So, uh, remember that bike that Specialized announced on Wednesday? Well, Matt Goss from HTC-Highroad just rode it to victory in the 2011 Milan-San Remo Spring Classic! We’ll check the record books, but this might be the first time a bike was ridden to victory in it’s debut race. One-for-one, batting 1000, however you want to say it, the new Venge is off to an amazing start.
This doesn’t happen often, so you’ll have to excuse our unbridled enthusiasm; SPECIALIZED JUST ANNOUNCED A COMPLETELY NEW ROAD BIKE! The S-WORKS Venge – developed with McLaren Racing (F1, anybody?) and soon to debut at Milan-San Remo – is not just a new bike, it’s a whole new category of bike: Complete Performance. The Venge will be offered four ways initially: SRAM ($8800, pictured below), Dura-Ace ($9200), Frameset ($3800), and for the first time ever, an above S-WORKS version, the S-WORKS + McLaren ($TBA, pictured above).
Blending the stiffness-to-weight supremacy of the Tarmac SL3 with the aero-dynamic wizardry of the Shiv, the Venge gives riders the best of both worlds. Check out the link, tune into Milan-San Remo, and add the word “Venge” to your cycling vocabulary.
The passage of time is a funny thing. There are times when we look back and think how quickly time flies by, but the very next moment an event in the recent past seems like it took place a lifetime ago.
Take the 2008 season. It was only three years ago, but the age of Quickstep as a super power – Tornado Tom in green, Paolo Bettini in world champ stripes and Olympic gold – seems like a lifetime ago. Since that time, Cav has risen, Lance has retired (again), and the most talent-rich team in the world might just be from Luxembourg.
The coming of the 2011 marks a birthday of sorts; the Specialized Tarmac SL2 is three years old. Why is that good? It means that same bike that was developed for and ridden by the best team of 2008 can now be yours for pennies on the dollar. Come in, test ride the 2011 Specialized Tarmac SL2 Elite with SRAM Apex, and whisper to yourself, in an Italian accent of course, “I am Specialized.”
Okay, so this is a little 11th hour of us, but Sunday (tomorrow) at 7pm, join Tim Johnson, Meredith Miller, Richard Fries, and local cycling luminaries at Triumph Brewing Company (117 Chestnut) and help us raise funds and awareness for Bikes Belong. Tim is riding down the East Coast to the Bike Summit in DC, and he needs our help! Come on down, have a pint, rub some elbows, and support a great cause. If you can’t make it – sorry for the short notice – or you don’t like delicious beer, check out Tim’s Ride to Washington Facebook Page for info about Tim’s journey to support Bikes Belong.
In case you haven’t heard, Specialized has released their new S-WORKS helmet for 2011: the Prevail, as in, “cooler heads prevail.” We’re really stoked on the new S-WORKS lid, and apparently CyclingNews and BikeRadar are pretty happy too; 4.5 out of 5 stars!