Pro bike: Rochelle Gilmore’s Colnago C59

Compact Italian race bike for Wiggle Honda team leader

BikeRadar recently visited the launch event for the Wiggle Honda Women’s Pro Cycling team in London. A fleet of Colnago C59 race bikes were on display, along with charismatic team mechanic Adam Nordmeyer. Owner, manager and team rider Rochelle Gilmore’s bike instantly got our attention, and we take a look at her dinky 45cm steed below.


Rochelle’s C59 Colnago is the second-smallest size available, at 45cm. It wears the same black, orange and white livery as her teammates’ bikes and, size aside, you’d have to look fairly close to tell it apart from the others. 

The C59 has a full Campagnolo 11-speed electronic groupset, and also gets a Bora Ultra wheelset from the Italian manufacturer. She rides with a wireless SRM power meter attached to her Campagnolo Super Record cranks, and also chooses to run two Uma carbon bottle cages from Tacx. The cockpit consists of an integrated setup from Deda, which is something that sets her bike very much aside from the other girls’ on the team.

Take a closer look at Rochelle’s exotic, and very much Italian, setup in our image gallery.

The deda integrated bar and stem is unique to rochelle’s bike:
Oli Woodman/Future Publishing

The integrated bar and stem is unique to Rochelle’s bike

Complete bike specification

  • Frame: 45cm Colnago C59 Team Edition frame
  • Fork: Colnago Team Edition
  • Headset: Colnago C-HS2 
  • Stem: Deda Alanera RHM 110mm, 40cm intergrated
  • Handlebar: Deda Alanera RHM 110mm, 40cm intergrated
  • Tape/grips: Fizik MicroTex bar tape
  • Front brake: Campagnolo Super Record Brakes
  • Rear brake: Campagnolo Super Record Brakes
  • Brake levers: Campagnolo Super Record
  • Front derailleur: Campagnolo 11-speed Super Record EPS
  • Rear derailleur: Campagnolo 11-speed Super Record EPS
  • Shifters: Campagnolo 11-speed Super Record EPS
  • Cassette: Campagnolo Super Record 11-25T
  • Chain: Campagnolo Super Record
  • Crankset: Campagnolo Super Record 11-speed, 170mm arms, with wireless SRM 
  • Bottom bracket: Campagnolo Super Record
  • Pedals: Look Keo Blade Aero
  • Wheelset: Campagnolo Bora Ultra
  • Rims: Campagnolo Bora Ultra
  • Front tire: Continental Sprinter tubulars 23mm
  • Rear tire: Continental Sprinter tubulars 23mm
  • Saddle: Fizik Arione 00 full carbon
  • Seatpost: Deda RSX2 31.6
  • Extras: Tacx Uma carbon bottle cages, K-Edge number holder, K-Edge chain catcher, Morgan Blue AquaProof Paste on headset, BB cup threads and screw threads, Colnago Carbon Paste on seatpost, Morgan Blue Bearing grease for BB bearings

Critical measurements

  • Rider’s height: 1.68m (5ft 5in)
  • Rider’s weight: 56kg (123lb)

Career highlights

  • Commonwealth Games gold medallist
  • 3 x World Cup gold medallist
  • 2 x World Track Championships silver medallist
  • 2 x Commonwealth Games silver medallist
  • Oceania Games Champion
  • Junior World Championship silver medallist
  • 2 x Giro d’Italia Femminile stage winner
  • Route de France stage winner
  • 2 x Australian Scratch Race Champion
  • 2 x Australian Criterium Champion
  • 1 x Australian Points Race Champion