Australian Rohan Dennis finished second overall at the Amgen Tour of California last year and with time running out on the 2016 edition, his best hope at erasing his deficit in the GC standings lies in the 20.3km-long stage 6 time trial in Folsom. Dennis finished second on an identical course in 2014 on a Cervélo P5; this time around, he’ll go for broke on BMC’s striking TimeMachine TM01.
The BMC TimeMachine TM01 that Dennis will pilot is about a striking a machine as time trial bikes get with dramatically angular lines, hidden front and rear brakes, and an external-steerer fork that allows for an ultra-narrow front end. Whereas standard TM01s make do with an aluminum stem and modular spacers to adjust handlebar reach, the one Dennis uses features a one-piece carbon setup that melds a 3T Brezza II base bar to a custom stem — definitely best to measure twice and mold once.
The build kit is otherwise essentially off-the-shelf, including a complete Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 transmission, an SRM power meter, speedy 22mm-wide Continental Podium TT tubular tires, and a TT-specific fi’zi:k Ares k:ium saddle with its characteristically snub nose and grippy appliqués on the nose to help keep Dennis from needlessly sliding about.
Whereas Dennis and rest of the BMC team normally use Shimano wheels on the road, however, his time trial bike goes off-script with a HED three-spoke carbon tubular up front and a Lightweight flat disc out back — both of which are run without any identifying labels.
Total weight without bottle or computer head is 8.30kg (18.30lb).