In early 2014, I became a recreational cyclist. I started primarily as a way to start getting in better shape for motorcycle racing and ended up buying an older road bike for very cheap from a local ad online. I quickly started to enjoy riding and decided to start riding with a group to push myself to go further and faster. I hooked up with the Reno Cycling Club and was welcomed with open arms. I was brand new to riding, but I instantly felt welcomed. I began to start riding as much as I could and my passion for cycling quickly grew.
Unfortunately, things in life change and I had to give up motorcycle racing. I still had the desire to push myself and my competitive side, so I decided to enter my first local race. I thought I was ready for what was in store, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. My first race experience had me dealing with average winds of 20-30mph, wind gusts up to 50 mph, and not to mention rain and dust storms on top of all that. I finished the race, but 2 laps down from the rest of the field. This just fueled my desire to do better.
Throughout 2014, I did a few more races, each one getting stronger and placing better. 2015, I joined the Reno Cycling Team and started training harder. I went to a training race down in California and felt okay, but always had the thought in the back of my mind, how much better could I have done if I had a better bike? I had always heard how much better the newer bikes were, but wondered if it was all hype or if there was really something behind it. I decided to purchase a new 2015 Trek Emonda Sl6 with some aero wheels.
My first ride impressions on the new bike were that it was incredible. Lighter, stiffer, faster and almost effortless to ride. The bike accelerates much faster, corners like it’s on rails and tracks straight and true. I quickly noticed that I was able to ride faster than I ever had before. Of course, the real test will come when I have my first race. So the real question is are these new bikes worth all the hype? Only time will tell, but at this point my guess would be: Absolutely yes!