This article originally published on BikeRadar
Gerald Ciolek (MTN-Qhubeka) made his mark on the Tour of Britain on Monday, winning stage 2 between Carlisle and Kendal.
The first ever African Pro Continental squad is growing in stature with each race and Milano-Sanremo winner Ciolek, who will celebrate his 27th birthday on Thursday’s stage 6 to Caerphilly, was touted as one to watch on the sprint stages. Indeed, a team mechanic was confident enough to say if we’d waited we could have had photos of a stage winning bike. That proved to be correct.
Ciolek’s Tour of Britain Trek Madone 7-Series looks like it has had a hell of a season and bears the scars and chips gathered on numerous days’ racing. However the cosmetic damage to the Project One paint job belies a rock solid race platform.
The German’s 54cm frame is decked in a full SRAM Red 10-speed groupset, proven Zipp 404 Firecrest tubular wheels and Bontrager saddle and cockpit components.
With 12 UCI wins to the squad’s credit this year, MTN-Qhubeka’s immediate future is looking bright and in July, Ciolek re-signed with the squad for two more years. And in the last couple of weeks, it announced Castelli as clothing sponsor for two years and reaffirmed Trek as bike sponsor for the coming season too.
Click on the gallery for a closer look at Ciolek’s Trek Madone 7-Series.
The hollow axle on the SRAM Red SRM crankset means Cioek’s bike is on the UCI weight limit – smaller team frames were filled for extra weight
Complete bike specifications
Frame: 54cm Trek Madone 7-Series H1
Fork: Trek Madone KVF full carbon
Headset: 1 1/8-to-1 1/2" tapered
Stem: Bontrager Rhythm Pro 130mm
Handlebars: BontragerRace Lite Anatomic-C bars 42cm
Tape/grips: Bontrager cork
Front brake: Bontrager Direct Mount
Rear brake: Shimano
Brake levers: SRAM Red
Front derailleur: SRAM Red
Rear derailleur: SRAM Red
Shift levers: SRAM Red DoubleTap
Cassette: SRAM Red 26-11
Chain: SRAM PC1090
Crankset: SRAM RED SRM 53-39
Bottom bracket: Trek BB90 integrated
Wheelset: Zipp 404 Firecrest
Front tire: Veloflex Carbon 25mm
Rear tire: Veloflex Carbon 25mm
Saddle: Bontrager Paradigm XXX
Seat post: Bontrager Ride Tuned Carbon
Bottle cages: Elite Custom Race (2)
Computer: SRM PowerControl7 (not fixed)
Rider's height: 179cm (5' 10")
Rider's weight: 75kg (165lb)
Saddle height, from BB (c-t): 740mm
Saddle setback: 50mm
Seat tube length, c-c: 533mm
Tip of saddle nose to C of bars (next to stem): 575mm
Head tube length: 150mm
Top tube length: 543mm
Total bicycle weight: w/o computer 6.82kg (15.04lb)