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Planet X and On-One Bikes

Planet X first-hand experience racing bikes is channelled into the development of their cutting edge machines. The lightest, strongest materials together with race proven geometry and rigorous race-day testing gives Planet X’s range of Time Trial, Road, Track and Fixed Wheel bikes the edge.

Technology

For our latest nano-carbon road frame we’ve really pushed the current limits of composite builds to produce a truly superlight frame. Our new Exocet aero bike has also been developed with the fluid dynamics scientists at Sheffield University to make it as drag free as possible.

It’s not just carbon we concentrate on either. We have a whole new set of manipulated shape stays for our titanium bikes too, and our new alloy SL is triple butted for minimum weight and maximum stiffness to suit our pro team. More…

Performance

Our bikes have won that many races and awards its fairly obvious that performance is a priority for us.

Our bikes are designed to deliver proper useable performance for real riders.  But, they’re also tough enough to handle the abuse these same brutal pro riders hand out.

Our aero bikes are low on drag, but not low on comfort or hard to get a good position on. Our road bikes are designed to suck up the mileage and handle superbly to leave you in the best shape for the finishing sprint. More…

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We also have the best possible relationships with our suppliers. The fact we design some really innovative and desirable bikes that get rave reviews means suppliers want to work with us.

We get freedom to fettle our designs while still getting best price and we pass those savings directly on to you. It also means we can spend more on development with our pro team and organisations like Sheffield University without pricing our bikes out of your pocket. More…

August 1, 2010 | Filed Under Bike & Triathlon · Leave a Comment  


Close call for James at Ironman Lanzarote

Having spent the last couple of years doing fast courses such as IM Austria, IM Arizona and Roth I thought it was time I did a ‘proper’ ironman. I’d heard stories about how epic IM Lanzarote is but apart from a package holiday with the family when I was about 8 years old, I’d not been out there. But, I got my entry for Ironman No. 6 in and booked a place on a training camp based in La Santa for the following february.

It turned out to be the coldest winter in the UK in a LONG time so a week sunning myself and being able to do nothing but eat train and sleep was just the ticket. I was also blown away by how cool (I nearly said ‘awesome’ then ;) ) the ironman bike course was. As a stronger biker (relative to my swim and run of course ;) ), it seemed to suit me well and the variety of terrain and views were spectacular. I’d also met Richard Hobson who was organising the camp and as I was thinking of going down the coached route decided to see if his mystical coaching powers could get me back to the Big Island of Hawaii in October.

I flew out to the volcanic rock a week before the race with Kasia my fiance and we were lucky to be able to save some money staying with Tom Newman (who was also racing) for the first few days before both our respective families arrived later in the week. The idea being to get acclimatised to the heat which of course, as luck would have it wasn’t there til about a day before the race.

It was great spending time off work though. Lazing around eating Tapas and having someone to get out for rides on the bike with and swim some laps of the swim course prior to race day. Unfortunately for Tom, a knee injury he’d developed in training had got so bad that he was pretty sure he’d be walking the entire marathon on race day.

