Celebrating the end of our fourth season at the Pinarello UK store
Wow that went quick… another successful and hugely enjoyable season has come to an end. To celebrate we made sure we ended it in our usual style at the Pinarello flagship store on Regent Street.
Record numbers joined us to enjoy the opportunity to buy those early Christmas presents and admire some of the carbon hardware, including one of Egan Banal’s Tour winning yellow bikes. Of course there was plenty of opportunity to network and hear from three very different speakers all giving a valuable insight into their cycling careers and history. Richard Hemington, Pinarello UK Managing Director was first up, speaking on his home ‘turf’ and gave some valuable insight intop the brand’s relationship over the years with Team Sky and now Team Ineos with some thoughts on where the industry was going and how the Pinarello brand stood out from their competitors. Richard was also able to introduce Luciano Fusar Poli from Pinarello HQ in Treviso. They both set a high bar for the night and we were fortunate the other two speakers rose to the occasion.
Dan Bigham of HUUB Wattbike, the multiple road and track champion gave an entertaining insight into his career to date. He regaled us with stories of how a bunch of university mates came together to beat the GB team at the at UCI Track world Cup. He also opened up the world of sponsorship, the team’s non-stop training programme and the establishment of the independent state of Derbados, the local area where all the teams’ sponsors and riders are based (aka Derby!). You can find out more about Dan on his Twitter page.
We ended the evening with a very inspiring talk from James Golding, a survivor who has twice beaten cancer to set a 7-day endurance world record and is now training to be the first Brit to win the Race Across America (RAAM). James took us on a journey from initial diagnosis with cancer and a less than 5% chance of survival to being able to just wiggle his toes, to getting on a bike and progressing to riding a serious amount of miles at high speed. Not satisfied with what he has already achieved, James in now aiming to travel across America in 8 days! For a very good cyclist it would take nearer 20.
James’ is an unbelievable story and we wish him the best of luck; we will be supporting him all the way!
Follow James’s journey here.
Throughout the night we also were raising money for Movember, holding a raffle for a limited edition Brooks Movember saddle. Thank you for the donations, we raised over £150 for a fantastic cause. Congratulations Martijn Kleibergen, who walked away with the prize.
Thank you to those who have enjoyed our networking rides and events this year. Over the season, we had over 300 attendees representing over 120 companies.
Enjoy the off season and we look forward to welcoming you back in February 2020.
Look at our 2020 season.