Peter Reid’s Hall of Fame Year

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a very Kona-cen­tric prob­lem. Un­less you’re go­ing to be rid­ing on the Big Is­land or, say, Lan­zarote, on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, you’ll prob­a­bly be fine.

The wa­ter bot­tle stor­age was easy to get used to as well. You’ll never have any rea­son not to head out with two or three wa­ter bot­tles on your bike. While the bike is a bit heav­ier than the P5, you don’t re­ally no­tice the ex­tra weight or the fact that you’ve got three wa­ter bot­tles along with you.

Lough­lin had wanted the en­gi­neers at Cervélo to lis­ten to the athletes she spent so much time with be­fore they built their next bike. They did that and a lot more, com­ing up with a very dif­fer­ent bike. Iron­i­cally, the P5X looks a bit like the orig­i­nal con­cept bike Gerard Vroomen and Phil White, the founders of Cervélo, came up with in the ’90s dur­ing a quest to build the fastest bike in the world. The P5X is the log­i­cal next step in the process – in­stead of wor­ry­ing about a fast bike, they’ve come up with a fast sys­tem that in­cludes not only the bike and rider, but the f lu­ids and nu­tri­tion needs re­quired for a long-dis­tance triathlon event. It’s been quite a year for Peter Reid, the man we put on our very first cover of Triathlon Mag­a­zine Canada in March, 2005. We pro­filed the three-time Kona champ when he was in­ducted into Triathlon Canada’s Hall of Fame – an hon­our that he’d been of­fered many years ago but chose to pass on. It wasn’t un­til Triathlon Canada pres­i­dent Tim Wil­son made a per­sonal trip out to see Reid that he was fi­nally con­vinced to ac­cept.

In Oc­to­ber Reid was in­ducted into the Ironman Hall of Fame, too, along with for­mer Ironman pres­i­dent, Lew Fried­land. It was Fried­land who re­ally charted Ironman’s global ex­pan­sion start­ing in 1999 with the creation of events in North Amer­ica (that was the year Ironman Lake Placid and Ironman Florida started up), Europe (Ironman Aus­tria) and Asia (Ironman Malaysia). Over the en­su­ing few years even more races were brought into the Ironman sched­ule, in­clud­ing events in France, South Africa, the United King­dom, Aus­tralia and Korea. The rapid global ex­pan­sion of Ironman rac­ing was due to Fried­land’s vi­sion. In an interview with Fried­land in 2000, when asked why he felt Ironman rac­ing was ready for such an ag­gres­sive ex­pan­sion, he said “Ironman is where marathon run­ning was in the late ’70s and ’80s.”

Reid’s ex­ploits are, of course, well known to us here in Canada. In ad­di­tion to his three Kona wins he took seven other ti­tles, in­clud­ing a sprint to the line win over Chris Legh in 1998.

The P5X gets a cus­tom Biknd He­lium case

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