COVID-19 Update

As uncertainty surrounding travel restrictions and the possibility of event postponements or cancellations increases, I wanted to reach out and let our customers know that as of today, our plans for providing service to events on our schedule remain unchanged. We are in constant communication with our race director partners and we will adapt accordingly if any event is postponed or canceled.

We understand that you may be waiting for confirmation that your event is going ahead as scheduled, prior to making a reservation to ship your bike. As a particular event date nears, our ability to accommodate last-minute reservations will be limited. For this reason, if you plan to ship your bike with TBT to any event this year, we recommend that you go ahead and make your reservation so that we can complete our logistics planning accordingly.

Should your event be rescheduled or postponed by the race director, in accordance with our longstanding policy, you will be eligible to defer your reservation to a later event. Deferrals or credits do not expire and there is no fee to reschedule your reservation.

We hope to see you at a race soon. In the meantime, each of us has a responsibility and a duty to mitigate our own risk of acquiring and/or spreading the virus. Please follow the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) which can be found at Advice for Public.

Stay Healthy,
Marc Lauzon
President and Founder
TriBike Transport

TriBike Transport official bike transport for MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda 2020 and ITU World Triathlon Grand Final 2021

TriBike Transport (TBT) of Asheville, NC, and World Triathlon Series Bermuda, producer of the MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda and ITU World Triathlon Grand Final 2021, are pleased to announce TBT as the Official Bike Transport and Bike Rental Partner for both events.

Not only will TriBike Transport ship bikes fully assembled to Bermuda from the U.S for this year’s event, they will also have rental bikes available for those who prefer to take ‘hassle-free’ one step further. In 2021 TBT will offer bike transport to Bermuda from across the world.

“TBT was launched with the goal of easing the challenges that athletes face when traveling to triathlon events across North America and around the world.” said Marc Lauzon, founder and President of TBT. “We are very proud of the work we’ve done with USA Triathlon and other race series in North America since 2004, as well as ITU World Championship events in Europe and Australia since 2017. We are now excited to partner with World Triathlon Series Bermuda to offer the same convenience and reliability to athletes traveling to Bermuda for the ITU World Series this year and Triathlon Grand Finals in 2021.”

World Triathlon Bermuda Event Director, Alec Shepherd said: “Athletes have come to rely on TriBike Transport to transport their bikes safely and economically to many races around the world, and we are pleased to welcome them as an integral part of the triathlon experience for the hundreds of athletes visiting Bermuda for this event.”

For more information about TBT’s services, and to book your bike transport, visit www.TriBikeTransport.com

About TriBike Transport 

TriBike Transport has served over 130,000 satisfied athletes since our start in 2004. Our unique company was founded with one goal in mind: To help ease the logistical challenges and exorbitant costs of transporting bikes to and from events via airlines or ground freight. We provide HASSLE-FREE, ECONOMICAL, UNPARALLELED bike transport service to and from destination cycling events so all you have to do is worry about the finish line. For more information, visit www.TriBikeTransport.com.

About World Triathlon Series Bermuda 

The MS Amlin World Triathlon Series in Bermuda on April 18 and 19, 2020 is the third of the annual World Series Triathlon events that Bermuda will host in Bermuda’s capital city of Hamilton with support from its title sponsor MS Amlin and Main sponsors BF&M, Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club, Bermuda Tourism Authority, NTT and the City of Hamilton. Bermuda will host the ITU World Championships and Age Group Grand Finals in October 2021.

 

Contact

Angela Lauzon, VP Marketing, TriBike Transport

Email: angela@tribiketransport.com

 

Vicki Abraham, Head of Local Communications & Marketing, World Triathlon Bermuda

Email: vicki@tribermuda.com

There and Back Again – A TriBike Tale – The adventure behind the wheel Part 3

With the bikes returned from Switzerland packed into a myriad of trucks and ready to be returned, I got behind the wheel with my fellow drivers and began the task of returning 534 bikes. My route was the Midwest. I would be looping Indianapolis, three shops in Chicago, dropping the Minnesota and Wisconsin bikes off to a feeder truck in Milwaukee, and then hitting Detroit, Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati. Overall I had to drop off about 65 bikes and pick up close to 90.

