Expedition/TwentyFour: Ride the Rockies

The 2015 Ride the Rockies route has been unveiled. Riders will cover 465 miles and ascend 40,537 vertical feet along a beautiful and awe-inspiring Colorado backdrop, featuring some of the state's most renowned regions. Primed to explore the Rockies on this year's tour? We have partnered with Ride the Rockies to provide free TwentyFour Series test rides for your favorite stage. Stay tuned for details on how you can take it on aboard a free demo set of TwentyFour Series wheels! Cyclists will start in Grand Junction and finish in Westcliffe, riding through Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Gunnison, Chaffee, Fremont and Custer counties along the way. The route will take participants through Colorado's wine country, into the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, around the Blue Mesa Reservoir and through the Arkansas River Valley. The lottery for this majestic event will be accepted Sunday, February 8; 12:00 a.m. – Sunday, March 1; 5:00 p.m. MST. Click here for details. TwentyFour Series Wheel Demos at Ride the Rockies!

Sneak Peek Video

His first iron-distance triathlon was also going to be his last – but he won it. Since then, SpeedTeam/TwentyFour pro Dylan McNeice has been racing his way into the record books, building a story we may one day look back on as legend. We caught up with Dylan a couple of days before he took the repeat win at Challenge Taiwan. Check out a sneak peek of our TwentyFour Series interview with one of triathlon’s top athletes:

Sneak Peek Video: More Than Just a Wheel

It has been said that "the most valuable real estate in Southern California is the one meter behind Charon "GB" Smith." He's got something to say about the TwentyFour Series, which he's been known to call "magic wheels" - check out a sneak peek of our interview with one of California's top sprinters:

Team Surf City Cyclery Seals the Deal on SoCal's "Triple Crown"

The unofficial season closing race in the streets of Los Angeles' famed Brentwood district took place last Sunday. Team Surf City Cyclery/Sterling BMW was able to take the win with a massive attack by Kayle LeoGrande. This is the first Brentwood Grand Prix victory for the team in its four year history, on what many consider one of the hardest course of the schedule. That win, coupled with Charon Smith's win at The Dana Point Grand Prix and Manhattan Beach Grand Prix, gives the team its first win of all 3 queen races in one season, and quite possibly the first time it has happened in Masters competition. 

Gajer Conquers Kraichgau

Just 4 weeks off of a stunning 2nd place performance at IRONMAN Texas, SpeedTeam/TwentyFour pro Julia Gajer ran away with the victory at Challenge Kraichgau. Kraichgau featured a thrilling duel on the run course, with Gajer and eventual 2nd place finisher Gina Crawford running together for 14K, neither slowing the pace. In the final few meters, Gajer pushed the pace to escape Crawford’s sights and clinch her 3rd podium of 2014. “It was for me probably the hardest race I’ve ever contested in the Kraichgau,” said the winner minutes after her victory. Fellow SpeedTeam/TwentyFour Pro Laura Philipp rounded out the top 4. Gajer’s 5,310 Kona Points put her in 15th place on the Women’s Kona Points Ranking System. The 750 points awarded by WTC-owned Challenge Kraichgau seal her spot on the 2014 IRONMAN World Championship start list. Roll-over Julia's bike below to check out the equipment that powers her outstanding 2014 performances:

Profile Design Announced as Official Bike Course Sponsor of Challenge U.S. Events

Profile Design and Challenge U.S. events are proud to announce their partnership for the 2014-15 race season. Profile Design has been named the official bike course sponsor for Challenge U.S. races, which include Challenge Atlantic City, Challenge New Albany and Challenge Rancho Cordova. Profile Design will be supporting Challenge athletes with the knowledge, tools and equipment needed to perform their fastest on the bike – including the new TwentyFour Series wheels.  “Each Challenge event we have worked with across the globe has brought such a memorable, celebratory feel to the sport of triathlon and for our brand,” says Larissa Lewis, Marketing Manager with Profile Design. “Their unique approach to each race allows us to be very creative with our athlete support. Challenge has, until now, only been the stuff-of-legend for U.S. athletes. We are excited to be a part of launching their extraordinary experience here in the United States.” “Having an industry leader like Profile Design join the Challenge Family of sponsors as we expand into the U.S. market only serves to solidify our position as a major triathlon brand in North America,” said Murphy Reinschreiber, Challenge Family. “We look forward to helping Profile Design launch their new wheels through our dynamic triathlon series in the U.S. and abroad.”    Race Schedule: Challenge Atlantic City – June 29, 2014 Atlantic City, New Jersey www.ChallengeAtlanticCity.com Challenge New Albany – July 27, 2014 New Albany, Ohio www.Challenge-NewAlbany.com Challenge Rancho Cordova – October 5, 2014 Rancho Cordova, California www.Challenge-RanchoCordova.com

McNeice Claims Second Back-to-Back Win

Straight off a 2013 of high-profile wins at Challenge Taiwan and Challenge Wanaka, SpeedTeam/TwentyFour pro Dylan McNeice continues to make a name for himself. This past weekend, McNeice, back in Taiwan to defend his 2013 title, claimed the win over a fast field determined to catch the race favorite. Taiwan completed a drive for two back-to-back wins for McNeice, who also took the repeat win at Challenge Wanaka earlier this year. Last year’s Challenge Wanaka was the first full iron-distance event for McNeice. His repeat win made him the first male athlete to successfully defend his title in the event’s 7-year history. “My first long distance race was always going to be Wanaka,” McNeice told Australian Triathlete last year. “Actually Wanaka was going to be my first and my last! Before Wanaka, I’d decided that my time was up.” This weekend’s Challenge Taiwan continued the unexpected hot streak for the New Zealander, making it his fourth lead-from-the-start iron-distance win. Roll-over Dylan's bike below for a tour of what Profile Design equipment Dylan selected to propel him to the top of Sunday's Challenge Taiwan podium: 

