Matt Russell is an athlete quite near and dear to our hearts here at TriRig. We have followed him over the years, and were delighted to work with him this year in a formal capacity, sponsoring him to ride our Omni bike, complete with just about everything we make. We helped him significantly improve his position and aero drag in the wind tunnel. And that wasn't just an academic exercise. And we watched with awe as he went through his season this year, crushing an 18-year-old course record en route to his win at Ironman Lake Placid. We saw him consistently improve his bike splits compared to the same races last year. In short, he has had a very successful ride with his new rig.
And now it is time for the biggest test of all. The big dance. The race of the year. The Ironman Hawaii World Championships in Kailua-Kona. So we asked Matt to meet us on the side of the road. THE road, that is. The Queen K highway. Here is his rig, complete exactly as Matt will ride it for the race (although he might opt for a shallower front rim, depending on wind conditions on the day). Enjoy this detailed look at his rig, and let's root for him to have a great performance out there on Saturday!
Thanks for the wonderful year, Matt. You represent TriRig brilliantly, and you look absolutely stunning on that Omni.
Follow this link for all of our 2019 Kona coverage. Aloha!
The way Matt sets up his rigs is a work of art. And while the devil is truly in the details, which you will see below, it's also lovely to stand back and take a look at the complete result.
Man + Machine
Here's Matt posing with his lovely rig, as well as riding in full flight along the iconic Queen K highway. There are few pros who look as good as Matt does on his bike. He has always maintained a very good position, and this year we got him even further dialed in, thanks to some time at the San Diego LSWT, and a front end (Alpha One) that makes it possible to do a lot of refinement in a limited amount of time.
Here is all the nitty gritty of what Matt is riding. Everything is extremely clean and refined, and his paint scheme is our standard stealth minimal graphics. That means that the alto wheel logos, a metallic and color-changing blue, REALLY pop out, especially with the bike in motion. It is all quite simply gorgeous to behold.