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The Perks Of Being A Professional Triathlete | What It’s Like To Be A Pro At Kona

The Perks Of Being A Professional Triathlete | What It’s Like To Be A Pro At Kona

– Just a view days before Ironman Hawaii, David McNamee was good
enough to let us follow him whilst meeting up with a
few of his key sponsors. Giving us a sneak behind
the scenes viewpoint of some of the exciting perks of being a top professional athlete here at Ironman Hawaii. (electronic typing) So we’re here at our first stop because we’re going to be meeting David at the CeramicSpeed stand which is just over there and pros get access to all the cool stuff, so I’m assuming David’s
going to get some new chains, maybe some jockey wheels,
low friction goodies that are going to make him go
faster on races, so let’s go. (rhythmic music) – When our pro athletes come by, ya know, we’re looking to make ’em as, giving them that peace
of mind that on Saturday, they’re ready to go as fast as possible. So every rolling, rotating part, the hand built bearing is the key of what we do, it’s in our name, ceramic bearings for CeramicSpeed. So from start to finish, making sure they’re as
efficient as they can be. That’s what we’re here to make
’em feel comfortable with. So we’re here all week and we want ’em to feel welcome and comfortable. Two different stages with three mechanics. One mechanic is dedicated. Anytime the professionals stop by, that’s his top priority. So whether they have an appointment or their just stopping as they come in you know, we’re happy to help them out. (rhythmic music) – So, yeah, fifth time on island, fifth time using
CeramicSpeed for race day. – But that is seriously a
lot of watts here, isn’t it? – Yeah, so like already on my bike, I’ve got the bearings and my wheels, I’ve got the bottom bracket, I’ve got the OSPW system but– – So that’s the oversized
chainrings in the back, yep? – Yeah.
– Yeah. – But the key thing, especially for race day
is the UFO racing chain. – Oh yeah.
– And that boy there is five watts and five watts
at a world championship, thank you very much. – I’ll give it to you then.
– Thank you (laughs). – There we go. (rhythmic music) – Now you might think five watts is barely worth bothering about, however, for an athlete like David who’s been on the podium in Hawaii, not once, but twice, it’s these extra small
margins that truly do add up to give him the confidence that he’s doing everything within his grasp so he can ride as fast
as possible on race day. (rhythmic music) I do remember this being exciting, going to the Oakley house. – Oakley, yeah, that is like the house that everybody wants to get access to and I’m very fortunate
to have them as a sponsor and yeah, we’re off to pick-up
some race day eyeglasses. – Now, do they have
something special for you? – Yeah so, this year they’ve designed, or helped athletes design
their own self-custom pair of glasses–
– ‘Cause you can have your own frames, your own lenses, even your own little decals on the sides. – Yeah, so yeah, I have very sort of blue and white, Scottish themed glasses to pick up.
– Glad to hear it. – You know, I have to keep true and yeah, I’m excited to see them and yeah, I’m looking forward
to using them on race day. – Brilliant, let’s go. (rhythmic music) Now, I was lucky enough
to be invited along to the Oakley houses on
both of the occasions when I raced in Hawaii and it really was something
I genuinely looked forward to during my race week. It was something that made me feel, well, a bit like a rockstar. So we spoke to David Hyam, who in fact, took care of
me nearly 10 years ago, when I first got to race on the island and visited the Oakley house, and was, once again, looking
after the athletes this year. So, who better to speak
to to explain to us, why it is that Oakley
do this year after year? – Traditionally, Oakley and led by the one and only Greg Welch, we hire a house, whether
it’s on beautiful Ali’i Drive or a beautiful view as you
can see in the background, and we just really like
to give the athlete, like we do at most Olympic games, both summer and winter, and just give them a little
bit of personalized attention where the guys actually design not only their own frame
colors and lens colors, but they can actually do something which we’ve done this year and focus on is etching. So they personalize it according
to their wife, girlfriend, little daughter that might have been born. We’ve got some new additions, you know, to the team and family. So it really personalizes the frame and just gives them that extra little bit of drive on race day. – I don’t know, I just like
how these weigh nothing. I just never thought about wearing them on the bike, to be honest. I’ve never thought, yeah. So right now we’re trying to
figure out a couple of things. Mainly, so decided in the race, I’m going to go without a visor, so I’m going to wear
sunglasses for the bike leg. So it’s very much trying
to find a pair of glasses that I can use for 180 kilometers that, for me, I like things
to feel light on my face and obviously what gives
me the best sort of vision. So that’s the first thing
we’re trying to work out. The second thing is the run. I’ve designed a pair of custom glasses and yeah, I’m excited to see them, which we’ll unveil in a couple of minutes. And then lastly, I need
a pair for my girlfriend, who I need to take presents home. And that’s probably the most
important thing right now. – We have got a (speaking faintly). (rhythmic music) – Ah, maybe I’ll take these. Can I take a pair of these? Not for me. – Yeah, so basically,
that’s our line-up this year. But there’s something
else I wanted to give you, a little bit special. We call you the MacMan. – The MacMan?
– Yeah, the MacMan, ya know, Scottish?
– This is MacMan, but I am going to have to point out this is where American and
Scottish people differ, in Scotland, we write this McM, but as soon as we cross over to America, it has to be Mac or
nobody can pronounce it. – [Greg] See, there you go. – So this year, I’m the MacMan. So these are running glasses for me, for the next athlete. – Yeah, drop your cycling
glasses, put the MacMans on, it’s going to take you all the
way to the finish line, brother. – Very nice, we’re very
sort of Scottish colors. – Yeah, blue and white. – [Fraser] Sponsors
will do their level best to support their athletes
as much as possible throughout the season. But this is taken up a notch yet again at races like the world championships. After all, it is in their benefits their athletes to do as well as possible, giving the brands an opportunity to get as much exposure as
possible on the big stage. (upbeat music) – So now we have to drop
the bike off at Cervelo and make sure it’s perfect for the race. – And are they just going
to give it a once over? – They will go through every single detail and make sure that come
race day it is 100%. (rhythmic music) So we need to change rotors. So right now I’m running 160 millimeters, so that’s the diameter of the rotor. But in the race, the neutral
mechanics on the motorbikes only have 140s. So we’re going to switch to 140s, so just in case I do get
a puncture in the race, it’s a lot quicker to change the wheel, whereas it would be 20 seconds rather than 10 minutes faffing about. Then a ceramic speed chain to put on for a few extra watts. And then just, I’ll let
Corey do what he does and make sure the bike is 100%. (rhythmic music) And then it’s not really
enjoying going down into the smallest cog at the back. And then the brakes, that
rubs every so often on the back, it’s a little bit dirty. – [Fraser] As you can see, there are many obvious perks
of being a pro athlete. However, sponsorship is still
very much a two-way street. Not only is an athlete like
David expected to race at and be competitive at
the very highest level, but he’s also required to
give back a number of days for media and press purposes. Plus of course, being
active on social media too. In return, brands will offer
as much as support as they can, hoping to give the athletes
total peace of mind during race week. Unfortunately, David wasn’t
able to finish on race day due to a bout of sickness he picked up in the days before the race. However, we still hope
that you enjoyed this video which gives an insight
into some of the things that he and other pros have to get up to during their race week. If so, please hit that
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13 comments on “The Perks Of Being A Professional Triathlete | What It’s Like To Be A Pro At Kona

  1. I usually have no trouble understanding Fraser, but when he is speaking to another Scot, the conversation almost needs subtitles.


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