Champion cyclists like Tom Boonen and Tony Martin push their bikes to the max every time they ride out on the tarmac and their Specialized models are specifically designed to withstand that relentless pressure.

So if you’re planning a cycling adventure this year – it’s well worth taking a civilian version of the Specialized bike with you.

Professional and amateur cycling tours haven been coming thick and fast in 2012 – the three month Tour d’Afrique came to a close in May, followed by the conclusion of the Giro d’Italia – with Ryder Hesjedal taking the crown. The Tour de France was the next big race on the calendar and to the surprise of the cycling world – the number two rider on the planet, Tom Boonen, decided to opt out of the competition.
Boonen has his eyes set on the Olympics and omitted himself from the Tour de France in order to remain in top shape for the Games this summer. Cycling can take its toll on the athletes and of course – the bikes themselves.

Mark Cavendish

Of course, the Tour de France is well underway now and Mark Cavendish is impressing after the second stage. Since 2008, the Manxman has prevailed in 20 Tour stages. Whereas he usually rides for the green jersey, this year he is supporting teammate Bradley Wiggins.

Cavendish nosed in front of Andre Greipel to clinch the second stage despite the rest of the Sky team focusing on pushing Wiggins to the checkpoint. As a true professional, Cavendish didn’t seem fazed by the lack of support and proved his coolness under pressure by snatching the win in the last kilometre.

Tom Boonen

Meanwhile, Tom Boonen is back on the saddle – clocking up more than 1,300km on the Tour de Suisse route before taking the Belgian Road Race Championship tri-colour jersey on Sunday June 24th. The jersey is an old friend – Boonen wore it proudly back in 2009. This year, he has his sights set on London and will use the Tour of Poland as a cycling appetiser before chasing gold.

Tony Martin

Boonen’s teammate Tony Martin, did enter the Tour de France and has shocked the tournament by continuing despite fracturing his wrist during stage one. Martin crashed near the beginning of the stretch between Liege and Seraing. Somehow, the hardened German battled through the pain to finish 33rd in the slipstream of road and track veteran Christian Vande Velde.

Martin and the rest of his Omega Pharma Quickstep team all ride on Specialized bikes because of the quality engrained into the DNA of the brand. Specialized work with riders to fine tune the pro bikes, according to their individual posture and weight etc, but the models they have on sale to the public are the same – just without the tailored tweaks.

The beauty about casual touring is you can sample the views on the continent, the local delicacies on the route and the culture of every different region you visit. Specialized road bikes are 100% recommended because they are built to endure professional muscle power over the longest Grand Tour distances. Choosing your bike is just as exciting as choosing the adventure holiday destination – make a smart investment today and you have a Specialized bike fit to travel with you on every riding excursion.