Chris McCormack’s Ironman World Championship victory owed a lot to a perfectly-paced run. But it was an aggressive bike leg that put him in pole position for the marathon. Here, we take a look at Macca’s Specialized Shiv, and review the bike that carried him to an historic title.
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Macca’s Shiv is built with SRAM Red components and standard-style 900TT shifters rather than SRAM’s R2C shifters. McCormack’s mechanic says that Chris has a laid-back attitude about his bike and doesn’t concern himself with the details on his bike.
His is riding Zipp 808 Firecrest tubulars. These brand-new race wheels got the special treatment and are covered with a custom set of red and white stickers, to match his frame, with “Chris Macca McCormack” emblazoned on them.
Macca will sit on a Specialized Roman saddle. His version has “Test Saddle” written across the back. He rides on Speedplay Zero pedals with a titanium spindle. He has a single bottle holder on his frame and another between his arms. His mechanic may add another behind the saddle before the race.
Macca doesn’t ride with a power meter and, in fact, doesn’t even have a standard cycling computer on his bike. He will be riding totally on feel if he tries to break out of the pack and come into T2 with a lead.
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