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Want A Real Collector’s Bike? Here’s How You Can Buy Andre Greipel’s and Adam Hansen’s Official Team Bikes

Adam hansen's Ridley Helium SLX Lotto Soudal Ex-Team Road Bike Top Tube

With cycling reaching such giddy heights of popularly, it is hard to get a truly unique bike these days. High-end Specializeds, Treks, BMCs and Pinarello’s are commonplace on many club runs and chain gangs. Unless you go to a custom builder, the chances are you’ll find someone else with the same bike as you out on the road. 
But what if you could own a bike that was truly unique? And not only that but something with a heritage and class that other bikes simply don’t have?

We could talk for days about the aerodynamic properties of framesets, about lateral stiffness, about vibration dampening characteristics. We could even talk about all of these factors that when combined in the right amounts give a bike a soul of its own. But let’s cut to the chase here…

Andrei Greipel Lotto Soudal

WE’VE FOUND ANDRÉ GREIPEL’S BIKE FOR SALE!

Yes, that André Greipel. The sprinter with 11 Tour de France stage wins under his belt. The holder of the Vuelta a España 2009 points jersey. The man who is simply known as ‘The Gorilla’.

If there was ever a rider who was fully reliant on having one of the best bikes in the world, it’s André.

Andre Greipel Ridley Fenix SL Lotto Soudal Ex-Team Road Bike Andre Greipel Ridley Fenix SL Lotto Soudal Ex-Team Road Bike

And we’ve literally found that bike.

Need proof? Check out the top tube.
Andre Greipel Ridley Fenix SL Lotto Soudal Ex-Team Road Bike Name Top Tube

It comes with 11 speed Campagnolo Super Record EPS
Andre Greipel Ridley Fenix SL Lotto Soudal Ex-Team Road Bike Handlebars

All Team Issue
Andre Greipel Ridley Fenix SL Lotto Soudal Ex-Team Road Bike Chainset

The Belgian pro-team Lotto Soudal have just made available a selection of their previous season’s team bikes. We’ve tracked them down and we can tell you, it isn’t just Greipel’s machine on offer…

Adam
Hansen Lotto Soudal

WE’VE FOUND ADAM HANSEN’S FORMER RIDE AS WELL

What could be cooler than owning the team bike of one of the world’s most consistent pro riders out there? With twenty consecutive grand tour finishes under his belt, Adam is in a league of his own when it comes to distance riding.

Adam hansen's Ridley Helium SLX Lotto Soudal Ex-Team Road Bike Adam hansen’s Ridley Helium SLX Lotto Soudal Ex-Team Road Bike

Adam hansen's Ridley Helium SLX Lotto Soudal Ex-Team Road Bike Top Tube

 

And the best thing is that these bikes are priced at a level that many fans of the sport will find agreeable. Greipel’s machine is available for £3,275 which is ~$4,380 USD or ~$5,780 AUD, while Adam Hansen’s bike is available for £3,999 (~$5350 USD, ~$7060 AUD)

The machines themselves are being sold on behalf of the Lotto Soudal team through a UK cycle retailer and everything about them is literally team edition.

Based on the Ridley Fenix SL and Helium SLX framesets, these are bikes that you know can be ridden comfortably all day, day after day. With Lotto Soudal being a Campagnolo based team you can expect to find 11 Speed Super Record EPS throughout.

Team wheels often get held back by the team for re-use so Greipel’s bike comes with brand new Forza 4ZA wheels, designed and made in Flanders, as you’d expect for a top flight Belgian team, while Hansen’s bike comes with Campagno Zondas.

Not only have we found the bikes belonging to these two legends of the sport, we’ve also found a few more used by the team.

Tiesj Benoot Lotto Soudal

If you saw the Strade Bianche this year you’ll have been very impressed with the winner Tiesj Benoot. As a young rider he’s got plenty of potential to go onto massive success later in his career so the opportunity to get one of his team bikes this early on could make for a canny investment.

Tiesj Benoot Ridley Fenix SL Lotto Soudal Ex-Team Road Bike Tiesj Benoot Ridley Fenix SL Lotto Soudal Ex-Team Road Bike

Maybe you’d like the bike ridden by a winner of the Dwars door Vlaanderen, Jelle Wallays. Or one of two bikes from multiple Giro d’Italia stage winner, Tim Wellens – a Ridley Helium SL Custom or a Ridley Helium SLX, both equipped with Campagnolo Bora Ultra 50s.

