This is a handlebar video of Team Globalbike executing a near perfect 4man leadout for the final sprint in a 60lap points race at the “mellowdrome” in Asheville, NC. This is a great video to see how a leadout gets organized and is executed. For this sprint, Kyle Knott is the designated sprinter and is already leading the points race. The last sprint is double points, so it is critical for Kyle to do well in this sprint to maintain his lead. Leadouts are all about making it as easy as possible for the sprinter and as difficult as possible for everyone else.
Here are the steps to this leadout:
1. Josh Whitmore (with the camera) collects Kyle from the middle of the group
2. Josh leads Kyle towards the front to get in position. Big effort by Josh, Kyle gets free ride.
3. Boyd Johnson and Noah Metzler are already near the front
4. When Josh gets up to Boyd, he and Kyle slot in behind Boyd. Josh gets to rest a bit now, Kyle still getting free ride.
5. Boyd moves the 3 of us farther forward in the group
6. When the 3 of reach Noah, we all slot in behind Noah
7. Noah goes to the front and ramps up the pace as much as he can
8. Globalbike is in control now, 4 people on the front and increasing the pace
9. Other riders behind now need to make big efforts to move up in the group or come around our leadout train
10. Noah goes as hard as he can for a lap then pulls off, Boyd goes as hard as he can for a lap then pulls off, Josh goes as hard as he can for 3/4 lap. The pace is steadily increasing this whole time.
11. With 200m to go, the speed is 36mph
12. Kyle comes around with fresh legs, the starting speed is so high, it is nearly impossible for anyone to come around him at the line.
Josh had the opportunity to tell some stories from the Ride Climb Transform trip in Africa on the Two Johns Podcast. He was on just after “Western Superfan” and before Dave Towle. If you’ve been wondering what the trip was like, have a listen. Click on the image below.
Listen to Josh's interview on the Two Johns Podcast
We enjoyed a full house at the Hub Bub Showroom in Spartanburg as the first Ride Climb Transform Presentation went live. The presentation included a complete description of each of the segments of the trip in Africa, including the 400km bike ride from Nairobi to the south slopes of Kilimanjaro, the 5 day trek to the 19,300ft summit of the mountain, and the transformative power of the 115 bicycles that we gave away during the trip. Check out the news article in Spartanburg Herold Journal.
More presentations are being planned for Greenville, SC and Asheville, NC in the coming month. If you missed the event in Spartanburg, come check us out at the other locations.
The Rock Hill Classic is always an important event for the team. Throughout its 31 year history, Rock Hill has remained one of the biggest and most prestigious races in the Southeast. In 2010, the team played the road race perfectly, delivering sprinter David Forkner to victory. Returning for 2011, the team knew there would be targets on our backs.
Fielding 9 people in the race, Globalbike meant business in the Winthrop Lake Criterium. A series of counter attacks saw Thad Dulin away with two other riders. The lap counter showed 25 to go. The gap slowly grew as the rest of the team busied itself shutting down chase attempts and tacking themselves on the back of any group attempting to bridge. In true Thad style, he attacked with 2 laps to go, taking the win solo. FINE JOB THAD!
Check out the video of Thad coming across the line and video of post race interview
The first opportunity to hear about Globalbike’s recent trip to Africa is coming up soon on April 6th in Spartanburg, SC. Come check it out!
What: Ride, Climb, Transform Presentation by Globalbike. Hear about the trip, 115 bicycle giveaway, ride from 500k ride from Nairobi, Kenya to Marangu, Tanzania, and climb of Mount Kilimanjaro. See the amazing photos and video of the trip. Participate in the panel discussion and interact with the participants. Oh, and also enjoy some good food and beverages. We’ll present on what we have accomplished and what we plan to do next.
The suggested donation is $10 to cover the cost of the food etc.
Photos for Sale: We’ll have the professional quality photos of the trip by Carroll Foster of Hot Eye Photography for sale. He’ll have samples, you can order prints at the event.
T-shirts: To help continue to raise money for Globalbike endeavors, we encourage you to purchase a Ride Climb Transform T-shirt. Go to the Globalbike organization website and go to the donation page. Donate $20 and in the subject line, say T-shirt and include the size. If you pre-order by 3/28 we’ll have your shirt ready for pick up at the event.
Other Events: If you miss this opportunity, there will be other chances to see the presentation. We’re currently planning events in Greenville and Asheville.