IM Frankfurt bike check-in

Our man Karsten Täschner was there when people checked in their bikes for tomorrow's Ironman European Championships event in Frankfurt, and he shot many pics.

We are not sure who the owner is of this custom painted Specialized Transition but it certainly caught many eyes.

Eneko Llanos always has time for a smile and he is truly one of the nicest and humblest pros on the circuit.

Andreas Raelert was one of the other early arrivals at the Langener Waldsee to check in his Cube race bike.

The Reynolds wheels on the BH of Eneko Llanos are hard to overlook.

Bas Diederen is often not on the radar but he is a dangerous man.

The hopes of German fans will rest on the tiny shoulders of Julia Gajer who will race the first time in Frankfurt.

Young German pro Michael Rünz is one one of many athletes here on a Canyon.

Kristin Möller has raced well here before and looks for more.

Andi Böcherer has raced well in 70.3 races this year, but how well that translates to the full distance is not yet clear.

Danish Pro Tine Holst is aboard a German Storck.

Fellow Dane Michelle Vesterby always has a smile on her face when not racing.

Many eyes were on Ironman World Champion Sebastian Kienle when he checked in his bike.

Daniela Ryf looks confident and we noticed that she seemingly switched to Bont shoes since Challenge Dubai.

Caroline Steffen is another favorite here and she usually is quite reserved.

Her Swiss themed Cervelo P5 is ready for action.

German pro Astrid Stienen looked relaxed as she checked-in.

Frederik Van Lierde checks his tire pressure before darting away to put his feet up.

The distinctive custom painted Cervelo P5 of the 2013 Ironman World Champion.

Jan Frodeno checked in his new Canyon towards the very end, and we will have a gallery up in a minute.

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