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AIPP 2014

Tru Blu Racing recently completed its final journey across the border to compete at the Australian International Pedal Prix in Murray Bridge. The team has experienced incredible success at the event in recent years, and was hoping to finish atop the podium one last time, but ultimately had to settle for 2nd place to a very strong Platt Racing outfit. While it was disappointing to not achieve our desired result, we can come away from the event with some level of satisfaction, having overcome a number of setbacks in our preparation to finish only 3 laps down in one of the closest races in recent memory. The team would like to thank the AIPP for putting on another fantastic event, and congratulate Platt Racing on their well-deserved victory.


Steele Von Hoff Interview

Recently we had the opportunity to catch up with Steele Von Hoff and find out how life as a professional cyclist with Garmin-Sharp has been treating him.†Steele was a member of Tru Blu Racing from 2007-2010, and his exploits are well known among the Australian HPV community, where he produced some of the most freakish rides in the sportís history. After switching his focus to full-time road racing in 2011, he was a dominant sprinting force on the Australian domestic circuit riding for Genesys Pro Cycling, and as a result was picked up by Garminís development team for the 2012 season. More success led to a professional contract with Garmin-Sharp in 2013, who he continues to race with in 2014. Steele is currently based in Girona, Spain.

Image courtesy of Graham Watson

So Steele, youíve now been racing as a professional cyclist at World Tour level for 2 years. How has the experience been for you so far?

So far it's been great! But like any career it has its ups and downs. The last few races I have been plagued with little niggling injuries which haven't allowed me to train properly. Racing when you know you're not at your best can be quite frustrating at times when you can't fix race situations that you normally would be able to. But when you train well and are able to be in a position to win, you look at everything in a much better light


2014 Wonthaggi Champions

Tru Blu Racing has completed a hat-trick of victories at Wonthaggi, capturing a third straight and fourth overall win at the 24 hour GP.

The team arrived at the race with one of its strongest lineups in recent years, with riders coming off a good summer of riding and trike sessions at Casey Fields. Having decided not to compete at the first Casey 6 hour race to focus on Wonthaggi, we were keen to see how our slightly refined vehicle would perform under race conditions on a rougher and more challenging track. Early signs were good, as we were able to post a time in practice that was good enough for pole position, albeit slightly slower than last yearís time due to rain falling during the practice session. Recent Casey winners Platt Racing also showed that they were up for the fight, posting the second best time, less than half a second behind.


Almost Ready...

We're currently putting the finishing touches on our 2014 vehicle and getting everything prepared for another assault on the Wonthaggi HPV GP in a couple of weeks' time. As always, we've tried to make a few minor improvements to our vehicle to find some more speed, but the main focus has been on getting ourselves in the best shape possible, as the trike won't push itself! We're looking forward to hitting the track for our first race of 2014 and would like to wish all teams good luck for the race. See you there!


10 Year Anniversary

2014 marks the 10th year of racing for the Tru Blu team, having first rolled up to the starting grid of a race at Wonthaggi back in 2004. A lot of things have changed since then, most notably the speed of the racing across the board and the distances covered, but we have tried to approach each year of racing with the same mentality - to enjoy ourselves and seek to constantly improve by pushing and supporting each other. HPV racing is an addictive sport and while we've talked briefly over the last couple of years about possibly hanging up the boots, it only takes a couple of weeks into the end of season break to change our minds. So here's looking forward to another great year of racing. Perhaps we'll be posting something similar in 2024?

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