We spent Thursday at the Cycle Show’s trade day at the NEC in Birmingham, its new home after moving from Earl’s Court in London.
Just so we don’t spoil it for you in case you’re heading along (the show’s open to the public from today until Sunday), here are a few highlights. Expect much more on RCUK next week.
Peugot had a large stand displaying their 2012 collection, with this the top-of-the-range RSR-O1, decked out in Shimano Dura-Ace and Mavic Cosmic SR wheels for £5750.
If carbon fibre on a Peugot sounds like sacrilege, then this single speed machine may float your boat. It certainly was the centre of attention on the stand.
So here it is, the Continental Grand Prix TT clincher that caused such a stir when ridden by Germany’s Tony Martin to World Championship victory. Tech info, availablity and pricing to follow.
The National Cycle Collection had a selection of old bikes on display, including Chris Boardman’s 1992 Lotus.
Thought Boardman’s machine was old? This is a Rover frame as ridden by Ernest Payne en-route to team pursuit gold at the 1908 Olympic Games. We took at stack of pictures from the National Cycle Collection stand so will bring you more soon.
Belgian accessories brand Forza, owned by the same company as Ridley Bikes, used the Cycle Show to launch in the UK. This Vacansoleil-DCM team issue saddle, with titanium rails and weighing 155g, will be available in a limited edition run of just 200. Retail price is £69.99.
The design on this time trial machine was produced by professional sprayer Chris Grove of Performance Race Art in support of his friend Simon Richardson.
Double Paralympic gold medallist Richardson was critically injured in an accident earlier this year and the bike bares the names of the Welshman’s supporters on Twitter.