Had a brilliant ride with Paul yesterday morning. He was on his brand new 2011 Cervélo R3 and what a piece of machinery that is. I have always been a Cervélo fan. I love the fact that it is a Canadian company, founded and still headquartered in Toronto, and the two founders are still running the ship, almost twenty years on.
But the main reason I love the brand is because they make bloody gorgeous looking bikes. Without doubt they are the best looking bikes in the Pro peloton today, and I dare say they are some of the best looking bikes in production anywhere. The R3 is no exception to this and once again the Vroomen-White design sets this bike apart from the rest of the hoy palloi.
Paul’s understandably delighted with his new toy. Like a young boy who has just received his first catapult, there is a permanent grin plastered to his face as he pedals. And why not? It’s not everyday you change bikes and when you ride something that is quality it is a true pleasure.
We rode 55 km in 1hr 47m and the time went flying by and the kilometres passed with relative ease. I am looking forward to the first time that I get to go out with both Paul and Andy, as I am now totally outnumbered when it comes to choice of bike brand. They both ride the Cervélo R3, whereas I am staying true to my Campy clad VR2. It may not have the brand recognition of their rides, but it can still teach them a lesson on occasion!