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!
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.