02 September 2013

Bikes at the Race

ProTour and Continental Team Bikes

The bikes that raced the races in 2013

The enormous Eurobike bicycle and equipment manufacturer exposition took place in Germany this past week and Interbike (the much smaller American cousin) begins on September 18th in Las Vegas. This is the time of year when the new models come out, when supplies in bike shops are limited because no one wants to stock an outdated 2013 bike when the new models are waiting to be shipped, that is once the bikes stop being paraded around and displayed at tradeshows.

Still the racing season is not over yet, these bikes continue to be raced upon. This is a farewell of sorts to the best and fastest of them all - those dream machines ridden by the pros which we all wish we could own and ride ourselves. I was fortunate to hang with the best this year.

Today I took the time to compile recent shots of each of the team's bikes I saw this year. Seventeen different frame models from 20 different pro bike teams. I list not only the team's bike manufacturer sponsor, but the frame models that each pro team rides. All photos below © by Karen Rakestraw at Pedal Dancer®

Next year, the 2014 fleet of bike frames might appear with new paint schemes, slight changes, or remain much the same. I hope they show up with even more flashy colors and graphics. Time to print up the supply of rider name tag labels to affix to the bikes, begin the inventory wishlists between the teams and equipment sponsors, and schedule some quality bike team mechanic time.

Say goodbye to these old bikes of 2013, a new crop is arriving soon. 

What will Peter Sagan's bike look like next year?
Will Brent Bookwalter get a new badly needed bike label in 2014?

UCI ProTeams

BMC Racing Team (USA) - bike: BMC
Team bike models: SLR01 (road), bmc TR01 (aero), TM01 (time trial)
Cannondale Pro Cycling (ITA) - bike: Cannondale
Team bike models: Supersix EVO HI-MOD Team (road), Slice RS (time trial)
RadioShack Leopard Trek (LUX) - bike: Trek
Team bike models: Trek Madone 6.9 and 7.9 (road), Speed Concept 9 Series (time trial)
Sky Procycling (GBR) - bike: Pinarello
Team bike models: Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think 2 (road), Pinarello Dogma K (road), Pinarello Bolide (time trial)
Team Argos-Shimano (NED) - bike: Felt
Team bike model: Felt F1 (road), Felt AR1 Series (aero), Felt DA (time trial)
Team Garmin-Sharp (USA) - bike: Cervelo
Team bike models: R Series (road), S Series (aero), P Series (time trial)
Team Saxo-Tinkoff (DEN) - bike: Specialized
Team bike models: Tarmac SL4 (road), S-Works Venge (aero), S-Works Roubaix SL4 (classics), Shiv Pro (time trial)
Omega Pharma Quickstep (BEL) - bike: Specialized
Team bike models: Tarmac SL4 (road), S-Works Venge (aero), S-Works Roubaix SL4 (classics), Shiv Pro (time trial)
Orica GreenEDGE, Australia (AUS) - bike: Scott
Team bike models: Scott Addict SL (road) and Plasma 3 (time trial)
Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team (NED) - bike: Bianchi 
Team bike models: Bianchi Oltre XR (road) and Chrono (time trial)

UCI Professional Continental Teams

Champion System Pro Cycling Team (CHN) - bike: Fuji
Team bike models: Altamira (road), Fuji SST (aero), Norcom Straight (time trial)
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA) - bike: NeilPryde
Team bike models: Alize (road), BURAsl (aero), Bayamo (time trial)
Team Novo Nordisk (USA) - bike: Colnago (an all diabetic team of riders)
Team bike models: C59 and M10 (road), K-Zero (time trial)
COLOMBIA (COL) - bike: Wilier Triestina
Team bike models: Cento 1 SR, (road), Zero 7 (aero), Twinblade or Blad (time trail)

UCI Continental Teams

Bissell Pro Cycling (USA) - bike: Pinarello
Team bike models: Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think2 (road), Pinarello Dogma K (road), Pinarello Bolide (time trial)
Bontrager Cycling Team (USA) - bike: Trek
Team bike models: Madone 7 Series (road), Speed Concept (time trail)
Optum Presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies (USA) - bike: Orbea
Team bike models: Orca GDR (road), ORDU GDR (time trial)
Jelly Belly p/b Kenda (USA) - bike: Focus
Team bike models: Izalco Team SL (road), Izalco Chrono (time trial)
Freddie Rodriguez Jelly Belly Focus American National Champion Road Bike
Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home (USA) - bike: Jamis
Team bike models: Xenith (road)  SL or Team, Xenith (time trial) T2/T1
5-hour ENERGY presented by Kenda Racing Team (USA) - bike: Devinci
Team bike models: Leo SL (road) and Leo T2 (time trial)

The End of the parade of bikes

On a side note, if Cannondale happens to have a used but safe fork hanging around that would fit my Cannondale Evo Supersix - I'll take it, my bike, and my cycling career have been benched until I locate one. Thanks in advance. 

I recently compiled this post: All the Road Bike Reviews of the 2013 Tour de France. Just in case you are in the market for a new road bike.