A Cut Above: James Young

James Young, a native of Kent, England, is heading to Kona for the 2nd time with his Dimond on one side and his wife, Claire, on the other. Both requalified this year at IM Canada. James, in his 3rd place finish, PR’d his  bike split and the race in 9hrs 49mins.

James made two key changes in 2015 and 2016:

  1. A shiny new Dimond
  2. Coaches Matt Dixon and Sean Garrick of PurplePatch Fitness

Both added speed and smiles, with Matt adding the structure and proper feedback for this man who also coaches triathletes for PB&J coaching. Seems like a proper one-two punch as Dimond pro Jesse Thomas and AG slayer Emily Lanter did the same.

Last year James famously described his Dimond as “an armchair strapped to a Ferrari.” And he’s spent some quality time aboard his rocket in 2016, raising his FTP from 310 to 340. Like many, he thinks of a myriad of things during his long rides, describing his mind as “a hyperactive, coffee fueled 9 year old randomly abusing Google.” But one thing this designer never worries about is his Dimond.  Never one for sugarcoating, James states, “If you don’t hate a bike after five hours in the saddle – you’re golden. It’s the perfect long haul partner.”

James, and his wife Claire now lives in British Columbia where he has the opportunity to slash the big descents regularly. A la Jesse Thomas in Lanzarote, Young feels he gains as much time on the descents as he does the flats. “The descents are a stay-in-aero, stress-free grin fest. The bike feels as though it’s ‘on rails.’”

Update: Over the weekend, James was involved in a bike accident near his hometown in Kelowna, British Columbia. James somehow walked away with only minor bumps and bruises, but will be needing a crash replacement bike before Kona. Wish James a speedy recovery, and if you see him in Kona give him a nod as this hard nose Brit is still full steam ahead with his eyes set on that Kona shoreline.

Meet the Miners: Home Course Advantage

Once a year Des Moines, Iowa, hosts a triathlon. As a local triathlon company, it would be a shame to miss it. This year, six individuals from the Dimond Mine competed…and succeeded!

Olympic Results:

CEO & Founder TJ Tollakson finished his first post-surgery race in 6th Place in the men’s pro division. He lead the swim and was 1st off the bike in typical Dimond fashion.

Chief Engineer Matt Cymanski took names and a 3rd Place finish in the men’s open division with a blazing fast 35:15 run following a tough 70 mile training ride the day before. Matt will be participating in Ironman Chattanooga in the upcoming weeks, wish him luck!

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Sprint Results:

Quality Control Engineer Eric Greenley swept the men’s 25-29 AG, winning by more than 5 minutes and placing 2nd overall in the sprint.

Board Member Hank Norem and Marketing & Sales Director Brad Bach had a tough fought battle in the 35-39 AG. A pre-race bet for lunch had been placed, and Brad ended up just edging out Hank for 2nd in the AG and the lunch of his choice!

Dimond Van Pilot Reed Strauss completed his first ever triathlon despite a flat tire adding two miles to his run. 

Board member and Dimond owner Jason Hellickson placed 2nd in the 45-49 AG with a PB 1:00:10 bike split.

Board member Frank Levy helped his team win the overall relay division by posting a 1:01 bike split with minimal training atop his Dimond steed.

Dimond Bikes is a triathlon company devoted to the sport and the endless pursuit of speed.