I stopped on Sunset Drive in Monterey, got my iPhone out, started riding again, and recorded an audio note. The Mclaren Venge test ride was such a complexity of emotions, I wanted to make sure I captured what I was thinking before riding other bikes at the Specialized Global Launch.
I was blown, elated, and amazed. Indicating my state of mind, at the end of the recording I thanked myself – I think for the bike attack I made (on myself) up Carmel Hill. Between loud breaths and the drivetrain, you can hear me blabbering. Also cursing.
Note: This version is bleeped. The unedited version contains NSFW language.
I’ve experienced religion just a few times on the bike. DFL at Nationals (CX), riding in India, China, medaling and riding the Mclaren Venge. It feels like what millions of dollars spent in an F1 lab does. It’s dialed. The bike feels literally glued to the road. It feels like there’s ground effects going on and just propels you. Could’nt have been a better test experience to hop from group to group that were dealers testing. I just (bleep) railed it and uh, went so hard I blew up. So I needed more fuel. More horsepower for that ride. It’s one of the best bikes I’ve ridden. (Thanks).