TELLICO HIGHLANDS BIKE GALLERY
Click on the pictures below for a closer look at some of the bikes ridden by past finishers of the Tellico Highlands!
Jon Livengood - Specialized Diverge
42 IRC Doublecross tires. And a double up front cause doubles are rad. If I were to do this route again, I’d do it on my cutthroat with 1.9 mezcals as the loose dusty gravel (and unmaintained Miller ridge) would be faster on slightly bigger tires me thinks. Also I used two water bottles and a camblebak chase vest, only stopped at Indian Boundary for a refill.
Chris Joice - Salsa Stormchaser
Single speed geared geared 38:20. 2.2 Ikon (front) and 50c Donally MSO (rear). This bike has seen many long distance adventures, and I chose it (over my CruxSS) for the rowdy descents and its comfort. I opted to keep my load light and took minimal tool/repair kit, and just Rockgeist top tube bag. My only regret was that I wish I'd taken a 3rd bottle, or at least had two big bottles... live and learn!
Jeramie Hoff - Litespeed Ultimate G
42c WTB Resolutes @29/31 psi. SRAM Eagle 12speed 'mullet' build.(40x10x45). Ride breakdown: 3 water stops (Ranger station, Campground store, Citico piped spring).
Jeremie Hoff - Ti MTB Hardtail
700x40 tires@ 35/37psi. Sram 12 speed MTB gearing. 2 bottles used w/ 3 water stops. Lead Out H-bar bag holds pump and food. Saddle bag (tube, tool, lube). Depending on your riding style and preferences, a strong case could be made for either a gravel bike or a MTB bike on this course. Because the overall road surface on this route is the best within the ITT series, I'd likely give a slight advantage to the use of a gravel bike in this case.
Bruce Stauffer - Norco Search XR
Typical Eagle AXS gearing. Stock flared drop bars with RAVX XRD clip-on TT bars. Vittoria Terreno Dry 38c front, 38c Zero’s on the rear. I use a one-up pump to avoid having to carry a multi tool and CO2 and use an Oveja Negro snack pack and a fairly large saddlebag to carry tubes, tire plugs, nutrition, battery pack, etc. I can fit two water bottle cages in the frame triangle, one under the downtube and 2 on the fork. I also strapped a Platypus flask under the TT bars. When it turned warm enough to remove my jacket, I emptied the flask into an empty water bottle and strapped my jacket where my flask had been.
Elizabeth McCalley - Trek Boone
Tires: Maxxis Rambler EXO (40/38). Gearing: 2x11 50/34 up front with a 34 in the back. I had a handlebar bag filled with snacks and two bottles since there are several options to refill water on the route.
John Robertson - Giant TCX
Giant TCX with SRAM apex 1x11. 40 tooth front 11-42 rear. This is the main issue I had on steep climbs as I could have used a lower gear or two. Both tires are 700x43 and worked great.