PRO RIG - Andreas Raelert's BMC TM01

 Oct 7, 2011 article & images by Nick Salazar

  • BMC TM01
  • Shimano Di2 drivetrain
  • SRM Powermeter
  • Shimano C75 Wheelset
  • One MASSIVE engine!
Andreas Raelert's BMC TM01 is looking lean, mean, and ready to go, much like Raelert himself.

Andreas Raelert is an exceptionally gracious person. He allowed TriRig to come in during his final pre-race ride, just before checking in his bike, and give me an exclusive interview and photo shoot with his BMC TM01 bike.

And what a bike! This TM01 is the same frame he rode to an all-time Iron-distance World Record at Challenge Roth this past July. And now, one year after taking second in place to Chris McCormack, the German phenomenon is poised to take his first Ironman World Title in Kona, Hawaii. This is the bike he'll be using during the race tomorrow.

His TM01 is set up almost exactly the way I'd set mine up - a single bottle between the arms and one on the downtube will keep Raelert hydrated during the long, hot day. Both cages are standard, and will accept whatever course bottles Andreas wants to take on board. The Shimano Di2 drivetrain keeps things working beautifully, and the TM01 routes all the cables cleanly and out of the way. The bike is truly a work of art.

Q & A with the Champ

Raelert and I discuss hand grips, position changes, and the race tomorrow.

Raelert graciously let me observe his final pre-race ride just before racking his bike at the transition check-in. After a few photos, I asked Andreas just a couple questions about his bike and position.

TriRig: Andreas, thanks for letting us do this interview. Before we get to the bike itself, can you tell us what you're thinking in general about tomorrow's race?

Andreas Raelert: Well, tomorrow's the big day. Really, after twelve months of training, all I can say is that I hope I'm ready for it.

TR: Yeah, no kidding. You've got a brand new bike here, looks like it suits you quite well. Looking back at photos over the year, it seems like your position has changed a little bit on this bike versus your previous one. Is that right?

Andreas Raelert: Well, I did change some small things, but it's pretty much the same position I was riding last year. It's always just a matter of changing little things over time. I went to the wind tunnel earlier this year with the bike to fine-tune the position and find the right combination of aero and comfort.

Raelert is like a bullet-train on the bike.

TR: I noticed your hands are up a little higher and your elbows lower, is that meant for better aerodynamics?

Andreas Raelert: Yeah, kindof. It helps keep your head down between your shoulders. But at the end of the day, you have to be comfortable. If you can't ride a radical position, then don't do it. The run is the key.

TR: Is it more comfortable for you to ride with your hands on top of the shifters? I've seen pictures with you riding with them on top, and also scooped underneath them a bit. But this year your shifter pods are closer together, making the hands-on-top position a little easier.

Andreas Raelert: Yeah, the shifers closer together is one of the things I changed, but I'm always shifting around a little bit. Sometimes I have my hands on top, sometimes underneath.

TR: So in the end, sounds like you've got a pretty similar formula to last year - just run your program and go all out?

Andreas Raelert: Absolutely, just like all the other 49 guys. (Laughs).

Thanks again, Andreas, and good luck out there!

  • Andreas Raelert's BMC TM01 is among the slickest-looking rides in Kona.  His is VERY svelte indeed - just two bottle cages and an SRM adorn the otherwise stock bike.
  • Raelert is running Shimano C75 wheels, front and bac.
  • The BMC head tube is decidedly narrow, and the front profile is completely devoid of cables - JUST how I like it.
  • Raelert's frame is adorned with some custom paint for the world record holder.
  • BMC just does so much right with the bike, including this gorgeous nude carbon finish.
  • Raelert's seat tube gets the same branding as his top tube.
  • Fizik makes a little stick-on grip for their saddles which Andreas will be using to reduce the feeling that you're slipping forward, as he puts it.
  • The TM01 front end uses any standard aerobar, and a unique system of spacers to adjust fit without sacrificing aerodynamics.
  • For training days, Andreas has this extra tall bottle.
  • Narrowly-spaced shifters ... BTA bottle on the bars ... this bike is TriRig approved!
  • Raelert's SRM head unit actually sits under the bars, to get out of the way of his bottle, yet still visible while riding.
  • Raelert looks relaxed and confident just a day before the big race.
  • He's been thinking about this day all year, and now it's time to see whether Andreas Raelert can improve on his second-place from last year.
  • Raelert wears a Giro Selector lid and Oakley Radar XL lenses.
  • Andreas Raelert looks like a bullet on the bicycle.
  • Read the article for an exclusive interview with Andreas Raelert during his final pre-race ride.
  • I really have to thank the champ - he was all smiles even though I interrupted up his final pre-race ride.

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