In Issue 28, we talked to a variety of Masters racers about staying power in the sport of cyclocross, an article that was incomplete until we gathered a bit of advice from Julie Lockhart. For the article, as well as bike reviews, interviews with stars like Mathieu van der Poel, and CXM Labs, be sure to order your backcopy today, which is also available on Uberflip, in the App Store on iTunes, and on Google Play for Android.
Lockhart is certainly one who can advise the coming generation on enduring the ups and downs of cyclocross. She has become a legend of the sport, most recently taking another win a Nationals in Austin during the 70-74 Masters Race. She even made a wise selection on her drivetrain setup, enabling her to ride up a punchy climb after the barriers that much younger riders couldn’t manage. Today, we look at her Redline Conquest Team Bike.
Before we begin, we should mention that Lockhart wasn’t the only winner in Austin who rode a Redline. Justin Lindine, who worked the pits for Lockhart, also took home the stars and stripes after winning the Singlespeed Championship on a “Prototype” converted singlespeed Redline. This makes Lockhart’s rig the only geared Redline that took its rider to the top of the podium.
Forget narrow/wide chainrings and clutch rear derailleurs: Lockhart returns to old-school practicality with a standard inner chainring and replacing the outer chainring with a bashguard. her single chainring setup defines practicality, with a front derailleur that provides the duty of a chain guide, and because the left shifter isn’t gutted, the drivetrain can be converted back to a double by interchanging the BBG Bashguard with an outer ring.
Like Karen Brems, Lockhart had a mild course on race day, but that didn’t stop her from employing a mud tread, being her Michelin Cyclo Cross Mud 2 clinchers. Another Lockhart mainstay is data. On the left side of her handlebars is a digital watch, complete with a lap reset to keep her on the right pace. As for more advanced duties, the computer on the other side of her cockpit is linked to her CycleOps Powertap Elite Rear Hub, providing her with the latest power numbers.
Use the arrows to navigate through the images, and check back for more 2015 Nationals bike profiles (we’ve captured each winner’s bike!)