Ironman Oceanside 70.3 Expo
images by Nick Salazar
Mar 29, 2013  hits 71,803

There's something very familiar about this type of picture, in the heart of a race expo. But that doesn't make me any less excited to be there. For me, it's a part of the whole pre-race excitement that is inextricably linked to the joy of competing in (or photographing) a triathlon.
There's something very familiar about this type of picture, in the heart of a race expo. But that doesn't make me any less excited to be there. For me, it's a part of the whole pre-race excitement that is inextricably linked to the joy of competing in (or photographing) a triathlon.

The expo at Oceanside 70.3 was a fairly typical collection of vendors, in an atypically beautiful setting. The Ironman Village lived up to the namesake of this race, sitting just a stone's throw from the beach at the Oceanside pier. And as always, there were a few interesting little gems among the usual pre-race fare. Enjoy the gallery, and check back Saturday for a full race-day gallery.



  • There's something very familiar about this type of picture, in the heart of a race expo. But that doesn't make me any less excited to be there. For me, it's a part of the whole pre-race excitement that is inextricably linked to the joy of competing in (or photographing) a triathlon.
  • This was neat - a few of these moving sculptures were peppered throughout the expo. The rider's spinning wheels reveal a runner and a swimmer inside them.
  • One of the weirder additions to the Oceanside expo - Cutco knives! The vendor's explanation for their presence was that triathletes all want to be healthy, and are more likely to cook their own meals than the general population. Um, ok.
  • Tony DeBoom, Mr. Endurance Conspiracy, was out showing off the wares. We previously reviewed one of his shirts, the 'Hyperspace Gloom' design at the far right of this picture.
  • The snazzy new Quarq Elsa.
  • Zipp always brings the noise - and this time, it wasn't just with wheels ...
  • ... Zipp had a dedicated display for the new Vuka Stealth aerobar, which we profiled when we spotted a prototype in Kona. Zipp likely won't be sending us a full bar to review, given that we are developing a competitive product in the TriRig Alpha. But I think it'd be fair to say this bar has some nice strengths (very aero, very stiff, nice cable routing) and probably some weaknesses (don't believe it can do lower stack than this, could be lighter).
  • Specialized was highlighting their new Sitero saddle, which we reviewed in detail earlier this week.
  • Profile Design has been teasing us with the very cool HC Bottle since Interbike last year. And it's FINALLY just about ready. Profile Design told us that the product should be shipping in just a couple weeks. Not content to wait that long, I snagged one of their demo samples so that I can give you all the full review. This is a really neat product - keep your eye out for a detailed article in a couple weeks.
  • The fill cap is small, sleek, and even aero-shaped. The straw protrusion is also aero-shaped. This thing is sweet.
  • From the front, the bottle is shaped quite like a bullet. Or maybe a submarine.
  • An optional computer mount looks like it might be just a little too close to the bottle, but I'll suss all that out in my upcoming review. Stay tuned!
  • Profile Design also had a cool display of some historical products from their last quarter century in business.
  • This very early aerobar shows just how far we've come in terms of design cues.
  • The PiggyBack, a very early behind-the-saddle bottle mount.
  • Orbea had their new Ordu bikes on display. There's something I really love about this picture ... hmm ... what could it be?
  • Another shot of the Ordu. If you didn't get my sarcasm in the last shot, I'll spell it out for you - they're displaying these bikes with TriRig Omega brakes up front.
  • There is something I always find really funny about an upright standing mannequin wearing an aero helmet. This mannequin's head is as fast as they get.
  • Speedfil was at the expo showing off their upcoming single-bottle saddle mount. This is actually a modified version of the BC Blaze, which we reviewed earlier. They've bought the design from Beaker Concepts, modified it, and will rebrand it as Speedfil.
  • Speedfil demonstrated off their existing product on a Blue Triad SL. Just like that Ordu, there's something undeniably cool about this bike ... the coolness seems to be coming from the front brake area. :-)
  • True to its name, the Oceanside expo is indeed right by the ocean.
  • Tri Bike Transport had unloaded several racks worth of bikes into transition. It's a very cool service that gets your bike to its final destination without any disassembly (except petals).
  • First in line off the Tri Bike Transport trucks: Andy Potts' Kestrel 4000. We did a detailed profile of this very bike last week.
  • Just like the Orbea and Triad SL in this gallery, there's something inexplicably awesome about this build ... what could it be? ;-)
  • And this is our parting shot from the Oceanside Pier. Check back for more features and race coverage as the weekend rolls on. Thanks for reading!

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