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Race Tech: Taylor Phinney's winning BMC TimeMachine and other TT rigs of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge

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Taylor Phinney's (BMC) BMC TimeMachine TM01 time trial bike.

Taylor Phinney's (BMC) BMC TimeMachine TM01 time trial bike. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Enve Composites deep-section front wheels developed by Simon Smart were fitted to the front ends of UnitedHeathcare's time trial bikes.

Enve Composites deep-section front wheels developed by Simon Smart were fitted to the front ends of UnitedHeathcare's time trial bikes. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The tiny seatpost on Cannondale's latest Slice time trial bike looks a bit funny sprouting out of the bulky seat cluster but it's apparently fast in the wind tunnel.

The tiny seatpost on Cannondale's latest Slice time trial bike looks a bit funny sprouting out of the bulky seat cluster but it's apparently fast in the wind tunnel. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Liquigas-Cannondale's speedy Cannondale Slice time trial bike.

Liquigas-Cannondale's speedy Cannondale Slice time trial bike. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Garmin-Sharp's striking Cervélo P5 time trial bikes (with a bit of older P4 mixed in).

Garmin-Sharp's striking Cervélo P5 time trial bikes (with a bit of older P4 mixed in). (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Garmin-Sharp's Cervélo P5s feature hydraulic brakes made by Magura.

Garmin-Sharp's Cervélo P5s feature hydraulic brakes made by Magura. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Team Exergy definitely wins the prize for most colorful disc wheels.

Team Exergy definitely wins the prize for most colorful disc wheels. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Scrubbing the tires of Team Exergy before Sunday's time trial in Denver, Colorado.

Scrubbing the tires of Team Exergy before Sunday's time trial in Denver, Colorado. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Most of Team Exergy used adjustable stems on their Felt DA time trial bikes.

Most of Team Exergy used adjustable stems on their Felt DA time trial bikes. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Team Exergy runs Vision Metron brake levers and Microshift bar-end shifters.

Team Exergy runs Vision Metron brake levers and Microshift bar-end shifters. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The ultra-clean seat cluster of Team Exergy's Felt DA time trial bikes.

The ultra-clean seat cluster of Team Exergy's Felt DA time trial bikes. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Team Exergy's Felt DA time trial machine.

Team Exergy's Felt DA time trial machine. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Calm winds and a flat parcours had riders running ultra-aero gear for Sunday's final time trial in Denver, Colorado. This Team Exergy rider opted for a 90mm-deep Vision front wheel.

Calm winds and a flat parcours had riders running ultra-aero gear for Sunday's final time trial in Denver, Colorado. This Team Exergy rider opted for a 90mm-deep Vision front wheel. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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This Team Exergy rider ran a silicone rubber cover on his Garmin Edge 800 computer.

This Team Exergy rider ran a silicone rubber cover on his Garmin Edge 800 computer. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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HED integrated time trial bars for Optum Pro Cycling's Orbea Ordu time trial bikes.

HED integrated time trial bars for Optum Pro Cycling's Orbea Ordu time trial bikes. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Optum Pro Cycling's Michael Creed used this incredibly light saddle from Dash Cycling on his Orbea Ordu time trial bike.

Optum Pro Cycling's Michael Creed used this incredibly light saddle from Dash Cycling on his Orbea Ordu time trial bike. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Optum Pro Cycling's stealthy Orbea Ordu time trial bike.

Optum Pro Cycling's stealthy Orbea Ordu time trial bike. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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UnitedHealthcare bicycle sponsor NeilPryde is still ramping up production of its new Bayamo time trial bike so some riders were still on older machines for Sunday's time trial.

UnitedHealthcare bicycle sponsor NeilPryde is still ramping up production of its new Bayamo time trial bike so some riders were still on older machines for Sunday's time trial. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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This UnitedHealthcare rider tucked his Garmin Edge computer beneath the saddle so that the data was recorded but wasn't distracting.

This UnitedHealthcare rider tucked his Garmin Edge computer beneath the saddle so that the data was recorded but wasn't distracting. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Team Type 1 tore around the streets of Denver, Colorado on Colnago's previous-generation Flight time trial bikes.

Team Type 1 tore around the streets of Denver, Colorado on Colnago's previous-generation Flight time trial bikes. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The all-Shimano front end of Team Type 1's Colnago Flight time trial bike includes a PRO cockpit, Shimano Dura-Ace C75 deep-section carbon fiber wheel, and Dura-Ace components.

