USA Pro Challenge time trial tech - gallery

Teams use road and TT bikes for uphill time trial

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.

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Ben Delaney

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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.
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