Every pro probably hopes to race a custom painted bike. One of the surest ways to earn custom livery is a national championship title, so Luka Mezgec went out and won three in 2017. And his reward… he is the first pro cyclist to race on the brand new 2018 Scott Foil Disc this week at the Abu Dhabi Tour.
Slovenian National Champion Scott Foil Disc
Luka Mezgec – a former Giro d’Italia stage winner – won the Slovenian national road title back in June of 2017. Now the Mitchelton-Scott pro gets a custom white, blue & red Foil Disc for him to debut at the Abu Dhabi Tour. The new 2018 Scott Foil Disc was only introduced at the end of last year, and Mezgec will be the first to take it to a pro road race.
He probably locked the custom painted bike by not only winning road nationals. Coming from a mountain bike background, he also took the national XC MTB title a few weeks later in July. Then, in November he won the cyclocross national championships too! Looks like Scott’s custom paintshop is going to be busy. Maybe he should let some other Slovenian have a chance?
You might think it is just that Slovenia has a shallow talent pool, but the country has been building itself into a pretty solid cycling powerhouse as of late. In 2017 cyclists from Slovenia won stages at all three Grand Tours, a feat only matched by Italy, France & Colombia.
Slovenian National Champion kit
Besides the custom painted disc brake road bike and what must be a pile of national champ jerseys, bibs & skinsuits, Scott also painted up a custom matching pair of Road RC Ultimate shoes and a Cadence helmet. He is probably one of very few national champs that doesn’t have to worry about which discipline he is riding in when he reaches into his closet for kit to wear.