The Rigs of Ironman 70.3 Boulder
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Jun 23, 2014  hits 193,048

Joe Gambles switched to the new Trek Speed Concept this year, and rode it to 1st place.  Last year, the race occurred after the new speed concept had been released, but Joe still rode on the old model.  This year, he is riding the current top of the line Speed Concept 9 Series Team Edition.  For wheels, Joe is using a Bontrager prototype disc in back, and a Bontrager Aeolus 7 D3 Tubular in front.
Joe Gambles switched to the new Trek Speed Concept this year, and rode it to 1st place. Last year, the race occurred after the new speed concept had been released, but Joe still rode on the old model. This year, he is riding the current top of the line Speed Concept 9 Series Team Edition. For wheels, Joe is using a Bontrager prototype disc in back, and a Bontrager Aeolus 7 D3 Tubular in front.

The Boulder 70.3 is one of the hottest races that Boulder hosts each year. This year, we will see the inaugural Boulder Ironman take place in August, yet we still saw many of the local favorites compete in this year's 70.3. Joe Gambles won for the 4th consecutive year, and set a new course record of 3:42:13. Tim Don came in 2nd with an incredible 1:11:49 run. On the women's side, Jodie Swallow took 1st place, after a very competitive run. Rachel Joyce took 2nd, and Leanda Cave came in 3rd. Enjoy our rigs gallery. We will discuss the rigs that the top 3 men and women rode to victory. If you would like to see more photos from the race, you can check out our Race Day gallery too.



Joe Gambles 

  • Joe Gambles switched to the new Trek Speed Concept this year, and rode it to 1st place.  Last year, the race occurred after the new speed concept had been released, but Joe still rode on the old model.  This year, he is riding the current top of the line Speed Concept 9 Series Team Edition.  For wheels, Joe is using a Bontrager prototype disc in back, and a Bontrager Aeolus 7 D3 Tubular in front.
  • Joe Gambles is using the Campagnolo Record EPS 11 speed.  This is an electronic groupset similar to Shimano's Di2 system.
  • Joe Gambles has his battery mounted under the bottom bracket.  Aerodynamically, this is not the best location for the battery, but it's not terrible either.  Joe is using the Campagnolo Bora Ultra crankset.  This is a crank and chainring mount made entirely of carbon fiber that looks awesome.  His large gear in front was a 54T.
  • Joe Gambles is using the ISM Adamo Podium saddle, with a single bottle mounted behind it.
  • Joe Gambles uses the Bontrager draft box to store his supplies.  This is an aero-neutral form of storage that usually holds a flat kit.  On top of the draft box, Joe gets the coveted number 1 sticker.
  • For a speed and cadence sensor, Joe Gambles is using the DuoTrap ANT+ sensor.  Trek has built a cutout into the non-drive side chain stay of the speed concept so that there is no aero-penalty to adding a speed and cadence sensor.  Shoes appear to be Bontrager Hilo RXLs that have been cut to remove some of the material, thus allowing additional airflow.
  • The front end of Joe Gamble's Trek Speed Concept is very clean.  The integrated front brake is hidden from the wind, and there are no cables hanging out for the air to hit.
  • Joe Gambles is using a single BTA bottle.  In front of the bottle is a CycleOps computer linked to his Powertap power meter.  This mounting position of the computer is ideal, as it allows you to see the screen without taking your eyes off the road ahead.  For a helmet, Joe is using the Rudy Project Wing57.  Sunglasses are Rudy Project Genetyk.
  • Joe Gambles on his new Trek Speed Concept.

Tim Don 

  • Tim Don on his Shiv.
  • Tim Don rode the current top of the line Specialized S-Works Shiv Di2 into 2nd place.
  • The front end of Tim Don's Shiv is very clean, thanks in no small part to the TriRig Omega SV brake and the TriRig Sigma stem.  There are no cables hanging out past the frame for the wind to hit, and just a bare cable running from the stem's internal cable hanger to the brake.  This is as clean as you can get a Shiv's front end to be.  For bars, Tim uses Enve SES aerobars.  When I asked Tim what he thought of the TriRig products, he was very enthusiastic, and said he loved how clean the Sigma stem allow him to get his cable routing, and how easy the Omega SV brake was to adjust.
  • Tim Don is using SRAM Red mechanical components.
  • Tim Don is riding on ENVE wheels in front and back.
  • Tim Don is using Specialized's Fuel Cell storage system to hold gels and other items.  He also uses the internal Fuelselage bladder system for hydration.  On Tim's seat post, you can see a Retul sticker, which probably mean's Retul handled his fit.
  • Tim Don uses the Specialized Sitero saddle.
  • Tim Don wears Specialized Trivent shoes.  Crank arms are from Specialized S-Works.  You can't see it in this photo, but his chainrings were Specialized Team TT aero chainrings.  Pedals are from Speedplay.
  • Tim Don uses the Specialized S-Works McLaren TT helmet

Richie Cunningham 

  • Richie Cunningham on his new Trek Speed Concept.
  • Richie Cunningham rode his Trek Speed Concept to 3rd place.  He is using Shimano's C75 wheel in front and in back.  Richie uses the Bontrager draft box to store his supplies.  This is an aero-neutral form of storage that usually holds a flat kit.
  • Richie Cunningham is using Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic components.
  • Richie Cunningham is using Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic components.
  • Richie Cunningham uses a single bottle behind his saddle.
  • Up front, Richie Cunningham has a single BTA bottle.  In front of the bottle is his computer.  Helmet is a Project Rudy Wing57.  Richie's Di2 junction box is affixed to his stem just behind the aerobar.

