The rider’s ride
BMC Teammachine SLR01, £7,000, evanscycles.com
It may not be the Alps or the Pyrenees, but there’s scarcely any flat ground on the Faroe Islands, so BMC’S latest flagship racer, at just 6.87kg, was a real treat for this ride. Every time the road pointed skywards I was grateful for the feathery feel combined with the immense stiffness its chunky tubeset and massive bottom bracket structure offers, such that each pedal stroke felt like a concerted leap forward.
The bike was agile on descents too, quick to respond to my inputs without being too twitchy. DT’S carbon PRC 1400 wheels spun up to speed well and the braking performance was good in the dry, although riding the following day in heavy rain I discovered they were particularly poor at stopping in the wet (not helped by direct mount TRP brake callipers).
The Teammachine SLR01 is a honed thoroughbred racer so wasn’t the comfiest choice, but would I choose it to ride all day again? Yes, so long as it stays dry.