Race of Six Friends

The Race of Six Friends is an event which is a little unique in road cycling: part race, part adventure, part orienteering, part Sunday cruise with your mates.  This this 6th edition of the RO6F we started from town of Matakana north of Auckland.  The race route and distance are kept secret until the morning of the event when a cue-card is handed to each team to guide them through the day’s roads.  There are designated check points where each team needs to assemble in front of a camera to prove they travelled the whole distance and didn’t get lost.

This year’s route was a 116km figure-8 heading forth to Magawhai through a collection of beautiful paved and gravel roads.  Our team roster had changed quite few times in the leadup to the event with people falling foul of winter colds, plus a crash in the previous weekend’s Melbourne Roobaix, the result being three old friends I knew well plus two new faces.  116km is a great way to get to meet someone!

Our team decided to approach the event as more of a fun day out in the sunshine and less of a race so we stopped in Magawhai for sausage rolls and coffee before battling the fierce headwind back home.  This relatively casual pace was perfect for me as it provided plenty of opportunities for photo stops :-)  Some of the teams were there to win and we saw the Kiwivelo boys come flying past us in full team-timetrial mode, while other teams appeared to start as 6 friends but after punctures, getting lost and battling headwinds finished as 6 individuals.

I haven’t done a lot of riding north of Auckland and I was simply amazed by how beautiful the countryside was and how much fun the roads were to ride.  Other than a short section on a main road we saw almost zero traffic for the day.

The weather was perfect and although rain threatened a few times we stayed dry.  The wind picked up but I’m from Wellington so didn’t have much of a problem with that.

We finished up at the Matakana Pub for a beer and burger and to swap stories with the other teams.  It was a great day out.

-Tristan

Andru’s Winter inspiration

Andru came to me long ago seeking inspiration for the up coming winter, he was complaining about the cold, the rain, the wind and mostly the 5am starts. I said “Andru why not get some flash new shiny wheels to keep you motivated” the rest is history

See you at the top of mt vic 5:59 sharp on Wednesday mate

Enjoy – JP

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Jonathan’s Maker 35/50

Jonathan wanted a pair of Maker wheels for his riding around NYC.  The shallower, lighter front wheel will allow him to dodge traffic on his way out of the city and the 50mm rear will give him so aero kick once he’s into the beautiful NY countryside.

American-made White Industries hubs are well-travelled coming from Petaluma, California to us and back to NY State.

DT Swiss Aerolite spokes are equally well travelled from Switzerland.

Thanks for your order Jonathan and enjoy the wheels!

Nicolas Stealth Maker 35s

Nicolas Came to us after a friend recommended our wheels to him a few weeks ago, he was looking for a stiff light wheelset that is reliable enough to be ridden on daily.

Nicolas has a  Colnago C59 TSEI paired up with our wheels it will be the business, im excited to see the pictures.

 

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Jeremy’s Enve 4.5s with Chris King R45 hubs

Velominati meet the Maker

Brett from Velominati meets his Maker

“Tristan and his right hand man Gavin McCarthy ran me through the build process, and if you think it’s just a matter of chucking some spokes in and giving them a few turns, well you’d be very far from the mark: the process Tristan has developed over the years is one of precision, order and involves more than a few tools and tricks that most other builders wouldn’t even know of.”

 

 

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