Day 0 – May 22nd 2010
The morning began at 4.30am. A breakfast of porridge, banana, toast and coffee was followed by the drive down to transition to get ready to race. I pumped my tires, caught up with Pete, Tom and Thomas a friend from Germany then generally faffed around still half asleep.
First mistake of the day was fannying around far too much prior to the swim start. I didn’t realise the start funnel was so narrow so got down there to find myself stuck behind 800 or so other athletes. I had planned to start near the front to tag onto the feet of the quicker swimmers but after managing to wriggle forward past 2 or 3 folk I was stopped in my tracks by the sheer density of people so I gave up and settled in the huddle.
A few minutes later the horn went and we were off…. though it took like what seemed like an hour of shuffling towards the water (in reality probably only a minute or so). From the beginning it was a struggle making my way through the neoprene masses. Elbows and feet flying around, goggles leaking, the usual fun.. with the nice addition of salty water this time. I tried taking the direct line next to the buoys but it was a nightmare getting any clear water so ended up going wide for some space which meant I could relax more, get a rhythm and avoid swallowing too much sodium chloride. I hit the end of the first lap and my watch read 34 mins which was a real disappointment, however by the time I got out for the second time, the official clock read 1h01 which is a one minute PB (overall: 263; Age group: 55) so I was pretty chuffed. I’d obviously forgotten that I started my stopwatch way before the start..
Through the showers, wetsuit off, into the change tent, a lathering of factor 50, up the ramp and the long run up to my bike. It was great to see my fiance and uncle shouting support and I was feeling confident, ready for the section of the race I was looking forward to most.
I took the first 10-15km pretty easy and although I was reeling many other quicker swimmers in, I was also getting past by a few others. One of which, a very amusing moustachio’d german guy riding with a disc on the back and zipp 808 deep section front wheel came past me with his head tucked down and was breathing out his backside like he was in a 10 mile TT. Unfortunately for him he failed to see the huge pot hole in front of him, hit it square on and flew off into the scrub screaming like banshee as he went.
Stu Anderson who has done race a number of times had recommended using some big gearing to take advantage of the long downhills and the 55-11 top gear I was using as a result made cranking along at over 30mph very easy indeed and by the time I’d hit Timanfaya (fire mountain), the number of riders in front of me was beginning to thin out hugely.. I’d also overtaken a couple of guys I know who I know were gunning for kona so I was in good company and on schedule.
I had been hoping for the gale force winds we’d experienced earlier in the week as I thought this might slow down the quicker runners, but it was oddly calm. In fact the calmest day I’d experienced on the island and I knew it would be a quick bike though with the sun now blazing I was concious the run later in the day would be nowhere near so pleasant. …read more

August 1, 2010 | Filed Under featured left · Leave a Comment  


Speedfil – is it another Aero Advantage??

Speedfil – is it another Aero Advantage??

I’m just back from having spent 10 days training in Lanzarote, it was an awesome eye opener to how windy the island can be. When I arrived with Richard Hobson and some of the Athletes registered on his Long distance Triathlon camp we encountered the tail end of the hurricane that had been causing damage & devastation across France.

I was concerned by the fact that I’d decided to bring my time trial bike with deep wheels. This meant I was faced with the prospect of being blown off the road and maybe there days where I was unable to ride at all. I had also agreed to trial a new water bottle – Speedfil
This is both aerodynamic and has a 1200ml capacity. It has a simple bite valve and easy to refill. It took me less than five mins to install…..
The Speedfil is a revolutionary product designed to minimize air disturbance while creating fluid-carrying capacity. The down tube-mounted cage creates smooth airflow around the frame while the rider is in motion. Fluid passes through flexible tubing, allowing for easy output through the bite valve. Hydration is immediate as the bite valve keeps fluid at the ready for whenever its needed. It fitted well on my Specialized Transition and having the straw in front of me encouraged me to drink regularly.
On a 60km/10km/40km/5km/20km/5km Brick session I only lost 200grams of weight, compared to some of the other guys losing over a kilo. This demonstrates that I remained well hydrated throughout my session.

In the wind, it seemed to pick up the wind like a sail, blowing me a long – Yipee!!! the only problem I had was when I was caught by gusts, but so long as my weight was over the front wheel on my aero bars it wasn’t a problem. Clearly this is the next step in ‘aeroness’, much better than having the normal parachute that most athletes have attached to their seat in the form of cages, spare tubes and tools…..

For longer distance races 70.3 or Ironman its got to be a winner!

Posted by Stuart Anderson at 13:40

June 27, 2010 | Filed Under Product News · Leave a Comment  


MaxiFuel Sprint & Olympic Camp

DOMINATE YOUR RACE!!!

LEARN THE 4KEYS TO RACE DAY SUCCESS. EXECUTE YOUR PERFECT RACE!

