Saturday, June 23, 2018

Matt Fisher

Matt Fisher runs TriathletesDiary.com - so it's all his fault! He pretends to be a triathlete, but really he is a husband, father and company VP. But he has raced for the GB Age Group squad a few times and is a two-times qualifier for the IM70.3 world champs

To paraphrase a certain song really badly, “I rode an S-Works Tarmac SL6 and I liked it”… Granted it was only for less than 12 minutes, but it was enough to convince me that there is a difference between a £4,000 bike and one costing £8,500.

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I’m not sure if my bike has the longest name out there, but with a five-word name, it has to be up there.  I guess that’s a testament to the sheer range of models and variants that Giant has to offer (even I have two variants of the TCR in my shed – one for ‘Sunday best’ and one that’s resigned to foul weather).

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I have to admit that sportives aren’t my thing.  Maybe it’s the image of a collection of old men in loose-fitting lycra on bikes with downtube shifters and baguettes in their jersey pockets for sustenance.  A world away from the aero-is-everything approach I associate with Time Trialling and triathlons.

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With my two opening races of 2018 both cancelled or postponed due to weather (first snow, then torrential rain), a late entry to Newbury Duathlon finally saw me open my racing account for the year.

To be honest, Newbury Duathlon isn’t a race I enjoy very much.  Nothing against the organisers or marshals, all of whom are very pleasant, it’s just that I don’t like either the run or the bike courses!

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When I decided to get into triathlon, the first bike I bought was a £700 Wilier Escape with an 18-speed Campagnolo Xenon groupset.  After a while, I spent a few pennies upgrading the wheels (Campag Scirocco, I seem to recall) until a few years later the groupset found its way onto an Argon18 frame and the old Wilier frame went to a friend to become the basis of a fixie.

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