2009 continues to tick along, and we are getting closer and closer to the first race of they year! The winter always seems long, but before you know it, we'll be back in the usual cycle of bike racing from one weekend to the next. Things are continuing to shape up nicely for the new team I'll be racing with this year. The sponsor list is really close to being official and all that, not to mention the website... right now there are about 4 in production, as we determine which way we are going with our artistic endevours. So I'll wait to post a link for a day or two while we sort things out.
In the meantime, you can check out the new bike frames... and wait impatiently with me, for them to show up! Ibis Cycles is our bike sponsor, and I can't wait to get my hands on the new frames! Especially with the team-only, custom paint job they are doing for us.
Louis Garneau will be sponsoring us on the clothing side of things. The kits are currently in production, so hopefully we'll have some fresh new duds to wear soon! LG is also working to outfit us with helmets, time trial helmets and shoes.
Throw in a top-end drivetrain, TRP Brakes, Aerus Components, Shimano wheels, Fizik saddles and bar tape, Speedplay pedals, and Cateye computers... and that picture above is looking much more like a full-on bike! But only just "barely" it seems, as the preliminary builds, are showing the team bike to weigh in at well under 14lbs., out of the box, and ready to roll with pedals, computer and water bottle cages!
Also to be released soon, is the official roster of the team. A much smaller team than I was on last year, but it's shaping up to still be a pretty lethal combination of riders. Often times being small, quiet and underestimated is a good place to be in the peloton.
Stay tuned for more updates on the team, our incredible sponsors, and the equipment we'll be using this year. In the meantime I should probably go home and climb on the trainer.