.


With MYCYCLING™ you will discover a range of personalised training programmes which will greatly enhance your performance thanks to TNT – Technogym Neuromuscular Training™. TNT starts with a preliminary test to determine your anaerobic power and cadence thresholds via 2 tests carried out indoors: the Technogym Maximal Test and the FTP (Functional Threshold Power) test. The results will dictate your 18 week personalised training plan, which will be made up of 3 phases, each lasting 6 weeks: preparation, development and transition. You can start from the first phase and follow the entire programme or begin from a later phase, ideally integrating it with outdoor, long-distance, weekly sessions. The TNT™ programme consists of 40-70 minute training sessions, constantly changing the cadence and power levels for comprehensive neuromuscular activation.


Whatever your goals are, you can access the MYCYCLING™ App and select one of the programmes designed by professional coaches for specific training goals. Thanks to MYCYCLING™ Coaching you can also choose to train supported by some of the best cycling experts in the international cycling community certified by Technogym, whether you are an amateur, an athlete or a coach.

MYCYCLING™ is compatible with road bikes, mountain bikes, and track bikes.

Technogym MYCYCLING™

Vittoria and Graphene

Vittoria apply Graphene technology

It’s not just bike frames – Graphene in tyres and wheels too

Hopefully you’ll have learned something about the almost miracle qualities of the material Graphene, if you’ve watched our catch-up with Dassi Bikes (honestly, it is fascinating stuff!). Well, Graphene has properties that are useful in many products, not just bike frames.

Graphene is already in use for example (and available to buy now) in tyres and wheels, and while at Dassi HQ we had a quite chat to Jon Heasman from Vittoria (www.vittoria.com) about their ‘Graphene Plus’ range.

Find out more about Vittoria via www.vittoria.com and you can follow them on Twitter: @VITTORIATYRESUK.

Impsport DryCore jacket

Review: Impsport DryCore cycling jacket

Perfectly timed to get your attention for the darker months of autumn and winter, Impsport have provided us with the DryCore cycling jacket to put to the test. Is it going to perform on the training ride or commute to work?

Cervelo P5X bike review at Kona 2016

The Cervélo P5X review

Team Freespeed’s Richard Melik is in Kona for the release of the new Cervelo P5X & was one of the lucky few to get close enough to it to conduct a full review