ATOC Tech: Everything you’ve got

Five hours of bike work for 30 minutes of racing? Must be TT time.

SOLVANG, Calif. (VN) — Time trial days are never easy, for anyone. For competitors they’re all about emptying yourself out on course. For staff they are logistically complicated and time consuming. Mechanics spend copious amounts of time working on TT bikes. Strange frame shapes and internal cable routing complicate matters. Even more attention is required when it comes to keeping positions UCI compliant.

“What’s the difference between road and TT bikes?” goes the old joke. “One of them is raced for five hours and you work on it for 30 minutes. The other is raced for 30 minutes and work on it for five hours.”

You can guess which is which.

Here’s a gallery of shots taken of the prep work and pre-race set-ups.