A new Cervelo for Velo Sunshine Coast debut
21 June 2017
When Brisbane cyclist Pip McGlinn makes her Velothon Sunshine Coast debut on board her new Cervelo S5, she will definitely be the envy of the peloton.
Cycling was Pip’s main form of transport as a teenager but over the years she has developed into a passionate rider both on and off road. By entering Velothon Sunshine Coast, Pip was the lucky winner of the all new Cervelo S5, which is the talk of the cycling world with its ‘out of the box” speed and classic road handling.
“I started by commuting to work (about a 50 min hilly ride from The Gap into Brisbane CBD) and then joined work colleagues on morning river loops but I’ve really taken to cycling more seriously and consistently over the past 10 years. I normally try to do three rides per week – two indoor cycle classes at Cam’s Cycle Centre at West End, Brisbane and one longer outdoor ride on the weekend with friends.”
“I still enjoy commuting into work now and then, when I can get myself organized and I try to squeeze in an afternoon mountain bike ride on the weekends too.”
Pips said a highlight of her earlier years of riding was doing the Ride to Conquer Cancer (twice), a two-day ride of 100km each day.
“That was a great achievement, lots of fun and we raised a lot of money for cancer research but I’ve also enjoyed combining cycling with travelling – having ridden down the west coast of NZ’s South Island (epic) and I’ve also given the Lake Taupo Challenge a go.”
“About 18 months ago, I started mountain biking and I really love it as it combines my two favourite things – cycling and being out in the bush. I’ve made a great group of new friends through MTB and the growth in the sport for women is great to see. Unfortunately, I’ve struggled to stay on the bike at times and have had two stacks in the past year that have resulted in surgery. I’ve just received clearance last week to get back on the road cycling again – thank goodness.”
The upgrade to the new Cervelo S5 has Pip motivated to get fit and back out on the road and back in the saddle, the next challenge on her list is Velothon Sunshine Coast.
“I love riding up at the Sunshine Coast – the scenery is beautiful and the road conditions are really good for cycling, so the Velothon Sunshine Coast is an important event for me. It has been a while since I’ve done a road cycling event of that distance (and with those hills) so I’ll need to train for it. But it will put me in good form for a trip to France in early September with my tri friends - we’ll be cycling around the Cevennes region for a week.”
“After that, I’ll be training for the Noosa tri. Cycling is my strongest leg, so I’ll be looking to do that leg well,” Pip said.
“My last bike is a Scott Contessa CR1 carbon framed bike. I’ve had it for more than 5 years and while it has served me very well, I had been thinking it’s about time for a new bike. I can’t wait to unleash the Cervelo on the climbs and descents of the Sunshine Coast hinterland. I am very excited – very lucky. It’s a great bike – although now I’m thinking my bike’s going to look so much more ‘pro’ than I do J.”
“To me, a great bike is one that you inherently just want to get up (early) and ride. It’s a motivator. I’m really excited about riding the Cervelo. Lately, I’ve been focusing more on technique to improve my power and speed. Together with the S5 – I’m hoping the combination will result in more enjoyable longer weekend rides and improved performance at event rides - including the Velothon Sunshine Coast,” she said.