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Holdsworth relaunches and Bobridge smashes a world record

What's so special about the Holdsworth professional? Plus Jack Bobridge breaks a record in Sydney

Posted Jan 17, 2012 by Equipment News

Holdsworth professional

The colour orange is said to be one of those colours that people either love or loathe but to many a British cycling fan, particularly those old enough to remember, the colour orange represents only one thing… Holdsworth-campagnolo.

The legendary racing team from the ‘70s that included cycling stars like Les West, Colin Lewis, Bob Addy, Roger Newton, Dave Nie, and Mike Cowley. The Holdsworth-campagnolo team can trace its routes way back to 1953 when Roy Thame joined WF Holdsworth as a shop manager. Roy was a member of the Hemel Hampstead CC where riders like Bob Addy met Roy and after a few twists and turns in the story eventually the Holdsworth-campagnolo team was born and Roy Thame was its director.

The team disbanded at the end of the 1978 season as the depths of the recession set in and leisure activities like this were viewed by sponsors as not practical. So why are we taking this trip down memory lane on a dreary Wednesday afternoon? Well fans of the team will be pleased to know that the project to create a modern version of the classic Holdsworth race bike is nearly ready for market. The centerpiece of the new Holdsworth bike will be a bespoke steel frame of which only 150 will be made.

The new cycle, branded the Holdsworth Professional, resembles the 1978 Super Professional SL. The new Holdsworth promises a far more modern ride however because it employs Reynolds 725 tubes, a light-weight carbon fork and a Campagnolo Athena 11-speed groupset. Ed Smith, the product manager behind the Holdsworth revival project, said that “There have been some challenges along the way and this was down to the fact that we wanted to offer very limited numbers which was problematic because of the amount of tooling needed to craft such a bike.” He added that “I’m finally very happy with them!

The Holdsworth professional will retail for £2,500 and will be available in three different sizes.

Elsewhere in the world of cycling, Australia's Jack Bobridge has broken Chris Boardman's 15-year-old world record in the four kilometre individual pursuit. Bobridge just 21 years of age, clocked four minutes 10.534 seconds in an Australian National Track Championships heat at the Dunc Gray Velodrome in Sydney. Bobridge himself was pretty stunned to steal the record from Boardman who set it way back in 1996.

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