The logistics of this seems simple, but I can assure you – nothing goes as planned. The trip was scheduled as a three-day drive but ended up taking almost five. One of the biggest challenges I ran into involved the pickup. Customers are notified of their pick up day, but sometimes forget to double-check the partner shop’s hours., and run into challenges if the shop is closed.

My biggest education in this job was the road. We may not be commercial drivers, but the size of the trucks means we need to adhere to all Department of Transport regulations for commercial drivers. This means keeping a log, pulling into weigh stations, and maintaining legal hours of driving, breaks, and off duty time. I also got to experience truck stops from the other entrance. In my youth, I drove a limo and also a newspaper truck, but this was a whole new ballgame.

We can drive 11 hours in a day, but when that shift ends, you have to take 10 hours off. I recommend sleeping. We also need to take a half-hour break before working 8 hours straight. I recommend eating.

Living on the road creates an interesting set of challenges. The things I discovered that most significantly impacted my overall well being were the quality of my hotel, my hygiene, my diet, and my ability to maintain some workout routine. A lot of those challenges are solved by selecting the right hotel.

Most TBT drivers are athletic. A lot of us race. The work itself requires significant physical

This is me, James Mango.

requirements.  Personally I find that my mental well being is negatively impacted if I am not exercising. But eating well and exercising takes planning and effort on the road, and can be very challenging to sustain.

I have come to look for several things when picking a hotel:

  • A fitness center
  • Guest laundry
  • A grocery store (preferably an Aldi’s) within walking distance
  • A restaurant

You may not need all or any of these on a given night, but a hotel that has them shows an effort to cater to the functional guest. If a hotel has most of the above mentioned four things, your room is a lot less likely to smell like cigarettes and sex.

A full day for me would include: a banana, treadmill run, shower, continental breakfast, making a salad for the day’s break, driving (with stops, snacks, gas), lunch break, driving again, picking that night’s hotel, stop for any groceries, check-in, start laundry if needed, hit restaurant for a beer and possibly food, put clothes in dryer, video chat with family, fold clothes and pass out.

The odds of that entire agenda being accomplished are very small. Every day on the road, you have to shuffle what can or will need to be done. You don’t need to do laundry every day. You don’t need to shop every day. And some days you drive till midnight and need to do all of that in the morning. Adaptability is the key to success. No trip goes as planned.

My first stop led to a 9 pm meet up in a hotel parking lot two days after I was supposed to get the bike of a Kona customer who missed his drop off. I have learned the art of picking a good parking lot. Meeting other drivers to exchange bikes at the crack of dawn in Milwaukee or at sunset in Toledo absolutely happened.

There are feeder routes that meet up with the larger trucks to minimize miles and stops. In Milwaukee and Detroit, I met drivers with sprinter vans who would shuttle the bikes to Minnesota and Canada. In a couple of cases, they also took or picked up bikes that I couldn’t deliver because the shops were closed.

The other big factor of living on the road is family. I have a wife and children, and believe it or not, we all really like each other, which means being gone for long periods of time is a challenge. I learned the importance of speakerphone chats while driving and video chats at bedtime. (My bedtime, honestly, because they all stay up later than me.)

With my drop off and pick up schedule complete, I headed back to Asheville. It wasn’t until I was back that I realized I was only 1 of 6 drivers that had been doing the same thing in different parts of the country. There were three major IRONMAN® races in the Eastern US that upcoming weekend: Maryland, Chattanooga, and the 70.3® in Augusta.  We had all also collected the bikes for Kona and Barcelona, which needed to be packed up and shipped.

So, as we all unloaded, we separated our bikes into their eventual race destinations. We then spent a day loading all of the trucks with those bikes. Not only the bikes but with all of the supplies to manage the events themselves: bike racks, fencing, tents, tables, tools, chairs, coolers…. you get the idea.

With the trucks all loaded up, I headed in for a night’s rest before heading to Augusta with Jordy to work the IRONMAN® 70.3® there. It was a short drive, so we were able to leave Thursday afternoon and make it there in plenty of time to get dinner and a good night’s sleep. Our work started the next day.

