On the eve of the Tour Down Under I was flying to Adelaide to shoot a wedding - a cyclists wedding of course.
I wanted to sneak a cheeky ride in and already loaded with camera ruled out taking the bike. On a whim I thought I'd ask the twittisphere if they'd loan me a bike and this is what it came back with.
Quicker than an infusion of blood the deal was sealed and this is what I had to pedal around the Adelaide Hills.
If you don't recognise it yet, here's what it looks like in black.
I'm sure there must be more than just a paint jobs difference between the S-WORKS and red Roubiax, but what it is I can't tell you.
This is the first carbon road bike I've ever ridden. It's light, it's stiff, you pedal, it goes and if you pedal in anger it really goes. I tacked on to the back of the RIDE LIKE CRAZY loop and was passed by two police motorbikes. I managed to jump on the back and follow them down the gorge - at 80kph. The Roubaix railed and felt comfortable at high speed. I can't fathom why you'd need a stiffer / lighter bike but that's just me.
The bike features Campagnolo Chorus 11 and Zonda's because that's what Craig had lying around. For a 'bitsa' bike it's a little red rocket.
Big thanks to Craig of Bike Society Anzac Highway for making my weekend that much more enjoyable.
FULL DISCLOSURE: GP retweeted this to Craig @BikeSociety as GP and his missus are ex-Adelaidians. Craig is married to GP's missus' sister and in another twist grew up on the same street as GP without even realising. Craig @BikeSociety loaned me his own personal bike. While I was at the shop Jason Niblett came in to buy tubular glue - and I was the only one who knew who he was. Proof that Trackies just dont look like cyclists.
...and they lived happily ever after.