American Timothy O'Donnell had the top podium spot as a target when he came to Kona, and in the end finished 6th aboard this very distinctive patriotic themed Trek Speed Concept Project One. He and fellow American Ben Hoffman (who finished fourth) were completely sandwiched by an armada of Germans who grabbed 5 of the top 7 spots including the top 3 ones.
But now let us look closer at this one of a kind Trek Speed Concept that was noticed around the world.
The day after the race this fast bike looked surprisingly clean even though we know it was used hard.
Timothy O'Donnell has two bottle cages between his arms and even found a cozy spot for the Garmin Edge 25 computer.
The view from the top shows the Cee Gees pads and the Saltstick dispenser.
O'Donnell has an inspirational message on his custom BTA bottle that points back at his Navy background. "Don't give up the ship."
Two gel flasks are held in place in this modified bento box.
The unique paint scheme is not covered by a downtube water bottle. In fact no cage was mounted inside the front triangle.
Stars on the outside of the fork and stripes on the inside.
O'Donnell did beat his bib number in Kona, and the tires on those Bontrager Aeolus 7/9 wheels appear to be Specialized Turbo Cotton.
The drive train components are Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 with CeramicSpeed pulleys and chain. Crank length is 165mm and chainrings are 55/42.
O'Donnell added Fizik sticky friction tape to his Cobb Jog Fifty Five saddle.
A very simple and straight forward way to mount a cage close under the seat.
The Enve valve extenders are among the best and it is no surprise to find them here.
The complete Trek Speed Concept Project One of Timothy O'Donnell from a slightly different angle.
In action in Kona.
All images © Herbert Krabel / slowtwitch.com