I'm proud and honored to announce I will be sponsored by Breezer Bikes this year for mountain bike races. For the past two years I've wanted to get back into mountain biking and with the endurance scene exploding I figured this will be a great year to give it a go. All my training over the past years have focused around endurance and I started racing off road so now I figured I'll put the two together. It's going to take a bit of off road training to get the results I would like, but I'm very excited to do the work. It will be a change of scenery. All the while I will still be focused on my road cycling with the Astellas Oncology Cycling Team.
Most of you know my history with Breezer Bikes. I've owned a Breezer ever since my 3rd year in racing. I owned, and still have a Breezer Venturi. I've raced that bike from juniors, through college, and even a few early season pro races before team bikes arrived. I received my Breezer Jet Stream mountain bike from my dad. I had that until 2 years ago when the new line of Breezers came out and they sent me a new Thunder to try out. This year they are sponsoring me with a Cloud 9, which is a full carbon 29er. (A lot more on that bike to come)
For now here is a few pics of my Breezers over the years.
The Orginial. My dad got a great deal on the Dura Ace 25th group. I was a very fortunate kid.
Did get another one a few years later that was a size bigger. Turned out to be slightly to big. Luckily hung onto the other one as well.
The Jet Stream I got handed down from my dad. It was originally painted in a Ruby Red color that was pretty. My dad had that thing blinged out with "Paul" components. I thought he had them personalized at first! This is after it got repainted a few years later and had parts updated.
Here is the Thunder I got sent to me two years ago. Breezer stopped making mountain bikes for a while and focused on commuting bikes. As most of us forget a lot bikes are a great form of transportation. I didn't even get my license till I was 18 as I rode every where. I don't even have a car now and ride most places.
After a few years I had my Venturi repainted and update with parts, it was 2006. It is like this today, but a new update might be needed as the parts are starting to wear out. Things tend to wear out after thousands of miles. Maybe I should just get the new updated Venturi to go with the Cloud 9 I will be racing this season.
Pictures/videos and ride quality of the Cloud 9 to come through out the year. I'm sure there will be plenty of good stories to go along