I travelled over to Manchester last week with a small back pack that only contained my beautiful Giro cycling shoes, my passport and food (cannot forget the food!). I was on a 6:20am flight from Dublin (ZERO GLAMOUR but savage on time arrival) and I was a bag of nerves and excitement. I was heading to Sheffield to visit Dave Loughran of Planet X and all the team. Dave and I had been in touch following the Triathlon Ireland awards in November 2014 and Planet X had said they would be happy to sponsor me for the upcoming season (as a student this was great news; but as a Triathlete this was incredible news!). I knew Planet X had backed Ireland’s Olympian and most successful Triathlete to date, Aileen Reid! 🙂 I remember reading (lustfully) about her Planet X sponsorship deal and posing for her picture with her Guru blue N2A bike. Anyway, to find out a company like Planet X were going to sponsor me was incredible.
So back to Sheffield…I was collected at the train station by one of the Planet X crew and taken to HQ. I got a tour of the showroom (fab), a look at the warehouse (jammed with bikes I wanted to ride) and I got a preview of some of the behind the scenes work they were carrying out on some new bike models #bigwheels. After the tour I was taken to meet Planet X founder and owner Dave and given a brief summary of the history behind the company as well as its future goals. Following this I was taken back to the showroom to try on some of the Planet X clothing for size (all of which I got to keep – anything that didn’t fit was ordered. Cool).
Afterwards, we headed for lunch and then it was back for a few photos, followed by the best part of the day- a Retul bike fit with Chris. This was class. It was the most thorough assessment I’ve ever had on a bike which also doubled as a whistle stop bike lesson for me (I know nothing about back arch angles, leg angles, arm reach…say what?!). With the bike fit carried out on an Exocet 2 and carbon road bike it was time for me to get back to the train station in Sheffield (thanks Tom!) and make my way back to Manchester to catch my flight.It was a long day and all go.
I’m beyond proud to be a Planet X sponsored rider and I hope to have as much fun racing and training in the upcoming season. The bikes I’ll be riding are getting a custom Team Planet X paint job so as soon as they arrive I’ll throw up some pics (you’ll know what my favourite colour is then too…).
Actually I should mention we took off in that storm that casted itself over Ireland last week, you know the one that closed schools on the Thursday a.k.a. “Storm Rachel”! My God!!!! My fellow passenger who turned around mid-flight to tell me: “I’m not the best flier. Think the plane will crash with that wind?”. To which I thought, “great. Thanks for sharing…” Obviously we eventually arrived in Dublin (after 3 failed landing attempts, a diversion to Belfast and a turnaround back to Dublin). When my twin met me I was like a “bag of Lego” (to quote Neil Bolger). When I finally got into bed I was praying college would be cancelled so I could sleep! It was, talk about the cherry on the cake.
Happy Friday 🙂