We received this picture from Romaric Delepine, XTerra World Champion in the 35-39 bracket. He rode his Seven Sola SLX to 21st overall at the recent Championships in Maui. He was the 2nd amateur to cross the line in what was a fantastic performance on a fantastic day.
This is just another example of the amazing and unexpected things people do on our bikes, and we couldn’t feel happier to be along for the ride.
Hi! Just back in France after 3 weeks in Maui and an amazing result! Thanks for you help. You can be proud of your bike!
This is Seven rider David Bedard rocking his Axiom titanium tri bike at Louisville IRONMAN 2013.
After a proper fitting at Landry’s and many months of training I successfully raced the bike at the Louisville IRONMAN in late August (averaging roughly 19.5MPH). The temperature was 91 degrees on that Sunday and brutally hot on the run. During the last 10 miles of the run all I could think about was selling the bike and never thinking about another IRONMAN event. Oddly, on Tuesday when we were returning from Louisville I asked my wife which IRONMAN I should do next – she laughed.
I had more thumbs up over my SEVEN than the entire sea of carbon.
When last we checked in on our erstwhile heroes, they were at MTB nationals in Pennsylvania. Since then they’ve been to race the World Cup at Mont Ste. Anne in Quebec on their custom IMX 29 SLs and are now, briefly, at home for a week of rest before heading to South Africa for more World Cup at Pietermaritzburg. Part of really appreciating the effort these guys put in to compete at the elite level is understanding that most of their exploits are based from an RV. They rarely sleep in their own beds, and have elevated mobile mechanic/office/home living to an art form.
Mike and Mary have also been selected to the US National Team for XC World Championships again, so we can look forward to more amazing stories from Team Kenda/Seven/NoTubes. We are proud, as always, to be represented by such amazing athletes (and people).
Read their full report here.
Great pictures and stories from Mike and Mary’s recent exploits at MTB Nationals, where they made us all really proud, Mary with a podium finish and Mike with a top 10, as well as the full catch up on their RV-based, race-chasing exploits.
Just a sample:
I got a great start from my front row call up and settled into a 3rd place position that I was able to maintain for the entirety of the race. I really had to measure my output in the heat but actually felt kind of great a few times while taking a few calculated but extreme lines and really enjoying the challenge of this “real” mountain bike course – something that is less and less typical in this newer era of XC racing.
– Mary McConneloug