We had no idea how much fun and excitement following racers on the screen could be. Especially if it’s a race you’ve attended before. The first two days of staring at the screen was just fun; who is first, who rests where, what different routes are being taken, how do all the routes come together in Paris.. No need to mention that office times lost their priority of being working times.
It was the moment of seeing #1 Kristof “KILLER” Allegaert riding through Zurich when fun started turning into pure excitement. And yeah; others were following the route, too! R lost it there and felt the immediate need of being part of this, again. See racers, cheer, talk to them, invite them to something – a drink, food, shower, massage, what the hell ever they need.
Chasing the riders, though, turned to be more difficult than expected. R missed #50 Matthais Müller because of his track not been updated fast enough on the screen. #42 Andrew Allday took a rest not far away – but unfortunately unexpected. He was gone when R arrived. The hunt after #6 Rickie Cotter on Tuesday ended in a surprise; she escaped through the north route around Lake Zurich while R was waiting for her in the southern area. #71 Vasiliki Voutzali was the next target, but somehow jumped over R; at least that’s what the track on the screen had to say about it. R can not deny a certain desperation which turned to disappointment when he got back home, ate dinner, still staring at the screen. The field was getting thinner, and apparently karma was thinking that none needed either a drink or a Swiss chocolate bear. Then, R realized that #5 Matthijs Ligt had been standing at the same spot for quite a while. One last chance, one last hunt, shot - bulls eye!
Mathais was just eating his Spaghetti Bolognaise at an Italian restaurant which he had spotted 2 months ago when he was in Zurich for his training. He recognized R, and yeah, he was still smiling! Good bike, good equipment, good food, good talk, good vibes – right spirit! R believes that this smile will make him achieve his personal goal: arriving in time.. Thank you Mathais for letting us be part of TCR 2014!
Isn’t it Aug 29th soon?
We promise to not mess the AWOL line up earthquake style. We’ll make some small but good improvements and sprinkle a pinch of awesomeness on top of it. You’ll be safe!
We currently don’t offer an AWOL specific aftermarket fender set but the Globe fenders are great and check out Viktor Armbruster’s AWOL HERE. As long as the fenders are metal and offer full coverage, we’ll recommend them all. Every time You put plastic fenders on a steel bike, a baby Panda suffocates and dies. Pls. don’t kill Pandas!
Three is the magic number, three water bottle mounts it is, always on all AWOL’s!
Thanks, appreciate Your stoke!
The new Diverge is like AWOL’s faster and lighter sibling and has a different character than AWOL. Diverge has a endurance racing geometry and built more with speed in mind than utility, though, it still has some of that. The Diverge can ride most roads and is a more “sporty” experience in general, not meant to be a pure touring bike. You wanna do a weekender or some ultra light and fast touring, sure, but if You’re looking at hauling some serious distances with weight and a slower pace, the AWOL is your bike. With the more relaxed geometry (e.g longer wheelbase, more upright position) and bigger tire clearance, the AWOL is better suited for off-road riding. It’s also a material matter. A Diverge in carbon fiber or aluminum or the AWOL in steel. The Diverge is a competent light speed touring machine, the AWOL is more about the journey than the finish line. Diverge’s will see stores this autumn, go ride both and find out yourself