Tim Proctor’s Sub 9 Gravel Grovel Race Winning Trek Boone

The Sub 9 Gravel Grovel may have been a month ago, but everyone likes to look at bike gear.  Mr Proctor was kind enough to send me his bike specifications, along with some photos.

You’re looking at the machine that won the Overall and Masters 40+ titles respectively at the 2014 Sub 9 Gravel Grovel.  Tim finished two minutes ahead of the Men’s Open winner, and 21 minutes* ahead of the 2nd place finisher in Masters 40+.  *Second place Masters 40+ finisher, Mr Prosser, did have a mechanical issue that did cost him buku time.

Tim’s bike is proof you don’t need a highly specialized machine to do well at UltraCX.  Look at his choice of frame and tyres; stock Trek frame, and 34mm wide tyres.  Everybody else was running much wider tyres, including myself.  Also of note are the brakes.  Avid Shorty Ultimates are some of the best cantilever brakes available, with easy setup, and superb stopping power.


Frame: 2014 Trek Boone 5, 52cm.
Fork: Trek IsoSpeed Cross.
Headset: FSA.
Seatpost: Bontrager Seatmast cap.
Saddle: Selle Italia SLR.
Wheelset: 2013 Shimano Ultegra Tubeless ready.
Tyres: Bontrager Team Issue CX0 34mm (tubeless with Stans).
Handlebars: Bontrager VR-C (42cm).
Stem: Bontrager RXL 90mm.
Shifters: Shimano Dura Ace Di2, 10 speed.
Derailleurs: Shimano Dura Ace Di2, 10 speed.
Crankset: FSA Energy 46/34.
Bottom Bracket: FSA.
Pedals: Shimano PD-M520.
Cassette: Shimano, 11-28.
Brakes: Avid Shorty Ultimate cantilever.

Gallery  Click a thumbnail image to see full size (hosted by Flickr).

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Notes from Tim:

I bought the bike as a complete Boone 5, but stripped it down to build it as my “A” bike for cyclocross this year.  The component mix came from my previous cross bike and the Di2 was bought used, but new to me this year.  The only original component from the Boone 5 is the crankset, which I really like.
Fitting the Di2 was a lot of fun and I’m really pleased with the result.  Short cable runs that are secure and don’t risk getting pulled by passing scenery or mud.
I use some of my daughter’s hair bands on the bottle cages to secure water bottles over the bumpy gravel roads; one year I lost a bottle only 10 miles into a 60 mile race.  I leave a long tie wrap attached so it’s easy to unhook the band from the bottle.


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