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Boulder Peak 2013: the Rigs
article & images by Nick Salazar
Jul 15, 2013  hits 149,880

Race-winner Tim O'Donnell aboard his Trek Speed Concept. Tim looks awesome on the bike, and absolutely destroyed the field.

Boulder Peak is the second of three races in a series called the 5430 tri series, created by industry legend Barry Siff. When the classic and well-loved event was sold to Ironman in 2009, it ensured the race would continue to have a legacy going into the future. And as the years roll on, it's obvious that the race around Boulder Reservoir is here to stay. The series will culminate next month in Boulder 70.3, but the Olympic-distance Peak is always a great chance to see how various athletes' fitness is coming along, and of course, a great chance to see some wonderful gear. We caught up with some of the pros in transition and had a look at their beautiful rides.

We're going to have a look at a few of these rigs in some depth, both form the transition area, and on course out with the rider. The images are all supersized for your high-resolution viewing pleasure.

Make sure you check back later this week for a full-on race-day gallery (which will also be in our hi-res 'supersized' format).

Tim O'Donnell's Trek Speed Concept

O'Donnell's rig in transition

We begin with a look at the rig that won the race: Tim O'Donnell's Trek Speed Concept. Tim is new to the Trek, having moved sponsorship over from Argon 18 earlier this year. Interestingly, Tim was not immediately at home on the bike; he was fit on a size Medium, which was simply too small for him, resulting in a cramped-up fit that left him uncomfortable and robbed him of vital power. Just recently, Tim moved up to a size Large, and the difference is palpable. "I just feel so much more comfortable," O'Donnell said. "I have to thank [Trek athlete liaison] Mark Andrews." He set me up on the Large, and it's just been a night-and-day difference."

Yeah, I'll say. Tim just looks perfect on this bike. The size is bang-on correct, and he was just flying on the bike. Tim is no stranger to this race, having won three times in the past. But his decisive victory today made four, and his amazing bike legs gave him a comfortable margin for the run that let him cruise on in for a decisive victory.

Tim is riding his Speed Concept (size Large) with full Campagnolo Record EPS. That's Campy's electronic group -- that is, their version of Di2.


Tim O'Donnell 

  • Tim O'Donnell won the Boulder Peak triathlon aboard his snazzy Trek Speed Concept.
  • Eventual winner Tim O'Donnell riding out of the Boulder Reservoir on his Speed Concept
  • Tim O'Donnell's Trek Speed Concept
  • Tim O'Donnell's Trek Speed Concept
  • Tim O'Donnell's Trek Speed Concept
  • Tim O'Donnell's Trek Speed Concept
  • Tim O'Donnell's Trek Speed Concept
  • Tim O'Donnell's Trek Speed Concept
  • Tim O'Donnell's Trek Speed Concept
  • Tim O'Donnell's Trek Speed Concept

James Seear 

  • Australian triathlete James Seear with his custom Blue Triad SL, including the TriRig Omega brake up front.
  • Australian triathlete James Seear with his custom Blue Triad SL, including the TriRig Omega brake up front.
  • Australian triathlete James Seear with his custom Blue Triad SL, including the TriRig Omega brake up front.
  • Australian triathlete James Seear with his custom Blue Triad SL, including the TriRig Omega brake up front.
  • James Seear's Blue Triad SL, complete with a TriRig Omega front brake. Seear took second place overall.
  • James Seear's Blue Triad SL, complete with a TriRig Omega front brake.
  • James Seear's Blue Triad SL, complete with a TriRig Omega front brake.
  • James Seear's Blue Triad SL, complete with a TriRig Omega front brake.
  • James Seear's Blue Triad SL, complete with a TriRig Omega front brake.
  • James Seear's Altra Zero Drop running shoes. Apparently James is an avid TriRig reader, because he knows how much I love Altra shoes, and pointed out our mutual preference for these sweet kicks.
  • James Seear's Blue Triad SL, complete with a TriRig Omega front brake.
  • James Seear's Blue Triad SL, complete with a TriRig Omega front brake.
  • James Seear's Blue Triad SL, complete with a TriRig Omega front brake.

Lisa Norden 

  • Women's race-winner Lisa Norden and her Specialized S-Works Shiv.
  • Women's race-winner Lisa Norden and her Specialized S-Works Shiv.
  • Lisa Norden's Specialized S-Works Shiv.
  • Lisa Norden's Specialized S-Works Shiv.
  • Lisa Norden's Specialized S-Works Shiv.
  • Lisa Norden's Specialized S-Works Shiv.
  • Lisa Norden's Specialized S-Works Shiv.
  • Lisa Norden's Specialized S-Works Shiv.

Matty Reed 

  • Matty Reed and his new Fuji Norcom Straight
  • Matty Reed and his new Fuji Norcom Straight
  • Matty Reed and his new Fuji Norcom Straight
  • Matty Reed and his new Fuji Norcom Straight
  • Matty Reed's new Fuji Norcom Straight
  • Matty Reed's new Fuji Norcom Straight
  • Matty Reed's new Fuji Norcom Straight
  • Matty Reed's new Fuji Norcom Straight
  • Matty Reed's new Fuji Norcom Straight
  • Matty Reed's new Fuji Norcom Straight
  • Matty Reed's new Fuji Norcom Straight
  • Matty Reed's new Fuji Norcom Straight
  • Matty Reed's new Fuji Norcom Straight

Kat Baker 

  • Kat Baker and her simple, slender, Specialized Shiv TT
  • Kat Baker and her simple, slender, Specialized Shiv TT. In contrast from Lisa Norden's Shiv Tri, Kat's Shiv TT is Specialized's UCI-legal aero bike, complete with a very svelte integrated stem and aerobar, and smaller 3-to-1 tube shapes.
  • Kat Baker's Specialized S-Works Shiv TT
  • Kat Baker's Specialized S-Works Shiv TT
  • Kat Baker's Specialized S-Works Shiv TT
  • Kat Baker's Specialized S-Works Shiv TT
  • Kat Baker's Specialized S-Works Shiv TT
  • Kat Baker's Specialized S-Works Shiv TT
  • Kat Baker's Specialized S-Works Shiv TT
  • Kat Baker's Specialized S-Works Shiv TT
  • Kat Baker's Specialized S-Works Shiv TT
  • Kat Baker's Specialized S-Works Shiv TT
  • Kat Baker's Specialized S-Works Shiv TT
  • Kat is running TWO round frame bottles on her Shiv TT. Switching to a single BTA bottle would be a lot better for Olumpic distance. Or if she must have two bottles, one between the arms and a second one behind the saddle would be a lot better than the two round aero hogs on the frame.

Misc 

  • Interestingly, a lot of athletes chose not to run a rear disc, presumably because of the high winds. However, both the men's and women's winners were on rear discs.
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  • This is interesting: an athlete is using the Profile Design HC mount, but has bent both of the crossbars so that the mount dips just below the plane of the extensions.
  • Misc
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  • Slowtwitch editor Greg Kopecky actually holds a pro card, and raced the Peak with this decidedly less aerodynamic rount-tubed titanium bike. Greg says he likes using it as a platform for testing other parts, because of its simplicity and reliability.
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