Following back-to-back top-10 finishes in the past two Ironman World Championships, Dirk Bockel is turning to Blue Competition Cycles to help him reach for the ultimate goal when he arrives in Kona, Hawaii, later this year.
Bockel, winner of the 2009 Ironman 70.3 Florida and runner up at the 2010 Abu Dhabi International Triathlon, has agreed to a three-year contact to ride the all-new Blue Triad SL as he sets out to improve on his recent success during the 2011 season.
"This is another step towards an even faster bike split in Kona and will bring me closer to reaching the ultimate goal of winning on the big island," the German-born Bockel said.
"I am very excited and proud to be part of Team Blue. I am going to have one seriously sweet ride."
One of triathlon’s most powerful riders, 34-year-old Bockel will make his Blue debut when he returns to Abu Dhabi on 12 March 2011 aboard a Triad SP, which the company has built up for him using Shimano Di2 components.
When Bockel returns to the US he will be fitted aboard the improved Triad SL, the same ride Germany’s Andreas Raelert pedalled to a second-place Kona finish in 2010.
As part of his fitting, Bockel will spend several hours inside the A2 Wind Tunnel near Charlotte, North Carolina, to fine-tune his aerodynamic position.
The wind tunnel fitting isn’t just for professionals such as Bockel. All consumers who purchase a Blue Triad SL (frame or complete build) or Triad EX (full build only) receive a free one-hour session inside the tunnel, an exclusive offer from Blue.
Built using T800 and T1000 high modulus carbon fibre, the state-of-the-art Triad SL, is ‘Built to Win’. By incorporating breakthrough innovations from previous Triad models as well as Blue’s AC1 road frames, the company believes it has created its ‘fastest, lightest and best-performing Triathlon/TT bike yet.’
Along with increasing the surface area of the bike’s head tube for improved aerodynamics, the new Triad SL also features Super Flow Tube Technology (SFT2) first used on AC1 and AC1SL road frames.
To improve adjustability, the 2011 Triad SL features an aero seat post instead of the previous fixed seat mast as well as wider chains to incorporate the use of many wider wheel models now being introduced.