JGH – Just Go Harder – is Duggan’s foundation that supports young athletes (Ben Delaney/BikeRadar)
Like its rider, Timmy Duggan’s Cannondale SuperSix
EVO Team has been knocked around, yet it bounces back. At the Tour of Poland, a
car ran over his bike.
“It was fine, though,” Duggan said with a laugh. “We
just had to replace the front wheel.”
All bike racers crash, but Duggan has suffered some
particularly brutal falls, most notably a high-speed collision at the 2008 Tour
de Georgia that resulted in a brain injury, among other damage. Then after
rebuilding himself into top form, Duggan crashed and broke his left arm three
separate times in the 2010 season. This
year, however, the tide has turned for the 29-year-old former ski racer. He
won the US national road championships, he competed in the Olympics (and rode
in an all-day breakaway) and he moved into a brand-new home with his wife in
Duggan’s bike now carries a few visual reminders of
his road to success. The US national champ paint scheme is the most obvious
— Cannondale put him on the red, white and blue frame for the Tour of
Poland and the Tour of Utah. And Speedplay set him up with Zero pedals to
match. But his SRM Power Control 7 head unit features another graphics scheme
that money can’t buy — the Team USA Olympic edition.
Duggan’s gear set-up is fairly straightforward: a
SRAM 2012 Red group, Mavic R-Sys wheels and a Cannondale SRM crank.
Heading into the big-mountain climbs of the USA Pro
Cycling Challenge, Duggan had an 11-28 cassette on his bike. On
the final stage of the Tour of Utah, which finished with a brutally steep
and long climb, Duggan found himself wishing for more.
“Levi (Leipheimer) had the new SRAM (WiFLi) on,”
Duggan said. “I wish I had, too.”
Duggan’s custom-painted Cannondale SuperSix EVO Team outside his home in Colorado
expanded its Red and Force groups to include a long-cage WiFLi derailleur
that can accommodate rear gearing up to 32 teeth.
Duggan’s SRAM drivetrain does have a nice
form-meets-function touch with the fully lined cabling that uses white housing
and red grub seals.