As you may know, I got a new Trek Madone 6.5 Pro this year:
Yes, it’s dirty. I commute past a gravel pit every day.
Yes, I have a funky position due to my abnormally short arms and legs (thanks, Mom and Dad!).
Anyway, I love it. I never really know how I feel about a road bike until I get a little racing done, and the first test was a big success. The bike was snappy, solid when cornering, and most of all was really, really smooth. This is my first time on a bike that is fitting this well, accelerating this quickly, and riding this smoothly.
The component group works great. Shimano Dura-Ace continues to evolve and set the benchmark. SRAM Red is the hot group of the season, but I still feel like Shimano shifts more quickly, has better braking modulation, and a better feel at the lever. Different strokes for different folks.
Now this bike has a criterium under its belt, it’s time for an entirely different test: the Brown County State Park Road Race. Hoo boy. Last year it was 5 mph on the climb and 55 mph on the descent, and I was happy just to finish. No sitting in the pack; that climb gives you nowhere to hide. Either you’re strong enough to hang, or you’re not.
Even though I’m not going to finish well, I love this race. The terrain is as challenging as anything you’ll find in Indiana, and taking that challenge on makes me feel like a real bike racer.
Goal: expend enough energy to feel totally justified about ordering whatever I want at the HobNob. I love Brown County!