Or how about former Belgian national road race champ and all round classics hardman Jens Debusschere’s Ridley Fenix SL

Tim Wellens Ridley Helium SLX Lotto Soudal Ex-Team Road Bike

We’ve also found the team bikes of Marcel Sieberg, Sander Armée, Kris Boekmans, Nikolas Maes, Frederik Frison, Yelle Vanendert and Jasper De Buyst

Whether you’re buying one of these bikes to race on, to ride on, or to even hang on your wall and keep as an investment, you’ll know you’re the proud owner of a piece of unique cycling history.

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  1. Terry

    30th September 2020 at 10:54 pm

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Lotus bikes are back!

Iconic British motorsports manufacturer has joined forces with Hope and British Cycling on their latest track bike which they hope will beat the world’s best at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Coming twenty eight years after Chris Boardman famously rode a revolutionary Lotus bike to gold medal in the Barcelona Olympic pursuit, these new Lotus bikes bring the same sense of radical design once again.

Featuring immediately noticeable super wide seat stays and forks that wouldn’t look out of place on a fat bike have surprised many by passing UCI approval. 

Take a look at the video below. What do you think about this shift in design? Do you reckon it will transfer over to the road bike market? Let us know in the comments at the bottom of the page

Click to see the new Lotus Hope bike in action

This photo angle of the new bike below really highlights the shift in design ideas, where the previous notions of close ‘cigarette paper’ clearances are discarded in favour of huge gaps and aerofoil type structures

The front shot really gives you an idea of the stealthy aero foil design that’s been adopted
Side rear view of the new Lotus / Hope bike

In order to get UCI approval for use in the Olympic Games the bikes have to be ridden in events in the lead up to the games. Luckily for us British fans we get an opportunity to see them in action on home ground for the first time at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow, on the weekend of 8-10 November.

Ed Clancy in action on a test ride with the new Hope\Lotus track bike for British Cycling. Manchester Velodrome.

Remember the success the original Lotus track bike from the 1992 Olympics was? Let’s hope Lotus and Hope have the same success in Tokyo

If you’ve never seen the original Lotus bike in action, here’s something special from back when Chris Boardman shocked the cycling world with the gold medal winning display he put on that day

Let’s hope Team GBs riders have the same success in 2020.

By Paul Hudson from United Kingdom – Design Museum, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=56854232

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Watch: Mass Rider Crash At The Mountain Of Hell Event

The Mountain of Hell event in takes place every year at the end of June in Les Deux Alpes giving riders from around the world an MTB derby that starts at the top of a mountain glacier, with 2500m descent over 25 bone shaking kilometres.

The route takes in snow, ice, shingle and rock, and every year the organisers change the route to add adrenaline and spice to the competition.


The final event is on Sunday is the highlight of the weekend. The riders set off in a massed start from the glacier at 3400m, and then it’s downhill in the snow to 900m – giving an incredible 2500m of altitude drop.

With 700 riders ready to hurtle down the mountain it’s like the starting blocks of the 24 hours of Le Mans and you’d be right in thinking there might be a few spills, but this is another level.

We’re glad to hear from friends on the ground that everyone is generally ok, which is something to be very thankful for given the severity and the speeds involved

. The event was eventually won by Frenchman Kilian Bron who was quoted in the French press as saying he reaches speeds of 125km/h which is a whopping 78mph, on the glacier.

Last year I remember, it was about 125 km / h on the glacier, there were 1000 people around me. You had to be in it, no choiceIt is much anticipation and do not let yourself run on adrenaline, […] you have to reason, to do things intelligently to finish in front. “

You can watch his entire race winning awesome run here

Live updates to follow as we get them

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Or check out some of the discount deals we’ve found on mountain bikes in the UK this weekend

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British Junior Men’s Road Series winners – the definitive list

As well as the national junior road race championships, contested over one day, the top junior male cyclists in the UK also get to compete in a season long competition that aims to find the most consistent young riders in the UK.

Racing for the prestigious Peter Buckley trophy, named in honour of a promising Manx champion cyclist who died aged only 24, this series sees the best Juniors from around the country competing on anything from 5 to 12 events depending on logistics. In recent years the competitors also do battle over the multi day Junior Tour of Wales, allowing the calibre of the country’s future international stage race winners to shine through.

We’ve gone through our archives to build what proves to be an interesting list of the cream of the UK’s top young riders. We’ve highlighted which ones went on to ride in the Tour de France, which ones became senior world champions, which ones are in cycling families, which ones ended up riding for Team Sky and which ones set world records.

We’ve had some incredible riders break through on the world stage in recent years. We can only wonder what would have happened to more of the youngsters of the 70s and 80s had their been the support their is now.

