Bikes of Sunflower: Paul's LeMond Versailles

  "In March of 1999 I moved from Kansas City to Portland, Oregon.  I was 26 years old.  Growing up as a cyclist, the move to this town offered a renewed interest in one of my life’s passions.  Sometime later that spring, I found out that Greg LeMond was to make an appearance at one of the bike shops that I would frequent.  What an opportunity – to see one of my childhood hero’s!  The event was to promote his line of bicycles, but it became more of a Q&A session with the signing of autographs afterward.  The line for meeting him snaked throughout the store and I found myself close to the end of it.  Once it was finally my turn I figured he probably would have had enough of being there and would just sign my poster and jersey and motion to the next person in line.  This couldn’t have been further from the truth.  He actually took the time to get to know a little something about me, asking what I was up to.  So, we got to chat for a while and even took a photo together too. He was incredible gracious and this is one of my fondest memories of living there. 

Fast forward seven years later and back in Kansas, now attending KU and on the cycling team.  The 2006 road racing season was upon us and I was focused on winning at least a race and moving up to the A squad.  To be able to do this, I was going to need a new bike!  Paul Davis, longtime fixture of Sunflower Outdoor and Bike, was the guy to find what I was looking for.  After test riding a few different makes and models from other companies, he had me focus my attention on the LeMond Versailles.  It was a unique frame for sure with its platinum steel spine and OLCV carbon cockpit.  Steel was the only frame material I had ridden and this was to be my introduction to world of carbon riding.  With combination of steel headtube, downtube and chainstays and carbon top-tube, seat tube and seatstays it provided both a stiff and smooth ride.  And, this bike took corners like it was riding on rails!  Outfitted with Shimano 105 and Ultegra, it had good componentry to compliment this outstanding frame.  I was sold, now we just had to order one in my size before they were all gone, this being a closeout of last year’s model.  As luck would have it, I got one of the last ones left in the entire country in a beautiful black and carbon with white lettering.  Soon a KU Jayhawk sticker adorned the top-tube to let others know I raced for the collegiate team.

As the racing season progressed I placed well in the first couple of races.  Then it was time to go to North Dakota for a weekend of racing.  This would be my first time racing here, with it being so far away and the weather usually unpredictable.  With a well-placed team we ventured out onto the course for a 30 or so mile road race.  Alongside my teammates we all rode up front controlling the race as the miles ticked by.  Approaching the last stretch of road before the finish line I knew it was time to make my move.  A select few of us worked our way to the front and then it was on – a bunch sprint for the finish.  I made sure to latch onto the wheel of a couple of riders in front of me, holding off my sprint until the very last second.  As it we started to run out of real estate, I knew I had to make my move.  Off I went, sprinting my heart out; across the line for my very first win!  As I slowed down and tears started to form in my eyes, I knew then and there I too was a champion, just like LeMond."

March 20, 2016 by Andrew White

New Year, New Roads

Here's to a new year, fresh starts, and ton of bike riding!  If you're interesting in keeping track of your miles this year, join us on Strava!  There is no better resource for logging your miles, finding new routes, and new riding friends.  Best of all, it's free.  You can join the Sunflower Outdoor and Bike Shop Strava Club to receive info about shop rides and events, and even some special prizes along the way!   In the meantime, here we are on some of our favorite Kansas gravel roads...

 

January 03, 2016 by Andrew White

Trek Demo Day

That gorgeous hunk of hell on wheels you've been eyeballing in the shop for weeks? This is your chance to ride it in the wild.

Sunflower will be be joined by a big ol' truck full of beautiful Trek bikes ready to be unleashed! There will be bikes for men and women, free for all to test. Bring a helmet, bring a friend, and bring a snack because you'll wanna be there all afternoon.

We'll be at the parking lot of the Lawrence River Trail from 2pm-6pm on Friday, June 26th. Please bring your ID, and feel free to bring your own pedals if you'd like. The wet weather has caused trail closures recently, and we'll be keeping a close eye on conditions in the coming days. We'll keep you posted!

