I've decided not run at all this year as a precaution after a spot of knee surgery in January and so for this year's Bintan Tri I formed a team with my mates Kevin Timmons and Ned Philips and we entered two events: the Sprint Distance race in the morning and the Olympic Distance contest in the afternoon. We had a great time and were lucky enough to win both races. I was the cyclist for the team and my weapon of choice was the above-pictured Neil Pryde Alize. It's what's termed an "aero bike", designed to cut through the wind at the expense of comfort. Not that it's a harsh ride, I simply love that bike, and chose it for the 800km-in-43-hours Trans Malaysia Express in 2012 and hardly felt a bump. But for the past year or so I've only used it in triathlons and time trials; it's gotten me the fastest split at quite a few tris (drop bars/clip-ons and all) and won or placed at the odd TT.
But alas it had its last outing at the weekend. I've been riding it while keeping an eye on a little crack on the seat tube that was pointed out by not one but two mechanics over a year ago. It still sort of looks ok to me, even if the crack does look a little bit bigger, so I've reluctantly taken the decision to retire it.
It went out with a bang in Bintan, though, when it outsplit the legendary Chris "Macca" McCormack on the bike leg of the Sprint race. Who needs a full TT rig when you have an Alize :-)
I won't get rid of it, no way, I was fortunate enough to have been part of the Neil Pryde Bikes Epic Rider program back in 2011 and so once it gets back from a LBS where the parts are being removed, the frame will have pryde and place on my office/bike room wall.
What I am getting to replace it? Watch this space ...