TriBike Transport named official bike transport for ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Edmonton

TriBike Transport (TBT) of Asheville, NC, and World Triathlon Series Edmonton, of Alberta, Canada, are pleased to announce TBT is the Official Bike Transport and Bike Rental Partner for the August 17-23, 2020 race.

TBT will be transporting bikes from all of North America, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain. In addition to shipping bikes fully-assembled to Edmonton, TriBike Transport will have a fleet of premium rental bikes available for those who prefer to take ‘hassle-free’ one step further.

“TBT was launched with the goal of easing the challenges athletes face when traveling to triathlon events across North America and around the world.” said Marc Lauzon, founder and President of TBT. “We are very proud of the work we’ve done with USA Triathlon and other race series in North America since 2004, as well as ITU World Championship events in Europe and Australia since 2017. We are now pleased to offer our same renowned service to athletes traveling to the ITU World Grand Final Edmonton from the UK and Europe.”

“Providing a world-class athlete experience at the 2020 Grand Final is our number one priority,” commented Stephen Bourdeau, General Manager, World Triathlon Series Edmonton, “and so we are proud to partner with TriBike Transport to ensure our guests have an economical and hassle-free service to transport their bikes to Edmonton.

For more information about TBT’s services, and to book your bike transport, visit www.TriBikeTransport.com

About TriBike Transport

TriBike Transport has serviced over 130,000 satisfied athletes since our start in 2004. Our unique company was founded with one goal in mind: To help ease the logistical challenges and exorbitant costs of transporting bikes to and from events via airlines or ground freight. We provide HASSLE-FREE, ECONOMICAL, UNPARALLELED bike transport service to and from destination cycling events so all you have to do is worry about the finish line. For more information, visit www.TriBikeTransport.com.

About World Triathlon Series Edmonton

World Triathlon Series Edmonton has been hosting international events in Edmonton for over 20 years. This summer, August 17 – 23, Edmonton will host the 2020 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final – the pinnacle international triathlon competition, also known as the World Triathlon Championships.   For more information, please visit ww.edmonton.triathlon.org.

 

Contact

Angela Lauzon, VP Marketing , TriBike Transport

Email: angela@tribiketransport.com

 

Stephen Bourdeau, General Manager, World Triathlon Series Edmonton

Email: s.bourdeau@edmontontriathlon.org

There and Back Again – A TriBike Tale – Day Two…just kidding, still Day One Part 2

As mentioned in my last post, my first day in Asheville, NC, with TBT started with uncrating and sorting 534 bikes that were returning from the ITU Grand Final in Lausanne, Switzerland. With the bikes uncrated and sorted, it was time to start loading the trucks.

TriBike Transport (TBT) uses a variety of vehicles to carry bikes. Which vehicle being used is largely determined by how many bikes are being transported to or from a particular region. The most common vehicles are 26-foot box trucks or pickup trucks with large trailers.

These trucks and trailers are generally outfitted with a shelf (built by us) splitting the upper and lower portions of the trailer into two bicycle sized portions. I have learned under extreme duress in the wee hours of one morning in 90+ degree Georgia heat, that one can fit up to 140 fully assembled triathlon bikes into a 26-foot box truck.

With 534 bikes to transport home, we had a large collection of these vehicles to load up that were destined for a vast array of bike shops all over the country.

Blue blankets as far as the eye can see.

While packing the trucks and trailers, we were reminded that most of the stops the drivers would be making would include not only dropping off the bikes returning from Switzerland but also picking up for the next round of races.

As we loaded, we had to re-blanket each bike, call out the name on the sticker to the boss man at the laptop checking them in, and pack them in tightly so they could make their way safely home.

We worked until close to 11:00 that night sweating, cursing, and getting covered in blanket dust. The chirping crickets provided the background music as we dodged swarms of bugs circling the work lights and loaded up all of the vehicles with the bikes. . It took a lot of work to get those bikes loaded up and ready to go home — a lot.

With the bikes packed and ready to go, it was time to grab some much-needed shuteye before getting behind the wheel. Day 2 would see me heading out on the roads of the Midwest with a plan of dropping off 65 bikes and picking up nearly 90 new ones.

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