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by Caley Fretz
January 23, 2018
Photography by Caley Fretz
I spotted it the first morning, just after 6:30am, leaning against a fence under the giant inflatable bicycle that looms over the Tour Down Under’s start village complex: A white and blue Colnago C60 dotted with the distinctively colorful cubes of Mapei, a design that remains one of the most beloved in cycling.
That bike, owned by Cameron Harris of Sydney, inspired this little project. Each morning as we rolled out on the daily CyclingTips rides, I’d scour the pack for particularly interesting fan bikes. They could be something I hadn’t seen before, like Andrew Metter’s wooden Renovo, or a simply a bike built with obvious and dedicated purpose, like Leeana James’ Cinelli race bike. I could have added a hundred bikes here, but in the end, I’ll post these special seven: Bikes of the Bunch at the Tour Down Under.
Owner: Leeana James
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
The story: I like race bikes, and in particular race bikes that do not apologize for their devotion to the cause of speed. I asked Leeana for her bike’s story and responded simply: “It’s a super fast crit bike.” It has a curated feel that is perhaps to be expected from someone out of the fashion world, as Leeana is. She says she thinks it’s the only one in Australia — I have no way of confirming this, but it’s certainly the only one I saw at TDU. In a sea of big-brand carbon, this one stood out.
Rod Penfound’s Speedvagen.
Aidan Duff’s FiftyOne.