SPRINT & OLYMPIC TRIATHLON WEEKEND – 10/11 JULY 2010

The ultimate training camp to prepare you for the UK’s major sprint and olympic races, such as London Triathlon. Our experts will
cover the “4 Keys to Race Success” with the adaptations needed when training and fuelling for shorter course triathlon. Enjoy a fun
packed weekend of quality training sessions, nutrition seminars & maxifuel products leaving you ready to race like a pro!

Location: Pure Sports Medicine @ David Lloyd Health Club, Raynes Park

Cost: £225 (10% Discount to British Triathlon Members)

Booking: To book a place please contact Pat Leahy on pat@provo2.com

Info: www.maxifuel.com/trainingcamps

PAT LEAHY
Ironman Expert
Professional Ironman coach, athlete
& sports scientist, Pat specializes in
performance coaching for triathletes.

LYNN CLAY
Nutrition Expert
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& freelance journalist, Lynn is a well
known authority on exercise & diet.

PAUL MILL
Cycling Expert
Former pro triathlete, semi-pro road
and TT cyclist, Paul is one of only a
few Level 3 British Cycling Coaches.

June 27, 2010 | Filed Under Coaching News · Leave a Comment  


Gold at the Gold Coast Worlds

The ultimate website and training resource for all Cyclist’s, Runner’s and Triathlete’s! Pro (Professional) Vo2 (Fitness) Coaching services is aimed to help beginner, intermediate and professional athlete’s become fitter, faster and stronger at our Bike-lab performance facility.

Our expert coaches work closely with the leading Metabolic, Heart Rate and Powermeter companies to provide you with the highest quality multisport performance testing, training plans, group training & personal coaching. We offer motivating feedback & training knowledge to athletes through our Coaching Resources , Online Community and Pro-Vo2 Championships!

June 25, 2010 | Filed Under featured left · Leave a Comment  


Kyle storms IM South Africa!

The ultimate website and training resource for all Cyclist’s, Runner’s and Triathlete’s! Pro (Professional) Vo2 (Fitness) Coaching services is aimed to help beginner, intermediate and professional athlete’s become fitter, faster and stronger at our Bike-lab performance facility.

Our expert coaches work closely with the leading Metabolic, Heart Rate and Powermeter companies to provide you with the highest quality multisport performance testing, training plans, group training & personal coaching. We offer motivating feedback & training knowledge to athletes through our Coaching Resources , Online Community and Pro-Vo2 Championships!

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Nat Barnard wins Eton Sprint 15th May '10

Last Saturday I found myself entering the chilly waters of Dorney lake at 11.05am with a group of men aged 30-35 years old thinking “ what AM I doing !?” As they probably were too being a female with hot pink nail varnish!

Reason for this was it was completely out of schedule and out of the blue that I was racing in this event. I entered that week randomly a tri 24 7 competition to win free entry into the HumanRace Sprint event that weekend. I thought nothing of it as I usually don’t have much luck, but the call Friday afternoon said otherwise. In fact, it said that i’d won free entry and did i fancy still racing the event the next morning!

After not much deliberating, and a quick call to my Portuguese coach, I agreed and started to prepare my kit and bike for the race.

The 400m swim was fairly chilly but short enough not to really feel the effects, unlike the ETU race I have next weekend in Scotland. The bike leg was pretty busy by this time with other waves, with a definite headwind one way. I held a consistent pace, knowing i can push decent watts after my earlier bike testing i’d done with Pat Leahy (ProVo2), down at their centre in Fulham.

Off the bike I then set out onto the run, again the headwind made even hearing anything a mission, with an eerie silence on the return lap. I had extra support there with my faithful dogsbody and photographer dad and Gary Anderson, my new manager and sponsor from Elite-Performance.

All in all i won the ladies event, and was placed 16th out of the males overall, so not a bad day at the office. Sunday i flew from Luton to Palma for a weeks’ training out with a small group of athletes under the instruction of Simon Ward. After this week, i will fly to Glasgow to compete at Strathclyde Park for the ETU event there.

