US national champion Timmy Duggan will soon be defending his American road title, but first he will be racing the Amgen Tour of California beginning this weekend. The Team Saxo Tinkoff rider recently returned to racing at the Tour of Turkey following a nasty crash at the Tour Down Under that resulted in a broken tibia and collarbone. He spent two weeks at home in Nederland, Colorado, for some recharging and altitude training ahead of California. While BikeRadar often profiles pros' race machines, here we take a look at the training bike that Duggan, like most pros, uses away from the races.
Duggan's Specialized S-Works Tarmac features most of the same parts as his designated race bike, which stays with the team mechanics and travels to races. The primary difference is the wheels. While pros almost always race on tubulars, many train on clinchers for the same reason you and I do: changing flats is much easier with clinchers.
While Duggan's race bike is completely taken care of at the races, he is largely on his own when training. After motorpacing in the rain with his friend Ted King of Team Cannondale, Duggan took his bike to the car wash to clean it up before this photoshoot.
"We get broken cables like anyone else. We buy tubes like anyone else," Duggan said. "But your bike is your samurai sword. You’ve got to take care of it. Especially your training bike. If it’s running on fumes, you’re not getting good training."
Like his race bike, Duggan's training Tarmac has SRAM Red 2012 parts and a Zipp Service Course cockpit with an S-Works crank and an SRM power meter. His PowerControl 7 head unit is a special edition US Olympic team model. The training wheels, however, are Zipp 101 clinchers.
Interestingly, Duggan uses a Red WiFLi long-cage rear derailleur, which allows the use of a large cassette. For training around his Nederland home high in the Rocky Mountains, Duggan prefers to have an 11-28T cassette.
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