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ATOC Tech: Everything you’ve got

  • By Nick Legan
  • Published May. 20, 2011
  • Updated May. 21, 2011 at 12:12 PM EDT

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.

FILED UNDER: Amgen Tour of California / Bikes and Tech / Pro Bikes

Nick Legan

Nick Legan

After graduating from Indiana University with honors and a degree in French and journalism, Nick Legan jumped straight into wrenching at Pro Peloton bike shop in Boulder for a few years. Then, he began a seven-year stint in the professional ranks, most recently serving for RadioShack at the Tour de France and the Amgen Tour of California. He also worked for Garmin-Slipstream, CSC, Toyota-United, Health Net and Ofoto. Legan served as the VeloNews tech editor 2010-2012 before sliding across the line into public relations.

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