May 20, 2010 | Filed Under Team News · Leave a Comment  


Dion's Ironman South Africa report for Tri247

Dion HarrisonIt’s the morning after Ironman South Africa and I really wanted to let Tri247 readers know what an excellent race it is. From my experience, the race organisation, from check in to racking and the whole of race day was exceptional. The whole of Port Elizabeth really makes such an effort to make the event as spectacular as possible. The support on the run course was unbelievable.

In the days leading up to the race, there were five metre waves and swell on the swim course but race morning dawned with calmer seas and a three metre swell. It certainly made things interesting but wasn’t too intimidating. The video of the race start is pretty amusing. The pros had a 20m lead on the rest of the field but were stood knee deep in the water so had no momentum when the gun went. Behind them, the Age groupers came charging down the beach and through/over them.

The swim was pretty uneventful, apart from body surfing the waves back to the beach at the end of each lap which was great fun! I was in sixth place for the first 800m or so and in the pace line with the leaders. Then the front four put in a surge and gapped the swimmer in front of me. I went past him but couldn’t bridge the gap. When the Storm brothers are putting the hammer down, the only chance to stay in touch is to be right on their feet. I settled into a rhythm in the second pack and conserved energy for the rest of the day. Exited the water 6th in 50mins with a small group of athletes and got through T1 onto the bike with eight pros up the road.

The bike course is three 60km laps with a gradual climb for the first 10km, followed by an out and back section of rolling road before you drop down to the coast and loop back to transition. Settled in my pace…until Raynard Tissink came past. Road out of town with him but he was absolutely smashing it and I had to drop back. I was out on my own for the rest of the first lap and was caught by Jason Shortis and three other riders as we began lap two. Doc Snook, a British Age Grouper was with them and having an awesome race. We rode together for the next 50km until I lost touch and then rode the last lap solo. By this stage though I was passing loads of riders on their first and second laps which really brings home the Ironman experience and makes the three lap course stand out in my mind. Bike time 4.58.

Annoyingly I broke my big toe last Sunday on my last long run…actually it happened five minutes after the long run was supposed to have finished. So the moral of the story is, stick to the program and don’t run on overgrown rocky trails…and certainly don’t kick rocks whilst running at 15kph ;-). The marathon was the first time I’d run since then and I wasn’t sure what to expect. The first few km always feels a little weird but after that, I got into a rhythm and my toe wasn’t too painful. At 21km, I was on for a 3.05-10 marathon and thought I could handle the pain and might have got away with it…but then the pain in my achilles started and progressively got worse. By 30km it had reduced me to a hobble and ultimately I decided to walk to reduce the risk of causing further injury.

I guess it was a compensation injury whilst trying to protect my big toe. Just after 30km I decided I should be sensible, think like a pro, call it a day to limit the damage and allow myself to get back into training for my next race more quickly. My heart didn’t agree but I took my shoes, number belt and chip off and started wandering back to transition along the pavement. I went over to the first referee I saw and pulled out but he voiced what I was thinking and told me to get on and walk the last 10k. From an injury prevention point of view, it didn’t make sense but I owed it to myself and the other competitors not to wimp out. People still had 30km to go on the bike course and were going to finish. I only had a 10km walk.

I met up with Doc again, who was also suffering from achilles issues and we jogged the last half of the lap, taking tiny little steps to reduce the pressure on the tendon.

So glad that I finished. From one angle, it may not have been the ‘professional’ thing to do but I’ve come from amateur racing and not finishing would’ve been disrespectful to the race and the effort that everyone puts in to make that finish. Really glad I got to walk down the finish shoot. Would’ve been gutted now if I hadn’t. I didn’t have a clue what time we were on for but was expecting an 11hr+ as it felt like we’d being going so slowly so was pleasantly surprised to see 9.32. 45minutes slower than my first pro race but, as with every Ironman, I’ve learnt a lot about myself from the journey to the finish line.

