Manchester bike and Tri show

Popped along to the bike and tri show at GMEX in Manchester on Saturday.  Have to say for a small, first time show, it was pretty good.  Lots of nice give aways (i.e. gels and energy drinks) and lots of interesting stuff to see.  Also, got some cracking deals on some Hilly running socks (you can never have to many socks....)!

Highlight was meeting Andy Holgate - what a super nice and refreshingly normal chap.  He signed our book for us and gave my other half some really good triathlon advice.  Thoroughly nice bloke!

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  • Isn't he just ! Yes - a good show I thought - and some nice kit to buy.



    I'd definitely go back next year.
  • Hmm if the highlight was meeting Holgs......... Teehee Sorry mate couldn't resist
  • ha ha Mr Spartan image

    Thanks for your kind words Beth, lovely to meet you and your husband. Glad that you enjoyed the show, as a first timer at one of those type of events it seemed to be good....I resisted the urge to buy the £10k Pinarello I was drooling over as it would have cost me more in divorce fees !!

    Great to catch up with you Cougie and a whole host of other people from these forums image

  • you could have bought the bike from the book proceeds holgs image.or do you need the film deal to clinch itimage

     Now which famous actors could best play holgs in the film versionimage

  • I'd need a film deal for that Seren image

     

  • The film is on hold whilst Danny DeVito is persuaded to play Viking
  • I'll definitely go again next year - hopefully they'll get some more exhibitors there and there'll be more good buys to be had (and freebies...)!!

    I had to drag other half and brother away from the £15k Pinarello bike as the puddle of drool on the floor was becoming embarrassing - my car didn't cost that much!!!! image  And I love the fact that they no longer put pedals on the bikes as apparently (according to the sales dude) someone once tried to pedal one away!! 

  • The sales dude was winding you up



    It because there are loads of different pedals and you buy the correct ones for your shoes....



    I would object to buying a bike with Look pedals as my shoes wouldn't fit
  • It was good to meet Mr holgate again . number 2 book signed , thanks for that . as for the show ? food was good but some of the bullshit on the stalls was funny . Energy drink with no sugar ? 3 cals ? total bollocks. some nice bikes for the rich folk . £1 for hilly sock  just great even when the women on the stall asked "do i know what they are for " keeping my feet warm what els ! .

  • Hi all... have been lurking since reading the first 'Can't...' Met THE Mr Holgs also and the lovely Chris. Thanks for answering all of our numpty questions and apologies for the giddy 'One Direction' like hysteria... we really were SOOO excited to see you!

    Realised that if I am to stop being a mere 'filing' I need to swarm magnetically towards the ship to reach full iron-ness (maybe for vet 50?). Consider my courage to comment as real commitment and appreciation of bits I have taken on board.

    Hoping to get lots of guidance about scary things like the leap into HR training...Does it really work? SOOO sad not to get a go of 'tribars' at the showimage

     

     

  • Welcome aboard, Ges (I was excited to meet him too, but don't tell him, it'll go to his head image)



    I'm very new to this myself, but HR training has been good - I like the precision of knowing how hard I should be (and am) working. Not sure about even getting to z4 on the bike, though. Even z3 felt pretty hard to me ...



    Ironman, then, eh? 2013, 2014???
  • I enjoyed the show and managed not to spend too much money, although the Willier bikes looked lovely, met Holgs and he was very nice, sampled far to many energy gels, sweets, bars etc

     

    Hope it returns next year

  • Hi Ges, welcome to the forum - it amused the hell out of me when you compared me to One Direction - I couldn't stop laughing. It was lovely to meet you, we are a friendly bunch on these forums so you'll be ok......most of us don't bite.

    As for things going to my head, there's no bloody chance of that, I'm very well grounded and knocking about with this lot would keep anyones ego in check. image

    I too hope that the show returns next year ( with or without me ) and I look forward to the rival Triathlon Show North that is taking place in Bolton on the 18th and 19th May to see how the two differ.

    Good for the north west.

  • North West is where it's at !



    Welcome Ges
  • north west ? its a place where legends are born ! not like southen soft lads .
  • Born ? North West Legends are hewn from the fells
  • I liked the Manchester one - cos I knew I could have a look round for a couple of hours and then we can go off shopping in the city centre. I'm not sure the family would be quite as keen on Bolton - but I guess competition is always good ?
  • I ended up looking around for a couple of hours and then discussing which train to get home whilst sat in the pub all afternoon...good start to the outlaw training. image

  • Just seen that Danny DeVito is on the One Show tonight...



    Perhaps he is here to discuss playing Viking in Holgs The Movie
  • sorry viking for all the stick . its my fault i made that coment in manchester waterstones. for the record he's not that small
  • Don't worry we have been calling Viking short for years, long before the books came out......
  • Ironholgs wrote (see)

    Hi Ges, welcome to the forum - it amused the hell out of me when you compared me to One Direction - I couldn't stop laughing. It was lovely to meet you, we are a friendly bunch on these forums so you'll be ok......most of us don't bite.

    As for things going to my head, there's no bloody chance of that, I'm very well grounded and knocking about with this lot would keep anyones ego in check. image

    You rang?    image

  • Did I just read that right, £1 for Hilly socks? I forked our £8 for a pair from the Swaetshop today becauuse I fortgot mine for a lunch time session. Now I feel properly robbed!

  • yeah ??1 per pair and i bought 5 pairs . bargin . the only catch was they only had xl left and me being size 11 just the job . i could'nt afford alt els .
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