The all-Shimano front end of Team Type 1's Colnago Flight time trial bike includes a PRO cockpit, Shimano Dura-Ace C75 deep-section carbon fiber wheel, and Dura-Ace components. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Another Adamo saddle, this time on one of the Spidertech team time trial bikes.

Another Adamo saddle, this time on one of the Spidertech team time trial bikes. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The Argon 18 E-118 time trial bike of team Spidertech.

The Argon 18 E-118 time trial bike of team Spidertech. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Spidertech's Argon 18 E-118 time trial bikes feature external-steerer forks and integrated linear-pull brakes.

Spidertech's Argon 18 E-118 time trial bikes feature external-steerer forks and integrated linear-pull brakes. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The bottom bracket area of Spidertech's Argon 18 E-118 time trial bike features press-fit bearing cups and linear-pull brakes tucked beneath the chain stays.

The bottom bracket area of Spidertech's Argon 18 E-118 time trial bike features press-fit bearing cups and linear-pull brakes tucked beneath the chain stays. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The uniquely stepped handlebar setup on Spidertech's Argon 18 time trial bike.

The uniquely stepped handlebar setup on Spidertech's Argon 18 time trial bike. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The RusVelo team had at least three different brands of bikes for Sunday's time trial.

The RusVelo team had at least three different brands of bikes for Sunday's time trial. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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RadioShack-Nissan-Trek's Trek Speed Concept time trial bikes are sheltered under the shade for rider warm-ups prior to the final USA Pro Challenge stage in Denver, Colorado.

RadioShack-Nissan-Trek's Trek Speed Concept time trial bikes are sheltered under the shade for rider warm-ups prior to the final USA Pro Challenge stage in Denver, Colorado. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Optum Pro Cycling has a wide range of HED wheels to choose from for road and time trial events.

Optum Pro Cycling has a wide range of HED wheels to choose from for road and time trial events. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Moving the rear brake underneath the chain stays allows for some wild shaping around the seat stay and seat tube area of Champion System's Kestrel 4000 time trial bikes.

Moving the rear brake underneath the chain stays allows for some wild shaping around the seat stay and seat tube area of Champion System's Kestrel 4000 time trial bikes. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Champion System normally uses Fuji machines for the road but Kestrel ones for time trials. Both companies are owned by Advanced Sports, Inc.

Champion System normally uses Fuji machines for the road but Kestrel ones for time trials. Both companies are owned by Advanced Sports, Inc. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The logos on Taylor Phinney's (BMC) Rotor Q-Rings are covered up on his BMC TimeMachine TM01.

The logos on Taylor Phinney's (BMC) Rotor Q-Rings are covered up on his BMC TimeMachine TM01. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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BMC wheel sponsor Easton does make a disc wheel so Taylor Phinney's machine is equipped with a Lightweight disc.

BMC wheel sponsor Easton does make a disc wheel so Taylor Phinney's machine is equipped with a Lightweight disc. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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BMC's latest TimeMachine TM01 time trial bikes have front brakes built into the fork crown.

BMC's latest TimeMachine TM01 time trial bikes have front brakes built into the fork crown. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Taylor Phinney's (BMC) Easton Attack TT integrated carbon aero bars are fitted with custom armrests.

Taylor Phinney's (BMC) Easton Attack TT integrated carbon aero bars are fitted with custom armrests. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Every team had different methods for keeping track of riders' start times.

Every team had different methods for keeping track of riders' start times. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Bissell's speedy-looking Pinarello Graal time trial bike. Easton alloy clinchers were installed here for the pre-race warm-up but the team ran a mix of Zipp discs for the race.

Bissell's speedy-looking Pinarello Graal time trial bike. Easton alloy clinchers were installed here for the pre-race warm-up but the team ran a mix of Zipp discs for the race. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Easton EC90 TT carbon tubulars were fitted to Bissell's Pinarello Graal time trial bikes for the final USA Pro Challenge stage in Denver, Colorado.

Easton EC90 TT carbon tubulars were fitted to Bissell's Pinarello Graal time trial bikes for the final USA Pro Challenge stage in Denver, Colorado. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Custom laser-etched K-Edge chain catchers for the Bissell cycling team.

Custom laser-etched K-Edge chain catchers for the Bissell cycling team. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Janez Brazkovic's (Astana) Specialized S-Works Shiv.

Janez Brazkovic's (Astana) Specialized S-Works Shiv. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Astana riders ran three-spoke Corima carbon tubular wheels during the USA Pro Challenge time trial in Denver, Colorado.

