This morning I woke up to a dream about BenG Hero riding his Domo Farm Frites Team SC on the Prairie Path in the Autumn. I think he is short some Campy-10 shifters and maybe a rear deraileur. It is going to be great to see him on that bike. I sold him the frame in the spring but he had bigger issues with his Lauren Jalabert KG381 to contend with. Longtime readers of Tenspeed Hero will remember his build. What was it?...a month ago. Anyway lets hope he gets it finished so we can see him on the path. I thought I would post of a few pictures of this great bike before they all get lost on the internet. It used to be easy to google search this frame and team but time moves on.
This is a great shot of Wilfreid Peeters riding his Team SC in the 2001 Paris-Roubaix. His epic escape out of the Forest of Arenberg is one of the most beautiful examples of tactical riding I have ever seen. At Hero-Land we would often grimace at watching George Hincapie get throttled by team tactics but now we concentrate on Wilfred's amazing run. Call it acceptance or resignation to watching the various Hincapie scenarios for so many years.
Johan Museeuw's Ride for the 2001 season. This bike had generous clearance. running 25mm Tires is no problem as the front fork and the rear triangle could probably handle some 28s. Another interesting thing about the frame is it has a 1cm longer top tube than the seat tube. So Ben's is 56cm C-C seat tube and a 57cm C-C top tube. This allows you to come back a Centimeter on the stem if you wish to make the bike a little less twitchey which is nice on rough surfaces such as cobbles or the dirt-limestone we ride on the path.
It is funny to think about the Team SC as a climbing bike if you think back to TDF in 2001 or 2002 I believe Richard Virenque had some great days on the Mountains. There were also some great shots of RV Crying which are also memorable.
Servais Knaven's Victory at the 2001 Paris-Roubaix was probably its greatest victory because of the harsh conditions it had to perform on.
When you look at some of the Riders on the 2001-2001 Team it looks like a who's who of classic racing. Even the young Nick Nuyens and Johan Van Summeren were on the team as Stagiaires.
Van Bon, Leon
Van Summeren, Johan
The Team SC later turned into the Premium. At Hero-Land there is a debate as to whether the Kodak Team bike is hideous or stunning. It is kind of interesting to see the colors that get exported to other countries.
This color scheme looks to have been imported to Australia. The light blue is a great touch on the later Premium. When BenG Hero gets it going we will make a little dedication video. Check out the video below to see coverage of that famous 2001 race. Its about Geroge but the Team SC plays a big part.