“I am beyond excited for my new partnership with Argon 18,” the New Hampshire native says. “I spent quite a few weeks testing and re-testing four different bikes on various terrain and in different conditions. At the end of those trials the Argon stood out from the others for a bunch of reasons, but primarily for its lightness and responsiveness. I tested it on hard efforts up Mt. Lemmon as well as on the super-windy, rolling Pistol Hill Loop in Tucson I use for Kona training. Not only is it an aerodynamic and fast time trial bike, but it is super-light and snappy. It felt like a road bike out of the saddle climbing, and on rolling terrain it carried its speed with no bogging on uphills.”
Jackson continues: “Another reason I picked Argon 18 is that it lets me get into the perfect position to generate the most power I can. I'm extremely picky (ask Wattie) with where I sit on the bike, and can tell you if my saddle has been moved a fraction of a millimeter. The Argon fits me so well and allows me to get lower and narrower than I have been able to in the past. Finally, I chose Argon 18 because of the team behind these bikes. They’re committed to innovation and development and helping their triathletes and cyclists be the fastest they can be. I am so excited at the opportunity to join this team and to be a part of that.”
Stéphanie Raymond, Sponsorship Manager at Argon-18, echoes Jackson’s comments. “We’re extremely proud that Heather based her decision off of our bike’s performance and chose Argon 18 as her bicycle sponsor. We always aim for gains on the bike, wherever we can find them, and are excited about the opportunity to assist Heather in reaching the top step of the podium in Kona.”
Jackson’s announcement, however, is not the only Wattie Ink. and Argon 18 news today. Team Wattie Ink, an elite team of amateur and professional triathletes, announces today that Argon 18 will be supporting that group of athletes in 2018 as well. Team Wattie Ink. comprises 100 athletes from across the country, spanning a wide range of abilities and backgrounds. Every year over 4000 hopeful applicants put their names forward for acceptance, proving how successful and respected the team is in the triathlon market.
“We couldn't be more excited to start this new chapter with such an incredible bike manufacturer. To be able to put this caliber of bike technology under our athletes is the dream of any Team Director. I can’t wait to see the bike splits produced this season,” Robert Flanigan, director of Team Wattie Ink. says. “The design and integrated aerodynamics of the Argon 18 Tri Bikes—especially the E-119+—has me itching to race like I haven't in a long time. I have no doubt that I'll be seeing results on the bike that I haven't produced in the past.”
“We want to support all triathletes in reaching their goals, so we are stoked to partner with Team Wattie Ink.,” says Raymond. “We believe we’ll see all of the team athletes move closer to their dream results aboard Argon 18. Our partnership provides us a chance to support not only professionals, but to assist elite age groupers, too, in getting faster.”
Heather Jackson is an American professional triathlete based out of Bend, Oregon. Her accolades include a third-place finish at the 2016 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii; three-time Wildflower Triathlon champion; two-time Ironman 70.3 Oceanside champion; Ironman Coeur d’Alene and Ironman Lake Placid champion; and 2013 Escape from Alcatraz champion. Learn more here.
Argon 18 bikes are proudly designed and engineered in Montreal, Canada. Established in 1989, Argon 18 bikes are the brainchild of Olympian and 3-time Canadian Champion Gervais Rioux – one of North America’s most successful racers. Sophisticated, inventive and strikingly different, Argon 18 bikes are built around the cyclist, with handling, aerodynamics and human performance at the core of the design. Argon 18 bikes can be found on countless roads and in more than 70 countries around the world. You can learn more about Argon 18 here.