Inside the Team Lotto Soudal service course

Belgian pro team's secret equipment hub

In a dingy warehouse somewhere in Belgium, two mechanics are working away quietly. Bikes and wheels line one wall, with more racked up in the middle of the space. Welcome to the Lotto Soudal service course, the equipment hub of a WorldTour team that’s more Belgian than crosswinds and cobbles.

The two men go about their business in an oasis of light at the back of the building, surrounded by tables of tools and piles of new and used bike components. BikeRadar took a wander round and had a delve through their rubbish – click on the gallery above to get a taste of what keeps a pro team ticking over.

Matthew Allen

Technical Writer, UK
Former bike mechanic, builder of wheels, hub fetishist and lover of shiny things. Also a really, really terrible racer who's been dropped more times than you've shaved your legs.
  • Discipline: Road, with occasional MTB dalliances
  • Preferred Terrain: Long mountain climbs followed by high-speed descents (that he doesn't get to do nearly often enough), plus scaring himself off-road when he outruns his skill set.
  • Current Bikes: Scott Addict R3 2014, Focus Cayo Disc 2015, Niner RLT 9
  • Dream Bike: Something hideously expensive and custom with external cables and a threaded bottom bracket because screw you bike industry.
  • Beer of Choice: Cider, please. Thistly Cross from Scotland
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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