by Adam Stroobandt, ATC sales manager
For 2011, I decided to race a bike of races past, a bike even more antique than its predecessor, the
infamous Stroobandt Flyer (a Cervelo P3 aluminum, circa 2003). For the Blue Norther duathlon, I raced
on a HOTTA. If you're not familiar with this late 90s bike, in its time it was one of the best and most
advanced frames out there. The Cervelo P4 of 1998, so to speak. The HOTTA was in part designed by
Chris Boardman, a three-time hour record holder. And it turns out, I wasn't the only one thinking retro
this year – triathlon super star Bjorn Andersson also dusted off a HOTTA and raced it at the renowned Abu Dhabi triathlon this year.
I wanted to do the bike justice, so decided to add on a SRAM red drivetrain, a 3T Brezza front end, and
Zipp wheels. Altogether, race weight came in at 18 pounds. Not bad for a frame that’s over a decade
old! I was able to get my position dialed in using a profile design fast forward seatpost, and with the
short head tube, I had no issues getting into a fast fit.
So what you're probably really wanting to know is, how did it ride. It rode fast… I would gladly race this
bike anytime. It was stiff, smooth, and I never felt like it was slowing me down. My legs, on the other
hand, could have done better. In the end it was good enough to go home with first in my age group.
So all of you in the 25-29 age group, be afraid, because I'm rolling up with the not-so-latest, but still-the-greatest in bike technology!
Stay tuned for the next retro bike. Also, you can swing by and see these bikes from the past at Austin