Top 5 of 2014 - Moment number 4 – Emergency Bike Build for Pro Matty Trautman at IM Barcelona
December 28, 2014
We arrived in Barcelona the Wednesday before the race and not long after met a surprisingly calm @MattyTrautman. Matty is a pro from SA who had just took the title at Ironman Wales and was going for a podium position in Barce. He informed us that he had been out in Calella for a week and unfortunately was knocked off his bike on a training ride. While Matty had seemed to come out ok his bike was almost snapped in half leaving it with a crack that made it un-useable.
Our mechanic Grant jumped into action. Matty had managed track down a new frame which was being delivered into Barcelona so once he returned he rolled up his sleeves and worked through the day with Grant switching components onto the new frame and getting Matty back into the race. 3 hours later and Matty was getting measured up into his aero position. He was back in the game!!!
Unfortunately Matty had to withdraw from the race as his injuries we’re more involved than he had thought and he still had a winter season to focus on but Matty did go onto to take 5th place at Ironman South Africa on the very bike that was built out in our Race hub in IM Barcelona.
Matty was an absolute pleasure to work with. There was not one point during that incredibly stressful period for him did he stop smiling. We look forward to seeing Matty & his bike out on the European circuit again next year.