Oceanside Gear of the Pros Andy Potts won the Ironman 70.3 California aboard this Kestrel 4000 equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070 and the TriRig Omega front brake. Oceanside Gear of the Pros Potts also races on an ISM Adamo saddle and Pro Missile EVO aerobar. Oceanside Gear of the Pros Frederik Van Lierde’s Cervelo P5 Six has been carefully spec’d with storage accessories to bring a lot of supplies—three bottles and some solid nutrition—without adding substantial aero drag. Oceanside Gear of the Pros The Belgian has bottles in the two most aerodynamically invisible positions—behind the saddle and between his arms—as well as an aero shaped X-Lab bottle on the downtube. Cervelo senior advanced R and D engineer Damon Rinard has found this setup to be exceptionally fast. Oceanside Gear of the Pros American Tim O’Donnell’s Trek Speed Concept 9-Series. Oceanside Gear of the Pros TO races Campagnolo EPS Super Record components and Mavic’s Comete disc. Oceanside Gear of the Pros O’Donnell stashed a lot of gear on the front of his bike. Arm warmers in case of cold temps, an inhaler, a Garmin 500 head unit to read his power data as well as a bottle and several gels were attached to his rig. Oceanside Gear of the Pros O’Donnell, still recovering from a crash at Ironman 70.3 San Juan, finished 10th. Look for him to round into top shape before the US 70.3 championship in St. George, Utah. Oceanside Gear of the Pros Aussie Luke McKenzie is back on a Scott Plasma this year. He packed a sealant flat repair cannister on his seat tube in case of emergency. Oceanside Gear of the Pros McKenzie modified his X-Lab Torpedo hydration mount with spacers to elevate his bottle between his elbows and draw it backward slightly. Positioning his computer head unit between his hands allows for easy reading when tucked into the turtle position. Oceanside Gear of the Pros McKenzie submitted one of the strongest rides of the day, splitting 2:14 through the undulating roads of Camp Pendleton. Oceanside Gear of the Pros Matt Reed is racing aboard a Fuji D-6 with super-chic Lightweight Fernweg wheels and custom Rocket 7 tri shoes. Oceanside Gear of the Pros Reed’s Fuji has a short stack height at the taller sizes, so he relies on the Profile Aeria aerobar to acheive his fit. He props the elbow pads and extensions several centimeters above the basebar. This bar provides a substantially upgrade over his former strategy of angling his bars very low to elevate his elbows. All athletes looking for additional stack height should consider Reed’s solution. Oceanside Gear of the Pros Reed matched the leaders during the first 40 miles of the ride, but lost contact eventually and dropped out during the run. Oceanside Gear of the Pros After keeping a low profile for awhile, Swedish cult message board hero Bjorn Andersson raced in Oceanside. Oceanside Gear of the Pros Andersson helped drive the pace early during the bike, but couldn’t break the group and pulled out during the run. Oceanside Gear of the Pros ITU veteran Brad Kahlefeldt stepped out of his comfort zone to race this Ironman 70.3. He packed a horizontal bottle, gels and arm warmers on his Giant Trinity Advanced SL. Oceanside Gear of the Pros Brandon Marsh of Austin, Texas rode this Cervelo P5 Three to an outstanding fifth place among this incredibly tough field. Oceanside Gear of the Pros Instead of resting his glasses in his helmet and taking time to put them on in transition, Marsh took advantage of his front horizontal water bottle and looped the glasses through the cage. Oceanside Gear of the Pros Gavin Anderson raced the Airfoil Pro. The seat tube-less design is being phased out (see Andy Potts’ Kestrel 4000), but provides incredible ride quality. Still a winner after many years. Oceanside Gear of the Pros Local stud “Killer” Karl Bordine races the Argon-18 E-118 with the basebar in the “wings up” position for a little extra stack height to the brake grips. Oceanside Gear of the Pros Trevor Wurtele—one half of Team Wurtele with his wife Heather—races the Cervelo P5 Six with a couple clever alterations. His rear wheel is enhanced with a disc cover and he uses an X-Lab Delta Sonic to carry his flat repair supplies behind the saddle. Oceanside Gear of the Pros Damon Barnett’s Trek Speed Concept 9-Series is impossible to miss. There was no alteration done to this photo, it really is this bright. He carried flat repair, a gel flask and GPS watch on his top tube.
Photos and captions by Aaron Hersh.
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