Astana riders ran three-spoke Corima carbon tubular wheels during the USA Pro Challenge time trial in Denver, Colorado. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Janez Brazkovic (Astana) may be running a previous-generation SRAM Red front derailleur but he has the newer chain catcher attached.

Janez Brazkovic (Astana) may be running a previous-generation SRAM Red front derailleur but he has the newer chain catcher attached. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Astana leader Janez Brazkovic's Specialized S-Works Shiv has O.symetric chainrings and Look KéO Blade Aero pedals fitted to his Specialized carbon crankarms.

Astana leader Janez Brazkovic's Specialized S-Works Shiv has O.symetric chainrings and Look KéO Blade Aero pedals fitted to his Specialized carbon crankarms. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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ISM Adamo saddles may look unusual but we spotted quite a few on team time trial bikes in the USA Pro Challenge. This one belongs to BMC rider Taylor Phinney.

ISM Adamo saddles may look unusual but we spotted quite a few on team time trial bikes in the USA Pro Challenge. This one belongs to BMC rider Taylor Phinney. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The ultra-narrow Easton Attack TT time trial handlebar setup of Tejay van Garderen (BMC).

The ultra-narrow Easton Attack TT time trial handlebar setup of Tejay van Garderen (BMC). (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Cables are fed into the top tube of Champion System's Kestrel 4000 time trial bikes.

Cables are fed into the top tube of Champion System's Kestrel 4000 time trial bikes. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Center-pull front brakes for Champion System's Kestrel 4000 time trial bikes.

Center-pull front brakes for Champion System's Kestrel 4000 time trial bikes. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Oval Concepts was purchased by the parent company of Kestrel and Fuji so it's no surprise to see them here on the Champion System team bikes.

Oval Concepts was purchased by the parent company of Kestrel and Fuji so it's no surprise to see them here on the Champion System team bikes. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Bontrager's new Hilo RXL split-format saddles were used on several Bontrager-Livestrong team time trial bikes.

Bontrager's new Hilo RXL split-format saddles were used on several Bontrager-Livestrong team time trial bikes. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Bontrager-Livestrong's Bontrager time trial brake levers have barrel adjusters neatly integrated into the end.

Bontrager-Livestrong's Bontrager time trial brake levers have barrel adjusters neatly integrated into the end. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Bontrager-Livestrong's race-prepped Trek Speed Concepts.

Bontrager-Livestrong's race-prepped Trek Speed Concepts. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Bontrager-Livestrong rider James Oram has an interested mounting spot for his Garmin computer. Clearly Oram wanted to record the data for his time trial but didn’t necessarily want to see the info during the effort.

Bontrager-Livestrong rider James Oram has an interested mounting spot for his Garmin computer. Clearly Oram wanted to record the data for his time trial but didn’t necessarily want to see the info during the effort. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Bontrager-Livestrong's Trek Speed Concepts are equipped with proprietary carbon integrated aerobars.

Bontrager-Livestrong's Trek Speed Concepts are equipped with proprietary carbon integrated aerobars. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Bontrager-Livestrong rider Joe Dombrowski's Trek Speed Concept gets the final once-over before his time trial start in Denver, Colorado.

Bontrager-Livestrong rider Joe Dombrowski's Trek Speed Concept gets the final once-over before his time trial start in Denver, Colorado. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Quarq's new Garmin computer mount looks to be nearing production.

Quarq's new Garmin computer mount looks to be nearing production. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Tejay van Garderen's (BMC) BMC TimeMachine TM01, just a few hours before his time trial start in Denver, Colorado.

Tejay van Garderen's (BMC) BMC TimeMachine TM01, just a few hours before his time trial start in Denver, Colorado. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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FSA BB30-to-24mm adapters are used in Tejay van Garderen's BMC TimeMachine TM01.

FSA BB30-to-24mm adapters are used in Tejay van Garderen's BMC TimeMachine TM01. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Carbon fiber Vision aerobars and SRAM controls on Janez Brazkovic's (Astana) Specialized S-Works Shiv.

Carbon fiber Vision aerobars and SRAM controls on Janez Brazkovic's (Astana) Specialized S-Works Shiv. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)

This article first appeared on BikeRadar.com

BMC rising star and Colorado native Taylor Phinney took the final stage of this year's USA Pro Cycling Challenge in a blistering time of just 17:25 for the 15.3km-long course – at an average speed of nearly 53km/h. Take a closer look at his striking BMC TimeMachine TM01 and other time trial rigs from the streets of Denver, Colorado.