Weird & Wonderful Triathlon Pro Bike Tech From The ITU Grand Final

Weird & Wonderful Triathlon Pro Bike Tech From The ITU Grand Final


– I’m here at rather wet and windy. ITU Grand Final in Rotterdam. And behind me I have the Elite bikes. Ready to go into T1. So, I’m going to have a walk around and see if there’s any
weird and wonderful tech. (upbeat music) (computer loading noises) I’m beside Richard Murray’s
new, Specialised Tarmac and we’ve noticed that he’s got the Ceramic Speed OPSW jockey wheels and chain for reduced friction. And we’ve also noticed that he
has a new S-Works crank set. Which is yet to be released. So, we can’t give you a whole
lotta detail on that, yet. But, really interesting feature. We’re here with Flora Duffy’s Scott Foil, with customised paintwork on the forks and even her name and world
champion on the rear stays. And she even has her clip-on
aero bars for today’s race. Maybe a breakaway happening, we don’t know, we’ll have to see. We’re here with Belgium athlete
Jelle Geens’ Cervelo S5. And he has a 2INPower crank set. And on that he has a big
Qarbon carbon chain rings. Just a really cool set up. This is Rachel Klamer,
of the Netherlands, bike and what’s interesting are
the tubs that’s she’s using. – She has the Dugast 24mm tubs. Which you actually
normally see the pros using for classic stages where you have cobbles and bad conditions. Which we have a lot of here. This is Jodie Stimpson’s
Specialised S-Works Tarmac. And whilst it’s not
weird or wonderful tech. What’s interesting is how
a few of them have put their sunnies and their
gels onto their bike. And this is really cool. She’s put it with her elastic so she can whip it off coming
out of T1 nice and easily. Right. We are here right beside
Richard Varga’s Trek Madone. And to be honest, all
we’re interested in here is the paintwork. Check it out. Slovakian
colours, very cool. This is Japan’s Yuko Sato’s Cervelo R5. And here she’s got the
Controltech Clip-On Aero Bars. But clearly, she has run out of space for her bike computer. She’s got the Pioneer bike computer here. And, so she has actually attached it from the top cap, outward. So she still has it on the bike
and she can see it visibly. We’re here with Jan
Celustka of Czech Republic. He’s warming up for the race. And he is on his S-Works Venge. And he’s got the clip-on
TT/TRI Specialised Tri Bars. We have seen a lot of the athletes with clip-on Tri-Bars here. They can’t extend beyond the levers. But these are really cool addition. Designed specifically for the bike. Again, for the bad conditions and the surfaces here in Rotterdam, is we’ve got cobbles on
a lot of the bike course. We found another athlete
using 28mm tyres. We have Ashley Gentle of Australia and she is using the
Vittoria Corsa 28mm tyres. Here we have Fernando Alarza’s BH G7 Pro. It’s a rather striking paintwork. You’ll definitely spot
this bike in transition. We’ve also noticed with
conditions this weekend a lot of the pros opting for shoe covers or toe covers on the bike. Just to keep their feet warm. So, they can run off
without ice blocks for feet. I’m here with Andrea Salvisberg of Switzerland’s
Specialised S-Works Venge. And the thing that we’ve noticed here is the bike and junction box mount. It’s really sleek. It’d been designed by Specialised, specifically for these
handlebars and for the bench. This is South African
Gillian Sanders’ Scott Foil. And in this women’s
race, there seems to be quite a few using these clip-on aero bars. And here, Gillian is using the Controltech Impel Clip-On Aero Bars. – We’ve got para-athlete Lauren Steadman’s Trek Madone with us today. Now, excuse a bit of dirt
cause she has literally just won a silver medal at
the ITU World Championships. So, we’ll let her off on that one. Unique thing about this bike, Lauren is a one arm amputee. And she has only got the
use of her left hand. So that means, everything is controlled on the left hand side. Breaks and shifting. And it does mean for the breaks, that when she puts on the breaks it stops front and back simultaneously. Lauren’s got the Dura-Ace
Di2 Electronic Groupset. And with that, she’s
got the Synchro Shift. Which means, when she gets
to the top of her cassette the chain automatically
drops off the big ring down to the small ring on the front And then, drops down a couple of gears at the back to compensate. So Lauren, also has the
ability to move down on the front derailleur
with this button just here. She can move back up with
the front shifter here. – So, we gave us some
interesting bikes and tech here from Rotterdam at
the ITU Grand Final. And see more videos from
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