Blog 4 – Tour of the Dragon, The Bike Design!

Jame’s Bike design.

James has now taken delivery of his new 29” mountain bike made specifically for him for the ‘Tour Of the Dragon Race on the 6th September.

With four Himalayan passes to ascend, each over 3000m in height as part of the 268km race route, and in excess of 12 hours in the saddle, his choice of bike is crucial when it comes to the design, especially taking into account the weight and comfort.

To get the right design and component set up James went to Clee Cycles, a local company that specialise in competitive level bike design and build. The Proprietor Andy Jones has run Clee cycles for over 8 years and competes himself at an international level. Clee cycles is the home of Tourus bikes which is a Titanium frame designed by Andy and offers the highest design and build possible with a light weight material. Add to this the 29” wheels and top end components and you get a bike set up speciafically for James and this race in mind that weighs in at just over 10KG.

Whats been great about the build up to the race so far is that Live The Adventure Director ‘Anthony’ has put together the first UK rider to compete in the race as part of his continued work in adventure travel and as part of work he is doing in promoting Bhutan. His choice of rider up for the challenge that he will escort and film is James Griffiths. Both Anthony and James grew up in the same Shropshire village and have been friends for many years. The bike design and build was completed with the help of Andy Jones who is also a local Shropshire business owner that Anthony and James have known for many years. Its been great to be able to team three local people working together on a single international event.

James returns this week from time away with his family (and his new bike!) and we will focus the next blog on his final training and preparation for the race. James is competing the race for Spinal Research and any support to the charity will help spur him on with race day quickly approaching. To dontate please visit our just giving site by clicking on this link: DONATE

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