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Must Watch: How a Motorcycle Pit Crew Keeps Racers Rolling at the Vuelta

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Filmed from the perspective of a race mechanic working for Shimano Neutral Support, this footage demonstrates just how talented the support teams are at the top level of the sport.

 

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Mario
Mario
9 years ago

Think how much longer this would take with disc/throughaxle

Cugnana
Cugnana
9 years ago

Coolest video ever !! When the guy from the car gives him the wheels but forget to take the damaged one… “ehi !!! “…LOL..

anonymous
anonymous
9 years ago

Making quick wheel swaps is impressive, but having ridden a motorcycle with a passenger in the back, keeping control in such cramped quarters and not crashing into anything while your passenger is randomly making quick and jerky movements around on the back is what really impresses me.

Remember, passing wheels to the team car doesn’t rely on the skill of the mechanic not to crash, it requires the skill of the motorcycle rider.

Chris
Chris
9 years ago

I would love to know what they do in the case of a puncture on a campy wheelset. You can’t just throw a shimano or SRAM cassette into a campy drivetrain and have it work.

JBikes
JBikes
9 years ago

@ Mario,
Just think how much 99% of us will not care, since we are not in ultra competitive races in which there is a $ purse. And for the record, probably not much longer, and the issue is only at the front. No need for a road bike with thru axles in the rear.

Ben
Ben
9 years ago

Chris: 11 speed Shimano/SRAM/Campy cassettes all have the same cog spacing and will work fine. While it can be a touch off without some fine-tuning, it’ll definitely work well enough to ride.

jason
9 years ago

2 of the riders that got wheel changes were on Campagnolo equipped bikes. While the cog spacing isn’t exactly the same as a Shimano or SRAM bike it’s close enough for a situation like this. What’s funny is that even in a grand tour the riders are still taking mechanical service on the wrong (left) side of the road.

Ajax
Ajax
9 years ago

You want to be on the left side of the road when getting a new wheel.

kurti_sc
kurti_sc
9 years ago

what difference does it make if you are on the right side or left side of the road? Is it just to keep out of the race – which seems to make a lot of sense – or is there some mechanical reason for it?

jason
9 years ago

You always service on the right hand side of the road. The left side is for cars advancing through the caravan and it’s a great place to get hit by one of them. It’s in the rule book and it’s not uncommon to get fined for infractions.

Slow Joe Crow
Slow Joe Crow
9 years ago

Interesting to see that they keep the wheels on the rack all the time. The Mavic crews frequently have the jumper holding a wheel in his hand. Also I recall Mavic’s crews carry 2 rear wheels (Shimano and Campy) plus a cheatsheet of who uses what.
Since the 11 speed cassettes are compatible a Shimano 10 speed wheel and an 11 speed wheel will handle anybody in the peloton.

Nonamedude
Nonamedude
9 years ago

And remember. The guys on shimano nuetral arent even paid for their awesomeness. They are all volunteers.

Manic Depression
Manic Depression
9 years ago

All three major US tech support programs (Shimano Multi-Service, MAVIC Service Courses, and SRAM Neutral Race Support) each utilize a largely volunteer crew led by company/paid staff. Neutral support mechanics are hand-selected by their respective program(s) and often arrive in their roles by way of USA Cycling’s Bill Woodul Race Mechanic Clinic:

http://www.usacycling.org/bill-woodul-race-mechanics-clinic-registration-information.htm

A mechanic’s background can vary a good bit (shop, neutral, team, road, MTB, etc.). The skill which is absolutely paramount above all others in a neutral support setting: working well in a team environment.

Ronin
Ronin
9 years ago

Nice. It takes me ages to set my wheels in the centre. And how are his hands not greasy 🙂

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