American Chris Leiferman made a huge mark on the world scene with a fourth-place finish at last year’s Ironman World Championship in St. George. The Colorado-based 37-year-old backed up a strong bike with the fourth-fastest run on the day and finished just a few minutes off the podium with a time of 7:57:50. Since then, Leiferman has proven he’s well-suited for tough courses by winning Ironman Coeur d’Alene off the strength of a race-best run and a race-best bike (read our post-race interview with him here). This weekend the demanding bike course will play into his strengths if he can swim within striking distance of the main group.
We take a look at his brand-new BMC Speedmachine 01 to see what he’ll be riding through the hills surrounding Nice.
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Leiferman will be one of two pro athletes riding the new BMC Speedmachine 01. Here we see his size large Speedmachine at the race expo in Nice.
Leiferman is using a full Sram Red AXS 12-speed wireless system with a 56/43T chainring on a Sram Red AXS power meter and 165mm cranks.
In the rear, Leiferman has a unique Ceramicspeed OSPW Aero pulley cage and a DT Swiss ARC 1100 disc wheel.
Leiferman has a special American flag decal on his 1100 disc.
In the front, Leiferman will use a DT Swiss ARC 1100 80mm and 26mm Vittoria Corsa Pro tires with 80 psi front and rear.
The new Speedmachine has interesting aero details like this fin above the front wheel.
Leiferman is using the BMC Speedmachine “low cockpit” with Drag2Zero extensions.
For data delivery, Leiferman will rely on a Wahoo Elemnt Bolt.
Very unique shifters sit atop his Drag2Zero extensions.
Leiferman is choosing an ISM PS 1.0 saddle with a zip-tied behind-the-saddle water bottle, in addition to the in-frame hydration on the BMC.