Pitch up to the start of any WorldTour race and a team's bikes will stood outside the bus, each glistening in the sun.
Besides keeping a rider's bike in tip-top working order, it is one of the primary jobs of a mechanic to clean each machine after every ride and race. Mechanics work tirelessly into the night, bucket and sponge in hand, to ensure the team bikes are good as new after a hard day's racing. After all, a clean bike is a fast bike.
But how do they get each bike so spotlessy clean, as if it had just rolled off the factory floor?
With a hard winter ahead for your bike, Omega Pharma-QuickStep mechanic Kenny Latomme shows you the tricks of the trade.