Tom Davison Heads to the Commonwealth Games

The triathlon team to compete at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games was named yesterday by the New Zealand Olympic Committee at the Tri NZ High Performance Centre in Cambridge. Profile Design SpeedTeam/TwentyFour member Tom Davison was one of the 3 selections to the team.  After almost leaving the sport for a “real job”, Tom has been producing powerful performances throughout the last year on TwentyFour Series wheels. At the beginning of April, Davison powered the train at ITU World Triathlon Auckland, averaging 400watts over the 40K draft-legal bike course on a 38/TwentyFour wheelset. His impressive performance catapulted fellow teammates into top 10 spots.   "It’s a huge honour to represent your country in any race; to do it at the Commonwealth Games is unreal. A lot of work has gone into making the team,” said Davison. "My parents are my biggest supporters so they were obviously over the moon. To make this team for them is my biggest motivator as they have supported me through thick and thin. Dad’s response summed it up, he just shouted ‘you have made my year, you bloody beauty’, that was a great moment, but for me now the hard work is just beginning." Fellow Speed Team/TwentyFour pro Nicky Samuels of Wanaka was also named to the team as a reserve for the Mixed Team Relay.

"Either Profile Design Equipped These Wheels with Tiny Motors, or They're Naturally Disconcertingly Quick"

Check out the full review at Aerogeeks.com! We, as a sport, tend to have short memories. “Whatever happened to…” is a question that gets thrown around AeroGeeks HQ on a nearly daily basis. In most cases, the answer is simple: nothing happened, but other companies released their own products that weren’t necessarily better, just newer. It’s unfortunate, but it happens. Here’s the thing; most products that end up with this fate are good enough, but not exceptional. Standing out from the crowd is hard, and keeping ahead of ones’ competitors for any significant length of time is harder still. It takes a special something to keep a product stuck in our minds, and we’re starting to think that Profile Design’s TwentyFour Series 58/78 wheels just might have it. We aren’t sure what mojo Profile Design has worked on the braking surface of the 24 Series, but we are reasonably certain that it involves black magic. Wet or dry, the stopping power of the supplied pads, coupled with the brake surface, maintained impressive modulation in everything from the flash-monsoons of Florida to steep, sustained descents and everything in between without so much as a hint of fade – these could well rival Reynolds fabled dry performance when properly bedded in and hitting their stride. When it’s wet out, and the Reynolds are on a different bike, we find ourselves reaching for the 58/78s without much in the way of conscious thought; that speaks volumes to how highly we regard their braking prowess. It isn’t as though the wheels are any slouch in the speed department, either. Profile Design says that they’re quick around Kona, and it’s hard to argue with them when the wheels don’t budge in a crosswind, spin up fast and are absolutely content to hum along at race pace even while out on a training ride. Either PD equipped these wheels with tiny motors or they’re naturally disconcertingly quick. Given they are allowed to run in Kona, we’re going with the latter… but someone ought to pass an x-ray machine over them, just in case. With a 24mm brake track, they fit most of the wider tires that we have in the garage, and don’t complain when we fit normal-width, either, and everything rolls with a smoothness that we expect from a top-shelf set, but the top shelf these are not, at least in terms of price. At about two grand for the 78mm deep set and two hundred less for the 58s, Profile Design has a healthy lead on their competition in the wallet division, and scores well within the same weight class where quality and features are concerned. These are premium wheels for a not-so-premium price.

SpeedTeam Wins in Wanaka

Dubbed the world’s toughest triathlon, Profile Design Speed Team pros Dylan McNeice and Candice Hammond commanded huge wins at Challege Wanaka. McNeice, who also won the 2013 event in his Iron distance debut, became the first male athlete to successfully defend their title in Wanaka’s 7-year history. On the women’s side, Candice Hammond, ended Gina Crawford’s win streak and surged to the win in 9:33:54, nearly 8 minutes in the lead. In a press conference earlier in the week, McNeice set his intentions for the day, “The best athletes usually have one race to call their own. I want to make this my race.” McNeice did just that and led the race from the gun with a 4-minute lead in the crystal clear waters of Lake Wanaka. "My race was as close to perfect as I have come and a big part of that was because of my gear," he said after the race. "My Profile Design TwentyFour Series wheels were awesome, the 78/58 combo I rode were perfect for the rolling hills, wind, and demanding surface. Looking forward to riding them again soon!’" He also took home the fastest run split of the day, besting the 2nd place finisher by nearly 11 minutes with a final time of 8:38:48. By 100km into the hilly bike course, Candice Hammond closed a 10-minute gap down to 3-minutes. Separated by merely seconds into T2, Hammond gradually gained time over the field. By 15K, Hammond took the lead position, finishing in 9:33:54. With a strong 5:09:56 bike split, Hammond topped the second place finisher by nearly 11 minutes on the bike. Profile Design Speed Team also snagged another strong finish, with Dougal Allan claiming the day's fastest bike split aboard a set of TwentyFour Series wheels.  What products powered Dylan’s repeat win? Click here for a full tour of what powered him to his repeat victory in Wanaka.