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No Shimano at Port Ironman!!

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So Shimano will not be present at Ironman this year for the first time in ages. 

I'm sure many will have stories about how the Shimano guys got them to the race or through the race.  Ive been on the sidelines with them watching some of their race day work and it is seriously impressive what they get through and how calm and professional they are, and the amount of work they get through on Sat afternoon and Sunday pre race is incredible. The boys work very hard and long hours ,,,, and Shimano have to pay Ironman for the privilege. 

Will be interesting to see who, if anyone steps up to the plate for this year. 

Id be double checking my race prep for my bike if I was racing this year. 

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I guess it does :( But I am reading the info guide now and it says...

Bike mechanic support will be available during the
IRONMAN Sport & Lifestyle Expo located at Town Square on Thursday and Friday.
On Saturday and Sunday the Bike Mechanics will be located at Transition, Westport Park.
Saturday – 10.30am – 4.00pm
Sunday – 4.15am – 6.00am (and then available on course)

Edited by MissJess

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Thought I would ask Shimano directly:

From Matt Bazzano,  Managing Director of Shimano Aust. Cycling

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Hey Peter,

That's correct - unfortunately we won't be attending one of our more favoured events this year.
Put simply, the expectation placed by IM simply made it commercially unviable for us, despite the long association we've had.
We know competitors will arrive and be disappointed with our service not being offered.
And we also are disappointed at not having the opportunity to be with and to support our customers - but it's out of our control.

I can only support your sentiments in promoting all athletes ensure their equipment is serviced and checked by their LBS - and be ready.
We also want wish everyone the best of luck and hope they enjoy the day,

Matt

Matt Bazzano
Managing Director

 

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Probably 30% off the top.....

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2 minutes ago, RunBrettRun said:

Roxii would be keen to hear ironmans take on this as well?

Will see what I can do. 

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Maybe they got a better offer. Loyalty doesn't account for much these days.....

But...............

Ironman are very lucky they have lots of loyal customers in us athletes.

Edited by IronmanFoz
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Carry more tubes and co2, and hope to god the third world roads don't slash a tyre.

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22 minutes ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

No such thing as "on-course support" back when IM was hard. :)

Ironman was never hard :o  :P:lol: 

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I ride Campag mostly, so never been an issue for me but when I rode the Tour of Flanders Sportive years ago, I saw how busy they were at an aid station and was quite impressed.

In terms of tri, I don't ever recall seeing any on course support at any race I've done ( but probably wasn't looking!)

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They fixed a wheel for me and also I borrowed a front wheel back in Forster times. 

FM

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This is disappointing and sets an alarming trend that sponsors will have to pay more for accessing these events to provide help!

What would stop them setting up on their own??? Just outside of transition .....

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5 minutes ago, Rimmer said:

What would stop them setting up on their own??? Just outside of transition .....

I assume they would then become “outside assistance” 

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5 minutes ago, Rimmer said:

This is disappointing and sets an alarming trend that sponsors will have to pay more for accessing these events to provide help!

What would stop them setting up on their own??? Just outside of transition .....

I would imagine the billing might get complicated?

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i feel sorry for the koreans riding singles without glue.  lol.

 

Gee's Shimano have done an excellent job over the years, sad the relationship has ceased, not a good thing for anyone.

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8 hours ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

No such thing as "on-course support" back when IM was hard. :)

Unless you were a visiting overseas pro

Edited by Mike Del

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