Time-trial tech at the Tour of California — gallery

Glamor meets necessity for Euro pros in Cali

At the Amgen Tour of California, many of the world’s very best teams assembled for the start of the time trial in a hodge podge of rented vehicles, with follow vehicles ranging from wrapped team cars to pick-up trucks.

The actual cycling gear was mostly straight-ahead professional grade, but there was still a fair amount of quirky solutions to be found.

BikeRadar wandered the team pits and loitered behind the starting house for a close look at all the riders’ gear.

Bodnar had a wide strip of smooth tape covering a stitched-on patch of grip tape, which a mechanic removed after his warm-up
Bodnar had a wide strip of smooth tape covering a stitched-on patch of grip tape, which a mechanic removed after his warm-up

Suction cups, protruding camera booms, ice vests and plenty of electrical-tape and cardboard solutions were to be found.

Click or swipe through the gallery above for a look inside the gear of stage 4 of the Tour of California. And be sure to visit Cyclingnews for complete coverage of the Amgen Tour of California.

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
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  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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