• Cervelo R-3 carbon composite frame (designed and engineered in Canada) and 3T composite handlebars / Selle Italia Gel Flow saddle.
• Shimano Dura Ace drive train, brakes & pedals.
• Rotor 3D compact crankset with 50/34 T and a 11 – 32 T Shimano rear cassette.
• Shimano Dura Ace 9000 C 35 clincher carbon / alloy wheelset.
• Continental Gatorskin 700 x 25 mm kevlar bead tires.
The human equivalent of a ’56 Chevy Bel – Air V6 (without purple dashboard lights and foam dice on the rear view mirror). A middle of the road “vintage” model, with high mileage but well maintained and certainly well “broken in”. Very little rust but needs various surface treatments and additives to run properly (see doping section). Limited pollution control equipment so maximizes power output versus engine size. It’s a carburetor model as opposed to fuel injection and used to sea level, so we’ll see how performance hangs in there at altitude.
THE “DOPING” REGIMEN (fully approved by America by Bicycle who shall henceforth be referred to as “the handlers“)
• Aleve (naproxen sodium).
• Voltarin (a topical NSAID. Only available over the counter in Canada) – Thanks Susan P. !
• Theragesic athletic rub / liniment.
• Red Wine (only after riding is done for the day of course) – antioxidant, painkiller, carbs and heart protection all in one beverage ! Who knew ?
• Coffee – the stronger the better. Lot’s of it.
• More Aleve and Voltarin.
• Breakfast – Bananas, Oatmeal, granola, toast, coffee. Max the carbs.
• On the ride – Clif Bars, Shot Blocks (Black Cherry), Gatorade G2, oreos, trail mix, bananas.
• Dinner – I’m hearing it’s a lot of Perkins, Denny’s, Pizza joints and all you can eat buffets on this ride. Objective: minimize sat and trans fats / maximize complex carbs & quality protein. Full exception for Dairy Queen which is rumored to be a favorite stop of the peloton.