Three time Ironman Brazil champion and 2007 Ironman 70.3 World Championship runner up Oscar Galindez will help debut the new Merida Time Warp Carbon TT bike in a few week at Ironman Brazil. Not only will he help at the unveiling presentation before the race but he will ride the new bike in his quest to win another Ironman Brazil title in his country of residence.
Galindez previously had a Cervelo P3C but earlier this year landed Merida as his new bike sponsor and was outfited with the top-end bike at the time, their Warp 9 triathlon bike. A seamless aluminum bike frame with an egg-shaped head tube, light-weight carbon fork and proven multisport geometry. He used that bike a few weeks ago in his win at the Argentina Long Distance Triathlon Championship. That ride didn't last long as now comes the time to upgrade him to the new top-end bike that Merida has, the Time Warp Carbon TT.
Merida's main focus had been high end mountain bikes with a general line of road and fitness bikes. The exponential growth in the sport of triathlon in South America and around the world has led them to change focus and set their sights on high end triathlon and time trail bikes, something that many people had been waiting for. They started with the Merida Warp line which has its origin from the legendary Centurion aluminum bicycle. It's legendary in the triathlon world as it's the bike that Dave Scott road for year and won 6 Ironman Hawaii titles with and that Thomas Hellriegel used in 1996 and set the bike course record with at Ironman Hawaii in a time of 4:24:50.
The brains behind the Centurion line Juergen Falken has been with Merida since the brand was absorbed many years ago. He's helped Merida design high end mountain bike but has been itching to get back into designing high end road and time trial bikes. His dreams and passion have progressed and become reality in a few weeks with the debut of the Time Warp Carbon TT bike in competition in Brazil.
The new bike features a carbon frame, a unique, interchangeable carbon shell head tube positioner that's aero dynamic, rear hidden brake, a seat post that looks integrated but is not and a four position saddle clamp that gives the bike an angle of 75 to 79 degrees. No price is mentioned as of yet.
In conjunction with Funfsports, Merida is organizing a presentation to the public and press on Friday, May 29th, at 6:00 PM (Brazil time) at the Hotel Il Campanario and will be broadcast live over the internet. Falken and Galindez be showing of the bike and talking about the design of the bike and issues such as efficiency and optimization when pedaling. Registration is required if you plan to be present because it's limited to 150 attendees. See link for details: www.funfsports.com/hotsites/merida-time-warp/
Back in 1986 when Falken was 26, he finished Ironman Hawaii in 296th position with a time of 10:16:03. Falken is now 46 and is happy as a child with a new toy. He is so excited and motivated with his new creation that it has sparked his desire to do an Ironman race and get back to Hawaii. He too will be competing at Ironman Brazil, presumably with his new toy as well. He hopes to qualify in the 45-49 age group.
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