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Gallery: Inside the Trek Factory Racing service course

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Welcome to the Trek Factor Racing service course

Welcome to the Trek Factor Racing service course
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A service course must stock everything a team needs

A service course must stock everything a team needs
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The Paris-Roubaix wheels are ready for action

The Paris-Roubaix wheels are ready for action
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Bauke's box: Each rider is provided with a section in the team service course

Bauke's box: Each rider is provided with a section in the team service course
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Team time trial lids for the entire season

Team time trial lids for the entire season
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Clothing for all weather is essential

Clothing for all weather is essential
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Well stocked in team caps

Well stocked in team caps
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The mechanics' to do list for the week

The mechanics' to do list for the week
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Old 2014 frames sit neatly on the upper deck of the service course

Old 2014 frames sit neatly on the upper deck of the service course
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Old Bontrager road wheels line the upper deck of the team's service course

Old Bontrager road wheels line the upper deck of the team's service course
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Bontrager supply the team with wheels

Bontrager supply the team with wheels
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The service course can hold well over 200 bikes and frames for the team

The service course can hold well over 200 bikes and frames for the team
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A selection of frames and bikes for Fabian Cancellara

A selection of frames and bikes for Fabian Cancellara
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Each rider has a section in the service course with bikes and frames for the entire season

Each rider has a section in the service course with bikes and frames for the entire season
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Low on rations: A new order of SIS product is needed

Low on rations: A new order of SIS product is needed
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Bauke Mollema's kit for Amstel Gold Race and beyond

Bauke Mollema's kit for Amstel Gold Race and beyond
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Line them up: The Trek Factory Racing team's time trial helmets

Line them up: The Trek Factory Racing team's time trial helmets
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Fabian Cancellara's national time trial helmet

Fabian Cancellara's national time trial helmet
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A year on the road for the Trek Factory Racing team

A year on the road for the Trek Factory Racing team
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The indoor bike wash

The indoor bike wash
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Extra security at the sercive course

Extra security at the sercive course
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A litter of chainrings decorate the wall

A litter of chainrings decorate the wall
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The team's frames for Paris-Roubaix

The team's frames for Paris-Roubaix
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Trek Factory Racing's bikes for Paris-Roubaix

Trek Factory Racing's bikes for Paris-Roubaix
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Trek Factory Racing show off some of the trophies

Trek Factory Racing show off some of the trophies
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It was a case of business as usual at the Trek Factory Racing service course on Monday when Cyclingnews stopped by to take a tour of the team's new(ish) European base.

Nestled between Gent and Deinze, the team's service course has been home to European activities for the WorldTour team since last September and now fully operational it provides round-the-year support to Fabian Cancellara and his teammates.

And although Cancellara will be missing from the team's roster for the coming weeks as he recovers from two fractured vertebrae the team mechanics have been busily putting the finishing touches to the rest of the squad’s bikes for the remainder of the Classics.

The service course itself is different to the open space planning we’ve seen in the past at Team Sky or BMC Racing, with neatly compartmentalised sections and rooms for various tasks. Past the offices of the service course manager and his team are the mechanics’ quarters with enough room to park the proverbial very real team bus, and an in-house wash station for them to clean and service in-coming equipment from races.

In the centre sections the team split up section for clothing – each rider is given a shelf for personal team attire – while the food needed to keep 28 mouths fed for an entire season needs its own complete area.

On the second deck of the main hall sit a number of hidden gems including bikes from last year and wheelsets and turbo trainers yet to dispatched.

As service courses go it’s up there with best we’ve seen, and while the sight of Cancellara’s never to be used Paris-Roubaix bike is a reminder of how entire seasons can hinge on the smallest of details and luck, there will no doubt be a reason for the service course to toast team success in the weeks and months ahead.