A professional World Tour team brings around 50 bikes to the Tour de France. Reliable equipment and mechanics is a must for any successful team. We provide the equipment, but the mechanics provide their top-notch skills. Our 3rd and final segment of “Unsung Heroes of the Tour” focuses on Trek-Segafredo’s head TdF mechanic: Kenneth Van de Wiele.
You may have caught Kenneth in this recent Wall Street Journal video: “How to Fix a Bicycle From a Moving Car“. He explains what it’s like maintaining a bike at 40+mph. You know. Just an average “day in the life” of a professional World Tour mechanic. See more about Kenneth in the Q/A below!
Unsung Heroes of the Tour Part 3:
Kenneth Van de Wiele / Trek-Segafredo
How did you get your start as a bike mechanic? I started as an intern in the bike shop from Walter Godefroot in Ghent while I was still racing myself.
Favorite stage of the TdF: Mountain stage to Mont Ventoux.
Best story from working at a race: The car leaving me behind on top of the Paterberg during the Tour of Flanders 2013, with 1 lap to go.
What is your bike of choice? Trek Madone 9 (Have you SEEN this bike? Go on. Click the link.)
What do you in your past-time? Ride my bike, run and enjoy life.
Favorite Feedback Sports Product: The Sprint work stand.
As with all our partnerships, Feedback Sports is pleased to support team Trek-Segafredo.
As the Tour comes to a close, we wish the mechanics, the team directors and riders all the best!