Secrets of the Toolbox: Team Sky

Sky mechanic Gary Blem tells about some of the more unsual occurences during life on the road, and who are some of the fussiest riders he's worked with

Life as a pro team mechanic is pretty full-on. Weeks on-end spent away from home at races, often with countless number of bikes to prepare for the pros to use every day.

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But the team mechanics get a unique insight into races and some of the quirky demands pros want on their machines; from Mark Cavendish‘s hatred of tan sidewall tyres to Juan Antonio Flecha’s double hoods, it’s not all plain sailing.

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In our first episode looking at those behind the bikes, Team Sky mechanic Gary Blem gives us the inside take on what it’s like to work within the WorldTour British squad and with some of the leading riders who’ve been through the team.

The South African, who has worked at Sky for four years now, also gives us a rundown of his favourite tools and particularly amusing story of a run-in with former Tinkoff-Saxo manager Bjarne Riis at the 2015 Strade Bianche.