Steed Race Team Goes To Europe - Haute Route Roster

Steed Race Team Goes To Europe - Haute Route Roster

Photos by Geoff Livingston

Haute Route - widely regarded as one of the hardest amateur cycling events you can do, giving participants a taste of what it's like to race in a World Tour event. With different length to choose from, all are a gruelling sufferfest of an event, but in particular, 8 members of the Steed Race Team have chosen to take part in the 7-day event in the Alps this year.

Covering 755km and climbing more than 20,100m over 7 days, it's one of cycling's ultimate challenges available to mere mortals and will test a rider's mental and physical fortitude to the max. Good thing these folks have been training hard then on the mountains of the North Shore, an ideal training ground for attacking the holy grounds of the European Alps.

So without further ado, let's get to know the team that'll be out there representing Steed Cycles.

Eric Hung Steed Race TeamEric Hung

Bike: 2023 S-Works Tarmac SL7
Wheels/Tires: Reserve 40/44’s with tubeless Continental GP5000 tubeless
Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace 12 spd
Favourite part of setup: Good balance between climbing, descending and racing.  The Reserve 40/44’s are good for the hills but with an aero tilt and descend with confidence. 
Changes made for HR: Changed the cassette from 11-30 to 11-34 for those long steep climbs.  Switched wheels from the Roval 50/64’s to the Reserve 40/44’s to save weight and increase control during the descents
Favourite local route: Demo forest to British Properties to Horseshoe Bay.  2nd favourite… Triple Seymour. 
Additional Notes: Started hot waxing my chains… it’s a pain in the ass at the start but I’m two months and 4 chains in and I’m diggin’ it! A clean bike is a fast bike

Steve Savage Steed Race TeamSteve Savage

Bike: 2023 Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7
Wheels/Tires: Reserve 40/44 DT240’s with Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR 28c
Groupset: Shimano Dura Ace 9200 12 Speed
Love about the bike: Super comfortable ride and sharp handling
Changes for HR: went to an 11-34 cassette and 28c tires (usually run 30c)
Favourite local route: Multiple properties climbs followed by and out and back to Horseshoe Bay

Rich Costello Haute RouteRich Costello

Bike: Specialized Aethos, S-Works
Wheels/tires: Roval deep boys: Conti 28mm clinchers
Groupset: Dura Ace di2 52/36 with Ultegra rd - 11-34 cassette 
Love about the bike: The Aethos is the ideal companion for the mountains and is easy to travel with re:external cables. Comforting to have the range in my cassette for any steel climbs or bad leg feels.
Changes for HR: Switched to Ultegra RD and wide range 11-34t cassette
Favourite local route: in preparation for HR, I’ve been getting familiar with Mt Seymour (over 25x this year). Efficient place to do some intervals and prepare for the Alps. 
Additional notes: excited to share the expertise with the guys. It’s hard enough to get everyone out for a group ride so this will be special!

 Mike BerkeleyMike Berkeley

Bike: Specialized Sworks SL7
Wheels/Tires: Enve 3.4 with Continental GL 5000 Tubeless
Groupset: Shimano Dura Ace 12 speed
Bike Highlights: Everything... A highlight would be the tubeless tires. I was wary to make the change from my trusted clinchers but the tubeless setup is so much more comfortable and adds some additional puncture protection
Changes for HR: Swapped in narrower depth wheels that are slightly lighter for climbing and also less prone to catching wind on long descents
Favourite local route: Not so much a loop but i really enjoy an hour spent climbing in the British Properties, there are 3 or 4 good climbs in there and the roads are quiet with great views
Additional notes: This will be my 3rd Haute Route, it's a great challenge that anyone can complete if they set their mind to it. Big thanks to Steed for all of the support to get us ready for it this year!

Ryan GolbeckRyan Golbeck

Bike: Argon 18 Galium Pro Disc
Wheels: Roval Alpinist
Groupset: Shimano Ultegra 11sp Di2
Bike Highlights: Love it all — di2, hydraulic brakes with great wheels and tires.
Changes for HR: Changed to climbing wheels (from Enve 5.6s)
Favourite local route: Horseshoe Bay CypressSea to Sky

Matthew Van NostrandMatthew Van Nostrand

Bike: BMC SLR01
Wheels: Easton EC90 SL Tubeless
Groupset: Sram Red Etap
Changes for HR: For the race, I switched from a standard to a mid-compact crank for a bit of extra gearing on the climbs. I love it and should have done it ages ago. The extra gearing is awesome and there is no downside. 
Favourite local route: My current favourite loop is out fisherman’s on the gravel bike. It’s heaven in there. 

Ben SigstonBen Sigston

Bike: Specialized Aethos
wheels/tires: Roval/Continental GP 5000 TR
Groupset: Ultegra Di2
Bike Highlights: First time trying an electronic group set and so far so good
Changes for HR: Running 30mm tubeless - so am interested to so how that works out for the week
Favourite Local Route: BP’s, Cypress and Eagle Lake Dam
Additional Notes: I haven’t raced or ridden in Europe since I was a teenager so am pretty excited to go back with a bike. Big thanks to Eric H for the invite and inspiration to go!

Clarke BaylesClarke Bayles

Bike: Giant TCR Advanced Pro 0
Wheels/tires: Giant SLR 1 with CADEX race tubeless tires
Groupset: Ultegra 12sp
Bike Highlights: no integrated bar/stem combo makes travelling easier. 
Changes for HR: changed to a 34-11 cassette for climbing
Favourite Local Route: STEED!
Additional Notes: I had a liver transplant in 2010, I was given less than 2 years to live without it.  So I’m just happy to be here!  

Honourable mentions

Geoff WattsGeoff Watts

Geoff had planned to take part in Haute Route this year, however due to injury he has had to sit this one out. We hope you heal up soon, Geoff!