Since 2015 I have been racing and riding on a Cannondale Super 6 EVO.
Not top of the range, granted. But 105 Shimano throughout and with a Mavic Cosmic wheelset update.
That bike and I have been through a lot.
We rode the 2015 Ronde Van Vlaanderen Cyclo having had to leave sick family members at home. They were horrid conditions and I cried the last 10km into the finish.
We have had other trips to Belgium, ridden the Tour of Cambridgeshire a few times and been up and down a number of Alps.
But its time to part.
It’s not the bike its me. The sort of riding a full carbon road bike needs is not what I do anymore.
Thats the dawning realisation I have come to as I head to my 50s.
What I need from a bike isn’t what I needed in 2015, and it’s not likely to be the sort of thing I will ever need from a bike again.
Soften angles and fatter tyres will be way forward for me. Comfort as much as speed.
I have spent too much time stressing about wanting to be faster at cycling in my 30 years in the sport. Now with less miles ahead of me until I pack it all in than behind me, I want to savour the experience of riding a bike.
My winter bike is prepped and ready to roll tomorrow…