Jodie Swallow 

  • Jodie Swallow on her Scott Plasma.
  • Jodie Swallow rode her Scott Plasma to 1st place.  She has ENVE wheels front and back.
  • Jodie Swallow uses Shimano Dura-Ace 11 speed electronic components.
  • Jodie Swallow uses 2 traditional bottles mounted inside the main triangle.  In terms of aerodynamics, this is a very poor way to store fluids.  She would be more efficient by moving to 1 BTA bottle, and 1 bottle behind her saddle.  Jodie's shoes are from Scott.
  • Jodie Swallow uses and ISM Adamo Prologue saddle.  You can't see it in this photo, but there is a retul sticker on her seat post, which probably mean's Retul handled her fit.  Behind the saddle is an XLAB saddle bag.
  • The front end of Jodie Swallow's Scott Plasma leaves a lot to be desired.  Her front brake is a very un-aero Dura-Ace side pull model, which sticks out significantly into the wind.

Rachel Joyce 

  • Rachel Joyce on her Cervelo P5-Six.
  • Rachel Joyce rode a Cervelo P5-Six to 2nd place.  For wheels, she uses a DURA-ACE C50 in front and a C75 in back.
  • Rachel Joyce wears Shimano shoes.  Her drivetrain consists of Dura-Ace Di2 electronic components.
  • Rachel Joyce uses an XLAB AERO TT bottle on her down tube.  This is more efficient than a traditional round bottle.
  • On her top tube, Rachel Joyce has an XLAB STEALTH POCKET 300 bag.  This is a streamlined way to hold nutrition.  It screws directly into the bolt holes on the top tube of the P5.  Behind this bag and butted up against her seatpost, Rachel has a can of tire sealant taped to the top tube with electrical tape.  This is not the most efficent way to store this, but at a minimum it doesn't increase frontal surface area.  Up front, you can see that Rachel has used electrical tape to mount her Garmin cycling computer as far forward as possible.  This is the ideal position for her computer, as it allows her to see the screen without taking her eyes off the road.  Rachel uses a Louis Garneau P-09 helmet
  • The front end of Rachel Joyce's Cervelo P5-Six.

Leanda Cave 

  • Leanda Cave on her Canyon Speedmax CF.
  • Leanda Cave rode her Canyon Speedmax CF into 3rd place.
  • Leanda Cave used a Mavic Comete disc in back.
  • Leanda Cave used a Mavic Cosmic CXR in front.
  • Leanda Cave ran a Dura-Ace Di2 front derailleur, and a Dura-Ace crank for an 11 speed electronic setup.  She ran a 54-42 in front.
  • Leanda Cave ran a Dura-Ace Di2 rear derailleur, and an 11 speed cassette.
  • In case anyone was unsure, this ride belongs to Leanda Cave.
  • Leanda Cave rides on an ISM Adamo Prologue saddle.  Behind the saddle she has an XLAB Gorilla XT cage attached to an XLAB Delta 300 mount.
  • Leanda Cave uses a Camelbak bottle on her down tube.  In terms of aerodynamics, this type of bottle in this location is a very poor choice.  Switching to an aero bottle, or storing her bottle behind the saddle would be more efficient.
  • Leanda Cave uses a Torhans Aero 3D bottle between her aerobars, complete with a British flag.  Behind her stem, she has an XLAB Stealth Pocket 400 for storage.  This bag is attached with Velcro straps to the top tube.
  • Leanda Cave has her Di2 bar end shifters rotated up quite a bit.  This is most likely to make it easier to shift with her thumb.
  • Leanda Cave's helmet is a Giro Advantage 2, with text on the side that says 'Leanda Cave, Superbird'.
  • Even though the weather was quite warm, Leanda Cave elected to ride with toe covers on her shoes.  Also, take a closer look at how she secured her shoes. That looks like black electrical tape!!! Ick!
  • You can see that Leanda Cave's non-drive side shoe was also secured with black electrical tape.
  • The black electrical tape that Leanda Cave used to secure her shoes did not come off cleanly at all. She rode with it attached to her crank for most of the race.
  • Mid-way through the race, Leanda Cave's non-drive side shoe still has electrical tape hanging off the back.

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