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by Dave Everett
July 6, 2015
Photography by Dave Everett
After winning the stage 1 individual time trial at the 2015 Tour de France, Rohan Dennis spent stage 2 riding a yellow BMC SLR01. CyclingTips roving reporter Dave Everett got a chance to take photos of the bike and learn more about the process of building it up.
ZEELAND, The Netherlands (CT) – In the past we’ve heard of frame manufactures working through the night to have a custom-painted frame ready for the mechanics to build in the early hours of the morning. BMC, though, had a good feeling that Dennis was the man for the stage.
It turned out that the yellow version of the team’s SLR01 frame had been painted two months prior to the Tour. In fact, plans had been put in place after Rohan successfully took the hour record.
The big wigs at BMC had decided to showcase the SLR01 over the TimeMachine, a more aero frame that the team also has at its disposal for the race.
A Belgian TV crew shadowed the mechanics as they prepared the bike on Saturday evening after the stage, presenting it to Dennis who apparently had no prior knowledge of the frame. Mechanics worked until 9:30pm to get the bike ready.
The seasoned mechanics told me it only took a quick hour-and-a-half to get the bike ready. The hard work of installing the internal Di2 cables had been undertaken at the team’s service course before the race. When asked if Dennis was the type of rider that could be fussy with equipment, the mechanic promptly replied:
“He’s quite easy, the only thing is that he has to ride a new saddle. We decided to have a black one as the usual team black and red wouldn’t go with it. But he won’t feel the saddle today, he’ll be flying”.
Equipment on the bike didn’t differ from the usual team set-up. A full Dura-Ace Di2 groupset with a standard 39/53 SRM Dura-Ace chainset, Dura-Ace C50 tubular wheels shod with Continental Competition Pro LTD tubulars, Fizik Areone carbon railed saddle and 3T finishing kit including the Ergosum bars. Rounding out the high-end package was a custom yellow SRM PC8 head unit.
You can see photos of the build below: