Last week a pair of Sevens showed up on Bicycling.com in a piece about the Trans Atlantic Way Race. It’s well worth a read just to find out more about riding along the Irish Coast, but there are also some good tips on riding fast over long distances, as well as some photos of a pair of handsome, purpose-built bikes.Here are some brief excerpts:
The race kicked off at 11:30 a.m. on June 7, 2018. Brad and Matt had 200 miles planned that day, and they expected to be riding until about midnight. Halfway through their first long day, they dined curbside on pizza after the first checkpoint. They ate as much as possible because food options would close well before their planned finish. Being vegetarians, pizza was frequently on the menu.
Along with avoiding the normal hazards of exhaustion, fatigue, and other standard issues with long days in the saddle, the duo had to adjust to riding on the left side of the road.
Read a bit more about our involvement in this epic race.
We received this cool video the other day from our friends at Tenafly Bicycle Workshop. How fitting that the first bike posted to our blog here in 2019 features the special edition Four-Seasons paint scheme.
This is Peter’s Evergreen PRO. Watch it being assembled by the pros at TBW!
Here’s a handsome crew. Our friends at Outdoors, Inc in Memphis sponsor a race team called Los Locos (pictured here with some of their Sevens), and this is a shot of them just after the Race Between the Bridges, a local gravel grinder. Seven rider Hart Robinson, second from right, made this year’s race podium. Outdoors, Inc. owners Joe and Carol-Lee Royer are in the middle.
Out of 100+ starters, only approx 38 finished the race due wet conditions with clay mud and gravel.
Brad and Matt are at it again, this time taking on the 1200km Coulee Challenge in Minnesota and Wisconsin. We remixed their TransAt bikes for this new event. This ride differs from the TransAtlantic Way they took on last month in the quality of the road surfaces (thus the switch to 700c wheels) and the type of climbing they’re doing.
From the ride description:
Our RM 1200k route includes great roads and bike trails in Minnesota and Wisconsin with a focus on the challenging coulees of Southeast Minnesota and Southwest Wisconsin. The terrain will have some hilly sections, with multiple, occasionally steep, hills crossing ridge lines followed by pastoral valleys and quiet, bucolic roads. Along the way riders will enjoy passing through a number of small towns in the coulees and river towns on the Mississippi River.
A coulee is a deep ravine, one of the defining features of the terrain in Minnesota and Wisconsin. This is no flat, mid-Western romp,so we reconfigured Brad and Matt’s bikes for the occasion.
The Coulee Remix bike is a progressive gravel bike that features a number of innovations, special offers, and incentives. It’s also available for a very limited time. The Remix employs the SRAM Force 1 group set with mechanical shifting and hydraulic brakes, aiming for the lightest weight, simplest design, and purest performance.
This is Matt’s Evergreen SL turned out in the limited edition Graphite Gravel configuration, with custom decaling, a Seven Ti seatpost and alloy bar and stem. We built this one with our friend Kyle at Spin City Cycles in Decatur, IL. Matt’s photos and kind words, below:
For years I have watched countless Sevens come through Spin City Cycles for routine maintenance and upgrades. Each time I would have the opportunity to talk to one of the owners it was impossible not to sense that they knew they owned something special.
I always appreciated that love they showed for their bike, but it was not until last week when I took delivery of my own custom Evergreen SL that I truly understood where that pride was coming from.
Very simply, the bike is perfect. It is completely customized down to the smallest detail to match my riding style, fit and aesthetic preferences. There is something special about being able to jump onto a brand new bike and just know that nothing needs to be changed or adjusted.
A special thanks to both of you for making this experience a reality. The service that I always receive at Spin City is truly second to none, and I am convinced they have found a perfect partner in Seven Cycles. Each and every question throughout the process was answered and even the smallest request you both worked together to make happen.
There have been a lot of beautiful bikes that I have admired and owned, but this one will now forever be on top of my list as the first one designed and built to meet my specific needs. A special thanks to the both of you for what I know will be years of enjoyment.