An experience…but not one that I want to repeat. Time to heal, move forward for Ironman Austria and avoid doing anything stupid in race week next time!

If anyone is thinking of doing this race next year, I can’t recommend it highly enough. Fantastic setting, amazing crowds on the run course with three laps on the bike and run, it really helps break the race down into manageable segments.

May 7, 2010 | Filed Under Team News · Leave a Comment  


Cycling & Triathlon Camp – Italy 18th May '10

Gran Canaria - Cyclists 160x160 Riccione, Italy - Cycling Specific & Triathlon Training Camp

Dates : 18th May – 25th May 2010 Cost: £599 HB (ex flight)
Italian multisport hotel La Perla have teamed up with UK expert coaches Paul Mill (EliteCycling) & Pat Leahy (Pro-Vo2) to offer a training camp specifically to improve your cycling & technique for all cyclists, whilst integrating all the sessions needed for triathletes.
Book: Pay Online Here Schedule: Training Week Download

The one week Camp will take place in the beautiful romagna region of Italy on the 18th May – 25th May 2010, and provides both the best cycling routes & facilities in the area. A beachfront cycling & triathlon specific Hotel at La Perla, with half board basis., training parks, running tracks, 25m & 50m pool, large well equipped gym and Maximuscle Nutrition fuelling the most exciting riding in Italy.

Whether you are a Pure Cyclist, triathlete or you are training for an Ironman Competition this camp has all the ingredients to not only improve your fitness but there will be plenty of opportunity to learn from 2 of the most experienced coaches in Cycling and triathlon in the UK. It won’t all be hard work though and with the beach across the road and a vast array of shops you will always be entertained.
Cycling Training, Routes & Bikes
The Riccione area or Romagna region as it is known was the training area of choice of the Great Champion Marco Pantani. There are a vast network of roads climbing rolling coastal roads, flat countryside and also mountainous terrain. Don’t miss this great trip and climb the legendary climb of Cippo which has figured in the Giro d Italia. Riccione is still highly regarded as one of the best places to train and The Hotel La Perla has numerous professional teams visiting them on a regular basis

If you don’t fancy taking your own bike to the camp we can arrange to hire one on your behalf. These can be standard Parkpre aluminium frames to top end Carbon Colnagos and price of hire is dependent on model and brand. All you need to do is tell us what size you require and if you have something specific in mind and when you arrive the bike will be ready for you.
Swimming Pool, Gymnasium & Running Tracks
A short distance away is the Riccione Sports complex that has a 50 metre outdoor pool and a 50 metre indoor pool. The Indoor pool is usually split to 25 metres to accommodate more swimmers but we have arranged for the outdoor pool to be available if the weather is favourable. We also have

access to a Gymnasium which is inclusive of your holiday. We will be using the sea as much as possible to give you some Pre Competition practice in open water and we will have a lifeguard available at all times. As the beach is so accessible we will also use the path along the seafront as well as some specific sand runs to help with your propeception.
Hotel La Perla (Riccione)
The Hotel La Perla really is a little gem. Ernesto and his family are superb hosts and will make your stay unforgettable. The rooms are unique in that they all have individual décor and are very comfortable. Along with the superb facilities the Hotel is run with a Passion to fulfil your every need

and is built on years of experience of accommodating athletes. There is laundry facilities also so as soon as you finish your ride, pop your dirty kit in the laundry bag provided and it will be clean and ready for the next day. After an exhilarating day of training you can relax in the solarium by the heated outdoor pool whilst reflecting on another momentous achievement during your stay.
Bookings, Price Options & Further Details
Coached Option 1: 1 week HB Standard Room Cost: £599 (ex bike) or £699 (inc bike)
Coached Option 2: 1 week HB Superior Room Cost: £649 (ex bike) or £749 (inc bike)
Bookings: Please contact Paul Mill 07941295845 or Pat Leahy 07944 801662

March 28, 2010 | Filed Under Coaching News · Leave a Comment  


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