Uphill time trials always prompt the question, road bike or time trial bike? For stage 5 of the USA Pro Challenge, riders raced up a 10-mile (16.1km) course that climbed roughly 1,500ft. All the GC contenders ran full time trial setups, opting for aerodynamic benefit over weight reduction.
However, many riders just used road bikes with clip-on aero bars. With the top European teams operating out of rented busses and trucks instead of their own fleet, some bikes didn’t make the transatlantic flight.
Further, with time trialing being an inherently uncomfortable venture, riders and mechanics modified their bikes in a variety of ways, stacking extra padding onto arm rests and wrapping them with electrical tape, and running nose-less saddles.
Click through the image gallery, right, for a detailed look at the bikes used for the stage 5 time trial of the USA Pro Challenge. And check out Cyclingnews for complete coverage of the USA Pro Challenge.
The Stages Power meter popped up on Team Novo Nordisk bikes