Friday, May 15, 2009

Rider Profile - Steve Kanowski


1. What bike do you ride?
I ride my trusty Bianchi carbon with Campag. There is just something about that bike that makes me want to stick with it. Even when my I had my Trek TTX I would always pull out "Bertha" the Bianchi for my long ride.
2. What would be your dream bike?
Being a Triathlete it has to have aerobars on it!! The new Bianchi time trial bike with full Campag record and Zipp deep rim carbon wheels would probably do me. However I am not the biggest bike fanactic so I am happy with anything that is light and fast (with aerobars!)
3. What's your day job?
I am the Deputy Principal at Kin Kora State School. My job entails getting cranky at naughty kids amoung other things.
4. What's your favourite ride?
My favourite ride locally has to be the Saturday morning Summer Smashfest out to Targinne and around the block. This ride followed by a 10km run certainly makes my legs feel alive!My other favourite ride a do most school holidays with a couple of mates starts at Stones Corner in Brisbane and goes over Mt TAmborine and down to the Broadbeach Surf Club. From there it is a swim at the beach followed by a counter meal and a few beers. Normally after this it is a ITT to the Robina Train Station to catch a lift home.
5. Most memorable biking experience?
My most memorable biking experience would be when I had a week long training camp in France at the base of the Alp Du Huez. Everyday we would set out and ride some of the famous Tour de France climbs such as the Alp Du Huez (we even ran up it!) and the Col de Galiber. Bloody tough rides but awesome scenery and decents.From a competition point of view, riding under the hour for 40km at the 2007 World Triatlon Champs in Hamburg, Germany was definately a highlight.
6. Least memorable biking experience?
Least memorable experinece emotionaly would have to be the day after Luke Harrop was hit by a car on the Gold Coast. While I wasn't that close to Luke one of my good mates, Craig O'Connel was also hit and suffered a fractured back and ankle. We were due to race that afternoon in the national grand prix series but we went to visit Craigo first. As we were leaving we saw Luke's family all hugging each other in tears (turns out that it was the point they decided to turn off life support). The race that afternoon started with a roll around the course in memory of Luke (even though he hadn't been pronounced dead). During the race nobody's mind was really on racing and everyone went through the motions and just finsihed. As the last competitor finished they announced Luke had passed away. All very emotional stuff.As for tough days in the saddle, a ride to Bundy with Prue in the lead up to Ironman definately takes the cake in terms of toughest! It turned out to be 200km of rain and headwind and definately the toughest day of training in my life.
7. Bike rider you admire the most?
I really admire the guys in Ironman that nudge the 4 hour mark for 180km and then run a 2.40 marathon! Guys liike Chris McCormack, Chrissie Wellington and Tojborn Simballee and even the old school guys like Jurgen Zack and Luc Van Lidre (I know you roadies have no idea who these people are). As for cyclists I don't have any favourites as all my favourites end up testing positive (e.g. Pantani, Tyler Hamilton, Nathan O'Neil).