Cannondale has unveiled a hand-painted SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod record for new world champion Elisa Balsamo from Italy. Bikes designed to commemorate the World Championship can be hard to come by, but Cannondale kept it simple and apparently hit the nail on the head with a white frame covered in a rainbow stripe connecting the head tube. , the top tube and the seat tube.
Balsamo, who rides for the Cannondale sponsored Valcar-Travel & Service team, is well used to the SuperSix Evo and will now be racing the remainder of his final season with the team with this new paint job.
The bike is equipped with Vision Metron wheels, Veloflex tires, Elite bottle cages, plush top cap.
The Balsamo group is one thing that has not changed for the custom bike, or since the world championships. Balsamo raced on Shimano’s second tier Ultegra Di2 R8070 group before the world championships, until victory at the world championships, and remains with Ultegra now for the first races of her reign as world champion.
As good as Ultegra is, obviously good enough to win the world championships, it seems strange to see the group on a world champion’s bike. Who was the last world champion to run with a second row group? Here’s a clue, he wasn’t an elite world champion. It might just be a good reminder to all of us that our group is not going to win or lose us.
These photos are also the first look at Balsamo’s new Valcar-Travel & Service world champion kit wearing a rainbow band. Good news, Balsamo kept the tradition with black shorts to complement the iconic white and rainbow striped jersey.