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Chasing Rainbow: Putting the Timemachine to the Ultimate Test

27. September 2018 — BMC Racing Team Stories
BMC Racing Team Stories

If you were watching the final moments of the Men’s Elite Time Trial at the World Championships in Innsbruck yesterday, you saw Rohan crush the competition to win by a staggering 1:21 over the 52.5 kilometer course.

It was the biggest winning margin in the event since 2009. You would have also seen Rohan break into one of the biggest smiles we’ve ever seen and lift his BMC Timemachine in front of the cameras in celebration. The picture of a rider whose dream to become World Champion became a reality. The picture of a rider who loves his bike.

Rohan knows a thing or two about time trials. Prior to becoming Time Trial World Champion yesterday, Rohan had 15 time trial victories to his name, six during the 2018 season alone, and has been part of the majority the team’s Team Time Trial wins during his time at BMC Racing Team. There has been one constant in every one of those victories; the BMC Timemachine.

After his Vuelta a Espana stage 16 time trial win, Rohan said “The control that the bike has is perfect. I feel comfortable on all terrains and conditions and the aerodynamics of this bike help in all aspects of time trialling ”.

Today, we asked the World Champion what he loves most about the BMC Timemachine and his response was simple; “the stability at speed and the cornering.” When racing against the clock, speed is everything but so is stability. Rohan would know. He clocked an impressive 49.974km/hour average and an eye watering max speed of 88km/hour. You can be one of the best riders in the World but it takes the best equipment in the World to become World Champion.

Rohan takes the rainbow jersey (c) Chris Auld Photography

Down to the millimeter

Over the years, Rohan has perfected his time trial position to the point where his set up has remained the same for the past three years. “After Rohan’s Hour Record we made a few changes and since then, it has been exactly the same. Rohan is not one of those riders who is playing with his saddle or always making adjustments. He has his position and he sticks to it,” BMC Racing Team Performance Mechanic Jurgen Landrie said.

“Of course, his actual set up depends on the course profile and we made big changes to Rohan’s set up after the Team Time Trial on Sunday. For the Individual Time Trial, we went with the most extreme set up possible with a 56/39 chainring and a 11/30 cassette. Rohan and I spoke most days in the lead up to the race and discussed what was possible. We wanted to have everything perfect and with our previous experience and knowledge, we were comfortable in pushing the limits of his set up. It worked.”

Living a bike geek’s dream

Jurgen lives the dream of most bike geeks; working with the BMC Timemachine day in, day out. Few people would know the Timemachine as well as he does, so when asked what he thinks sets the Timemachine apart, Jurgen didn’t hesitate.

“The aerodynamic design is really impressive. BMC Switzerland worked with F1 experts to really perfect the design from both an aerodynamic perspective as well as the look. All of the riders are really happy with the power transfer and the braking system is second to none.”

Jurgen Landrie at work on the BMC Timemachine (c) Phil Gale

Rohan Dennis’ BMC Timemachine 01

Frame: Timemachine 01

Saddle: fi’zi:k Ares

Components: Shimano Dura Ace Di2

Wheels: PRO Wheels

Tires: Vittoria Speed 25mm

Handle bars: 3T

Garmin: Edge 1030

Bottle: Elite ChronoTT 

Rohan Dennis and his BMC Timemmachine (c) Chris Auld Photography

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