 

RSVP on the Facebook Event Page

June 11, 2015 by Andrew White

POSTPONED!

URGENT NEWS! 

Due to the significant threat of very nasty weather the Trek Demo and Women's MTB Skills Clinic scheduled for today are being POSTPONED to a later date. We don't know when yet, but you'll know as soon as we do.
April 27, 2014 by Andrew White

An Interview With Lindsay Sherman

We are absolutely stoked to have Trek demo driver and IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association) certified coach, Lindsay is heading up our Trek demo and Ladies Mountain Bike Skills Clinic today.  Lindsay spends an enormous amount of her time behind a steering wheel or handlebar so that we can all get out and have a blast on the latest and greatest from Trek so we're happy she was able to find time to answer a few questions we shot her way.  

 

Being a demo driver for Trek sounds like it would be a great gig, how long have you been doing it?
I've been working for Trek since 2007 where I started as an intern in the women's marketing department. 
You probably have to cover a huge territory, where are the best spots to ride that don't seem to get much publicity? 
I have a lot of places I love to ride, both on the road and in the dirt. I love the road riding in Tennessee and the farm roads of Wisconsin. There are great trails in every state but for the Midwest territory I love Brown county, Indiana, Copper Harbor, MI, and of coarse my home trail in Winona, MN.
The bike industry has really come a long way with products and bikes for ladies.  WSD products from Trek have been extremely popular at Sunflower, what sets Trek WSD products apart from others?
The products are designed with passion and respect for women cyclists. They not only look great but they ride great for the specific needs of our female riders.

In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges facing ladies who are new to cycling? 
In the seven years I have been with Trek and the women's program I have found that the biggest challenge women have is finding a balance between family and time for themselves. With all of the group rides and family events that are growing women can add the two together. If you head over to a local mountain bike race you will see families racing, kids and all. 
What is your most indispensable piece of Trek gear?  Other than your bikes, of course.
I love our Bontrager women's race bibs. They are so comfortable and sleek that I make sure to always have a clean pair. I also love our Mountain bike shoes they fit so well with a slightly larger toe box than what you will find on the men's shoe.
If you were planning your dream cycling vacation, where would you go, and what bike are you taking?
I would absolutely love to go and ride part of the Tour. I have never been to France and would love to ride the mountains on my Domane.
And last, but certainly not least, what is your favorite post ride brew?
I usually drink whatever beer is in the cooler at the end of the ride. In the summer I love Leinenkugel's summer shandy.   
Once again, we'd like to thank Lindsay for taking the time to answer our questions, and of course, unload a bunch or great bikes to ride.  The Trek Demo Day and Ladies Skills Clinic are happening today at the Lawrence River Trails, so if you'd like more info please pop over to our facebook events page for more info.  See you out there!
April 27, 2014 by Andrew White

TREKFEST 2014

 

Trekfest is the ideal time to pickup a new Trek bike.  With any Trek bike purchase of $399 or greater you will receive a gift card worth $50-$200 to use on Bontrager accessories.  Thats even more bang for your buck! 

April 09, 2014 by Andrew White

Women's Skills Clinic

If you are new to mountain biking or just want to refine some skills, this event is a must! Trek's own Lindsay Sherman (a certified IMBA coach) will be leading a ladies only clinic covering fundamental trail riding skills for beginner and intermediate riders. You must be 18+ and sign a release waiver. Bring a helmet, and please arrive at 2:15 to check in. All level of riders are welcome, this is a skill building clinic, so don't be shy!

This is in conjunction with the Trek Demo Day event happening at the same place and time.

March 26, 2014 by Andrew White

Trek Demo Day

 

Haven't had the chance to ride that bike you've been dreaming about in real life yet? Well here is your chance! Join us at the Lawrence River Trail on Sunday, April 27th from 12:00pm-5:00pm to take out the sweetest bikes Trek has to offer! The Trek truck will be loaded with all kinds of options for men and women, so come down and spend your Sunday on the trail. 



February 20, 2014 by Andrew White