Today I bring you Dylan Seguin as an Amigo's guest blogger. Dylan manages the Team Clif Bar Athlete Sponsorship program and is an avid road racer and cyclist. Salsa supplied some custom painted Team CLIF Podios to the team. I asked Dylan to do a post on the Podio. Check out what he and other CLIF Bar riders have to say.
Riding & Smiling & Racing on the Team-Issue TCB Podios
In 2009 the Team Clif Bar Cycling squad started racing on the all-scandium Salsa Podio frame with the Alpha Q GS10 fork.
Over here at Team Clif we'd worked with Salsa for a couple seasons through the Boulder-based Clif Bar Development Cyclocross Team, so we were already big fans of the Salsa Chili con Crosso.
When it came time to track down a bike sponsor for the road team in '09 it was an easy decision to first check in with Jason at Salsa. Our hope was that he'd be interested in expanding the existing CX relationship to include the NorCal-based TCB road team as well as the pro TCB Cyclocross duo of Troy & Brady. Fortunately, Salsa was launching the new Podio road frameset so it made sense for Salsa to have a team race the rig like nobody's business (whatever that expression means). Jason and I started hatching a master plan and when it was all said & done the Team Clif Podios were created in all their glory - sprayed white with red & green decals to compliment the TCB kits Capo had put together for us.
So far this season we've raced the heck out of the Podios here in California; Jeff is ripping around Bozeman on his; JD just headed to Belgium to show the Podio off in some races over there; Eric was recently flying the colors in New Mexico; Troy raced his at the Giro di Jersey; I'm taking mine on the road to race in Idaho & Montana this July; the team's won a couple races on the Podios and chalked up a number of nice results; and we've even done our share of crash testing too - with the Podio holding up better than my femur in one such test back in February.
The gist of it is that the guys absolutely love their Salsa Podios. Here are what a few of them had to say about their shiny (or in some cases not so shiny anymore - scratched up & dented is more accurate for a few of them - "well loved") white race bikes:
"The Podio is hands-down the best-handling bike I have ever ridden in my 10+ years of racing. Light, stiff with good ride quality...all you can ask for in a great race bike." Eric W.
"I have a half season in on my Podio and it's working like a charm. It's super quick and snappy in the crits yet comfortable for the road races." Mark S.
"Great acceleration, great stiffness but not too stiff, and excellent handling. The Salsa Podio incorporates everything you want in an alloy frame and is still incredibly comfortable." Joe I.
"The bikes are super responsive. You stand on the pedals and get an awesome jump." Aaron B.
"For several of us our first ride on the Podios was a crit... they didn't disappoint. Stiff, predictable ride that was easy to feel confident on." Josh R.
It's refreshing to race on a capable frameset that can be purchased without breaking the bank. For the rider looking to hop on a very race-worthy ride at a good price the Podio is a great choice. Every rider on the Team Clif squad has spent time racing much more expensive bikes, but it's telling when the relatively affordable full-scandium frameset ends up being the riders' favorite.
Thanks for the support Salsa. You've got a bunch of Podio fans here at Team Clif Bar.
Dylan Seguin manages the Team Clif Bar Athlete Sponsorship Program and races on a Salsa Podio as a member of the TCB Cycling squad.
Please visit the Team Clif Bar Blog for more TCB athlete stories.
Dylan, thanks to you too. We are honored to be part of the CLIF Bar Team Program.
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Growing up as a Minnesota farm boy, I developed an appreciation and love for land and open space. This appreciation has fostered two passions, cycling and photography. Both of these passions provide freedom, encourage me to explore and foster creativity. More importantly though, my journey with a bike and a camera reminds me that the world is big and I am small.