PASO ROBLES, Calif. (VN) — While most of his teammates roll on the latest that Cervélo has to offer, Christian Vande Velde was curiously aboard a 2010 Cervélo R3SL at the start of the stage 5 in California. The model is no longer in production.
Team mechanics and officials wouldn’t comment and VeloNews was unable to catch up with Vande Velde regarding his choice. Cervélo would clearly prefer that VDV ride either a regular R3 or R5, so our best guess is he simply prefers the feel of the older model.
The R3SL he’s riding features a standard English bottom bracket instead of Cervélo’s BBright. Cervélo also made small changes to the R3 geometry for 2011. It could very well be that he prefers the fit of his R3SL.
In any case, the bike is clearly up to the task. In fact, like most WorldTour bicycles weight needs to be added to keep the bike above the UCI weight limit. Solid Rotor chainrings, a heavier SRAM cassette and 3T Pro level handlebars and stem (instead of the lighter LTD or Team versions) add functional weight to Garmin-Cervélo’s Tour contender’s bike.
Today's object: get the blue piece across the line as fast as possible
Timing pieces are a part of modern cycling. Strangely races don't put them on spare bikes as well.
Shimano pedals on SRAM bikes
Many Garmin-Cervélo riders are using Shimano pedals on their SRAM/Rotor/Mavic equipped bikes.
Beef up to UCI limit with cogs
Mavic's Cosmic Carbone Ultimate rear wheel can be trued, a little. SRAM's PG 1070 cassette is used by many teams to get bikes to the 6.8 kilo weight limit.
Tried and true
3T also makes the Funda Team forks seen on Cervélo bikes. Mavic Cosmic Carbone Ultimates are the preferred all-around wheels of many pros.
No need for 3T's LTD series of bars and stems on most pro bikes. Pro level parts are used to keep bikes at the UCI weight limit.
A triathlon perch
VDV used to ride fi'zi:k's Nisene saddle but switched to custom, team-edition Arione Tri 2 saddles in 2009.
The key numbers
A nice stainless steel number hanger keeps VDV's number in place. A silver Sharpie mark on the seatpost marks his seat height.
A nice long loop of cable housing keeps the rear shifting nice and smooth.
Besides the aero advantage...
Solid chainrings are stiffer and add weight, two good things for most pro bikes.
Long and low
VDV rides a 120mm, 6 degree stem slammed right down on top of the headset.
New year, old bike — Christian Vande Velde's 2010 Cervélo
Christian Vande Velde was aboard a 56cm 2010 R3SL at the start of stage 5.