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Chrissie Wellington's Cervelo P2C popular

Written by: Herbert Krabel
Date: Thu Aug 07 2008

When Chrissie Wellington recently stormed to a second place overall finish at the Alpe d'Huez triathlon she put her competitors on notice that the Ironman Hawaii win wasn't a fluke. More keen observers had already noted her fast bike split in Hawaii and that she rode a Cervelo P2C and not on the flagship P3C. What blasphemy. The assumption was that moving forward Chrissie had "earned the right" to be on a P3C, but as of today she still rides a P2C and will be on a P2C in Hawaii. For our "the bikes of the pros" series we take a closer look at her Cervelo P2C as she rides it outside of Hawaii.

ST: We recently interviewed Brett Sutton and it sounds like he has quite a bit of input when it comes to your bike. How much do you decide or actually care in that regard?

Chrissie: As I am so new to triathlon, Brett has had a big input into everything I do, and the bike is no exception. He told me to ride the P2 rather than the P3, as he thinks I am better suited to it. I don’t question or argue – I just follow orders! This is an autocracy, not a democracy…☺ No seriously, I trust his judgment and am happy to stick with the P2. I feel comfortable on it, and it is what I am used to – which gives me peace of mind. Regarding the set up, again I trust Brett. I agree with his view that my bike handling skills are not good enough for me to get the benefits out of a TT set up, on most courses other than Hawaii, which is why I have road bars. This means that I don’t lose so much time on descents and corners as I would do if I was on a full TT set up.

I do care about the set up, but only in terms of comfort. I play around with the position of the saddle and the bars, and have enough of a ‘feel’ for the bike to know what is right for me, although Brett has also given his input on this, and tells me to go up/down or forward/back.

ST: What bike did you ride prior to the Cervelo we saw you on in Kona?

Chrissie: A blue shopper, with a basket and a nice big bell! Hee hee… No, my first road bike was a third hand Peugeot, which I bought in 2004 from a friend for the bank-breaking price of £300 - which I thought was very expensive at the time! It had toe clips (and still does), and now has pride of place in my parent’s garage. My next bike was a Klein. It was purple and called Calvin. I bought it second hand (I was as tight as a ducks butt when it came to investing in my ‘ride’!) from a friend for £600. I still have the frame, and the 105 components. This was the bike that I won the World Age Group Championships on in 2006 and I rode it until June last year, when I was given the Cervelo Soloist, which was quickly replaced by the P2 when I won IM Korea and we realized I needed to get my butt on a TT bike for Hawaii.

ST: Will you be on a different bike in Kona in terms of setup and paint?

Chrissie: I will have the P2C in Kona, but with TT bars. As for a paint job….perhaps, if it will make me go faster!

Chrissie Wellington bike details and numbers:
- frame: Cervelo P2C 2008
- size: 54
- bar drop: 15 cm
- saddle setback: 1.5cm in front of BB (tip to center of BB)
- saddle height: 72.5cm (center of BB to center of saddle)
- fork: 3T FUNDA
- seat post: Cervelo carbon
- saddle: Fizik Arione Tri 2
- stem: 3T ARX Team, 115mm
- bars: at the moment 3T Ergos Team
- extensions: Profile Design T2+
- cranks: 172.5 SL-K Light FSA (hollow carbon) 39-53
- rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace
- front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace
- shifters: Shimano Dura-Ace STI
- cassette: Shimano training in Switz 12-25 and racing 11-23
- chain: Shimano HG
- brake levers: Shimano Dura-Ace STI
- brakes: Shimano Dura-Ace
- wheels: training on HED Ardennes (clinchers) and race on HED JET 60s (clinchers)
- tires: training on Continental Grand Prix (raced on these in Alpe D’Huez), race wheels have Continental 4000
- bottle cages: Elite Carbon
- pedals: Look Keo Carbon


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Profile Extension 5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by: David, Jan 27 2011 1:22AM

How did shoe mount the profile t2 bars? Did she flip the mount to install the bars under the drop? In that case, how did she raise the arm support to cleae the road bar? [Publisher's note: this is an old story. There were methods to do this using longer screws and spacers. But Profile Design now has factory-built options for this mount.]

How Refreshing 5 out of 5 stars

Boulder CO

Reviewed by: John, Aug 7 2008 9:42AM

What a great sight to see that someone can rise to the very top of the sport without a radical, unobtainable bike. As an age grouper, seeing Chrissie winning with standard drop bars and a road helmet eases my conscience about not having the absolute latest gear