Dave I seem to recall a photo from IMUK a year or two back of a gentleman who was erm, built for comfort more than speed, on a very expensive bike with Zipps and a pointy helmet who just scraped under the cut off.
I'll be on a Triban 5 in the pissing rain for four hours today. It's a triple with IIRC a 30/25 lowest ratio and 50/12 top. The stock wheels are made from cast iron, even I could make them flex enough to rub the brakes on a climb, and if you don't fill the bearings with GT85 after a wet ride the rear will sieze.I got some half decent replacements FOC off Decathlon and with some better tyres has made a huge difference. I'll still use my Ridley with 50mm wheels for Outlaw though!
Mark there were people at Outlaw last year on steel framed bikes with downtube shifters that Coppi would have said were old fashioned, they probably still beat me on a 2 and half grand Ridley. If my wife see this, 2 grand Ridley. Buy a new bike but make sure it fits and ride it a lot.