The mechanics of being a professional WorldTour bike mechanic

The mechanics of being a professional WorldTour bike mechanic

Joe Robinson 11 Jan 2019 Cyclist spent five minutes with an unsung hero of cycling's most successful team. Image: Juan Trujillo Every time a pro rider takes to the start line of a race, he sits atop a bike that is as good as new. A bike that's running as smoothly as the day the rider first received it despite it having clocked up thousands upon thousands of kilometres. The reason for that is simple. Professional teams have mechanics. A hardened group of weathered men (mostly) who redefine what is possible on minimal sleep, constant travel and 18 hour days. At Deceuninck-Quick Step , they have a team of nine mechanics that work non-stop around the clock to get the team's fleet of Specialized bikes in fighting shape to allow the likes of Julian Alaphilippe, Elia Viviani and Enric Mas to ride towards the team's mountain of victories. At a ...

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