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Tom Lowe's Cervélo P5
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Saturday 23rd March 2013


Tags  Cervelo  |  Cervelo P5  |  Tom Lowe


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With the Ironman Asia Pacific Championships, Melbourne just a few hours away, it's time to complete our preview of the British Pro entrants and their rides. We've spoken to Corinne Abraham and checked our her Trek Speed Concept. We got the lowdown on Craig Twigg's preparations, and had a look at his Holdsworth Triath-Elan.

We also had a good catch-up with former British Ironman record holder Tom Lowe... but what will the big man, known as 'The Lung', be riding? Here is the answer to that - and serious bike bling it is too. Meet Tom Lowe's fully pimped Cervélo P5 Six.

(All images © www.robholdenphotography.com)


Even a quick glance tells you that this is a 'no compromises' bike, ready for one of the best cyclists in the sport. At 6 feet 5 inches tall, it's not a small frame either. The P5 'Six' is the fastet (non-UCI legal) incarnation of arguably the fastest bike in the world.

Tom Lowe's Cervélo P5 ahead of the Ironman Asia Pacific Championships, Melbourne, 2013

The bike might well be bling... but just like the rest of us, a trusty piece of insulation tape marks the correct saddle height on this machine.

Tom Lowe's Cervélo P5 ahead of the Ironman Asia Pacific Championships, Melbourne, 2013

A very clean front end to Tom's bike features the 3T Aduro™ aerobar with hidden cables, Shimano Di2 electronic shifters, a TorHans Aero 20 water bottle - with the Magura RT8 brake levers operating the P5 specific Madura hydraulic brake calipers.

Tom Lowe's Cervélo P5 ahead of the Ironman Asia Pacific Championships, Melbourne, 2013

Tom's saddle choice is an ISM Adamo Breakaway with what looks like the front of the saddle rails zip-tied, to bring the saddle 'prongs' of the increasingly popular ISM brand closer together to meet his personal comfort needs. A behind-the-saddle cage hides away his Cytomox nutrition - and hopefully, he won't be needing the puncture repair canister.

Tom Lowe's Cervélo P5 ahead of the Ironman Asia Pacific Championships, Melbourne, 2013

The front end of Tom's Melbourne ride.

Tom Lowe's Cervélo P5 ahead of the Ironman Asia Pacific Championships, Melbourne, 2013

A Shimano Dura Ace SRM powermeter with Di2 shifting. No head unit for the powermeter present - on these images at least - so we're wondering if Tom will race on feel or power? Perhaps a Garmin or SRM will appear on the aero bars on race day...

As noted in our interview earlier in the week, Tom will be riding HED wheels this year, this weekend being a rear Stinger disc and front Stinger 9. Both are tubular, glued with Continental Competition tubs.

Tom Lowe's Cervélo P5 ahead of the Ironman Asia Pacific Championships, Melbourne, 2013

Still 'only' (!) 10-speed, might be one of very few upgrades (?) possible to this extremely high-spec machine.

Tom Lowe's Cervélo P5 ahead of the Ironman Asia Pacific Championships, Melbourne, 2013

Relaxed and ready to race, Tom Lowe with his race ready Cervélo P5.

Tom Lowe's Cervélo P5 ahead of the Ironman Asia Pacific Championships, Melbourne, 2013

(All images © www.robholdenphotography.com)


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