a friend of mine had those crazy Roval wheels on his bike for a little while, they added a full pound over his tubeless Durace wheel set, he recently sold them on ebay
It’s here: http://forum.slowtwitch.com/gforum.c…t_reply;so=ASC and TFA does mention BJ ripping the guy for “the slowest wheel change ever”… but it seems more out of humor in a tense moment than a rip. Also, there are photos people sent in and/or discovered by the author on flickr etc
…two points regarding atoc & wheels… …i noticed in several photo journals that during stage four, in the heavy wind & rain on the way down the coast, a lot of riders had gone to the smallest front rim profile they could get…i know they didn’t start the stage that way, but for safety’s sake a lotta guys understandably went in that direction…
…& there is a great stage three story thread out there, w/ photos, of bobby julich who mis-read a left hand corner, hopped a traffic island yet slammed his rear carbon mavic rim into it & talked a local rider out of his shimano 9-speed rear wheel to finish the stage… …no team car, first neutral moto had gone through w/ the break, next neutral moto was back w/ the group & bobby j is so hyped he’s taking the guys wheel & ripping the guy for “the slowest wheel change ever”… …absolutely hilarious in light of the fact that basically it all worked out… …i only hope julich & csc actually made it worthwhile for the guy…
I have a picture of Fred Rodriguez’s rear wheel after his crash on stage 6…I don’t know what they were riding but it makes a nifty carbon taco.
ooompaloompa – Stay tuned. We had a chance to speak with Freddy Vianne at ATOC.
Anon – The only tubeless bike I saw was Fabian Wegmann’s electronic DA bike.
Did anyone race on tubeless at the ATOC?
I see those Rovals, and I can’t help thinking, “Who thought to slap a starfish on a bicycle wheel?” Gotta love ‘em.
Were these all taken at different stages or was this the selection on the start line of a single stage? so pro seeing the clean cassettes and STACKS of wheels waiting for action.
thanks again for showing us all the pro porn that we need so badly.
and on the subject or proness since the conditions at ATOC were so BKW, did you get any insight on what the hardmen were prepping those bare legs with during the hell stages in the cold and rain?
infantile but strangely like finding your self in the front of the pack in an unexpected points sprint