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Tucson is known for poor roads. Because of this, David has taken to bringing a cyclocross bike and fat tires – seen here with his brand new disc brake-equipped Felt.
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Unfortunately, the weather was unseasonably cold when we arrived. SRAM had a group ride planned for Monday, but cancelled it when pouring rain and snow blew in. David modified his schedule to include a second swim that day in lieu of the ride.
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Tuesday brought drier conditions. David prepares to roll out for a ride with Gear West Bike and Triathlon owner, Kevin O’Connor. They would eventually ride for 8 hours, to the snowy top of Mt Lemmon.
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David is sponsored by SRAM. He races on Red, but has Force on his ‘cross bike.
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Felt is on the disc brake bandwagon. David has Avid BB7 Road calipers, with 160mm front and 140mm rear rotors. Wheels are tubeless-compatible OEM models from Felt, as Zipp (his wheel sponsor) does not yet officially offer a disc brake wheel.
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In his own words – “I’m not afraid to roll the fatties.”
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David rides with a 175mm Quarq S975 crank on his cyclocross bike.
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After a few days with the crew from SRAM, we transferred to our base for the remainder of the week. As you can see, David travels in style to swim practice.
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David swims in the evenings at the University of Arizona outdoor pool.
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This is a very familiar view for Tucson residents – from Mt Lemmon.
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The road climbs up, up, up.
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Unfortunately, flat tires happen.
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The culprit? A thumb tack.
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After fixing the flat tire, we continued climbing.
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Sometimes the brain demands caloric density in any form available.
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The blur that is David Thompson.
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After several long days, David gets massage and acupuncture at Descending Dragon Health Center in Tucson.
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This is a scene that David Thompson knows well – packing up the bike.