Lomas's 2015 season re-spray
After a really successful 2014, junior racer Lomas Wefing provided us
with a great personal insight in to owning, riding and racing one of our
framesets. We’ve refreshed his frame for the coming 2015 season with a
fresh paint design - focusing mainly on the rear triangle – the view
most people have of him! Here are his thoughts -
“First of all, it’s not just a steel a bike; it’s a hand-made, custom, Field Cycles 29er. Made in Sheffield. The Sheffield connection was decisive. I was born in Sheffield, my grandfather was a steel worker in the city and I’m named after him. I race for a Sheffield club but live in Germany. You see, it’s more than a steel bike, it’s not one thing, it’s part of a story.
The bike gets a lot of attention at races, before, during and after. Before the races, the riders in my age category look at her (bikes are always female) sideways, they can’t work it out. ‘Why isn’t he riding a shredded wheat (the weave and the hollow sound and of course when you’ve seen one shredded wheat, you’ve seen em’ all) like me?’ The fathers come over and just want to touch and ask about her. The fathers fall in love with her instantly. But mostly they don’t take her seriously as a race bike, for them it’s more nostalgic.
After the race the fathers come over to our van and want to know more technical stuff and of course prices. They’ve just seen this bike finish in front of at least 97% of the field and sometimes win. You know that feeling when people look at you as they realise you know something important that they don’t – we love that look.
I come from a family which has always stuck to the moto: if you going to do something, do it right or don’t bother. We don’t settle for mediocre, standard fair or compromises. This reflects in the choice of frame and the way I train and race.
How does it feel to be the only junior rider racing on steel in a sea of carbon? It feels absolutely great. You know that feeling when you turn up at a party with the best looking girl in town?
The bike has incredible acceleration, it’s incredibly responsive, meaning she climbs like she means it. It’s also easy to throw around underneath me on the technical descents, the weight distribution is perfect. She also absorbs sufficient shock to allow you to recover slightly on the downhills. This might sound odd, but she’s really quiet. I love the silence, the stealth of the attack is vital. In contrast, I can hear every gear change and every creek as carbon frame riders start their attacks, I hear them way before I see them, that’s not clever for racing.”
Some of Lomas’s Results from 2014 season -
— 2014 Nordrhein Westfallen XC Series overall winner U17
— Bullau Bike Marathon 1st place overall, 1st place U17 (youngest ever winner, the first British winner and the only steel bike in the race of 275 entries)
— Rodenbach MTB Time Trial – 1st place U17
— Eifel Mosel Cup MTB Marathon, 2nd pace U17, 23rd overall from 160 (pros filled top ten places)
More photos in the gallery