Anyway, let’s enjoy their achievements and wonder what success the current crop of youngsters will win for GB on the world stage.

YEARWINNERSECONDTHIRD
1971Tony DaviesJeff MorrisMike Heathcock
1972Stu MorrisPeter HallSteve Fleetwood
1973Dave PenkethJohn HarrisonDave Baronowski
1974Les FleetwoodMike WilliamsAlaric Gayfer
has cycling family
1975Jon KettellGlen MltchellJim Parry
1976Glenn MitchellTony Doyle
became a world champion
John Kettell
1977Steve JoughinShaun FenwickNigel Bloor
1978Mark Bell
has cycling family
Neil Martin
has cycling family
Simon Thomas
1979Mike DoyleJohn WainwrightMalcolm Elliott
1980Darryl Webster
has cycling family
John WainwrightCraig Stevens
1981Keith ReynoldsRob KennisonKevin Davis
1982Chris WalkerKevin ByersRob Kennison
1983Chris Walker
has cycling family
Deno DavieChris Lillywhite
1984Chris LillywhiteSimon CopeWill Mansfield
1985Stuart ColesGlen SwordPaul Brown
1986Lester ClarkeDavid CookAlex Webster
has cycling family
1987Simeon HempsallSimon LillistoneDylan Williams
1988Matt StephensGareth GimsonIan Wright
1989Mark DawesIan BryantToby Pinn
1990Victor SlinnJulian RamsbottomPaul Spencer
1991Mark DolanWill WrightScott Bennett
1992Tim GriffinRichard BruceJeremy Hunt
rode Tour de France
1993Danny AxfordHugh FairgrieveAnthony Malarcyzk
1994James TaylorHuw PritchardPaul Manning
became a world champion
1995Gavin SellenDavid GeorgeRussell Downing
has cycling family
1996Charlie Wegelius
rode Tour de France
Russell Downing
has cycling family
James Griffiths & Graham Hughes
1997Bradley Wiggins
has cycling familybecame a world championwon olympic medalset world recordrode Tour de France
Martin LonieStephen Joseph
1998Richard Heath & Jamie AlbertsJoint 1st PlaceSam Collins
1999Mark BakerStephen Cummings
became a world championrode Tour de Francewon olympic medal
& Tom Southam
Joint 2nd Place
2000Andrew AllanJames BellAlex Coutts
2001Alex CouttsChris Penketh
has cycling family
Ross Adams
2002Adam IllingworthAndrew MurphyChristian Varley
2003Tim WallisRyan BonserMatt Brammeier
2004Geraint Thomas
rode Tour de Francebecame a world championwon olympic medal
Ian FieldAndrew Hill
2005Alex Dowsett
set world recordrode Tour de France
Russell HamptonAlex Atkins
2006Andrew GriffrthsMark McNallySimon Holt
2007Peter Kennaugh
rode Tour de Francehas cycling familybecame a world championwon olympic medal
Luke Rowe
rode Tour de Francewon olympic medal
Mark McNally
2008Erick Rowsell
has cycling family
Luke Rowe
rode Tour de Francewon olympic medal
David Nichols
2009Joe PerrettTim Kennaugh
has cycling family
David Nichols
2010Simon Yates
rode Tour de Francehas cycling familybecame a world championWon Olympic medals
Tom MosesJoshua Edmondson
2011Alistair SlaterLuke Grivell-MellorBrennan Townshend
2012Alex PetersHarry TanfieldTao Geoghegan Hart
2013Jake KellyScott DaviesGabriel Cullaigh
2014Matthew GibsonJames ShawAlexander Braybrooke
2015Etienne Georgi
has cycling family
Joey Walker
has cycling family
Robert Scott
2016Charlie MeredithRobert ScottPeter Kibble
2017Oscar MingayHarry HardcastleDaniel Coombe
2018Mason HollymanSamuel WatsonLewis Askey

Key:

has cycling family Strong cycling family

became a world champion Became a senior world champion

Won Olympic medals Won Olympic medals

set world record Set a UCI World Record

rode Tour de France Rode the Tour de France

You might have noticed some surprising names missing from the list. No Robert Millar, Chris Boardman, Mark Cavendish, Mark Walsham, Ed Clancy, Rob Hayles, Roger Hammond or Dean Downing.
Some developed their endurance later on, others concentrated on track or time trialling and for some travelling the length of the country as a teenager just wasn’t viable. But that’s a feature for another day.
Want more old school cycling knowledge? Check out our pages on the legendary cycling commentator David Duffield

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