BEING PRO: BMC’S BRENT BOOKWALTER

Name: Brent Bookwalter
Team: BMC Racing
Age: 26
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Current Residence: Athens, GA

The bike: For the past three years I've been riding the BMC SLC 01 ProMachine. It's without a doubt the most complete, balanced, high-performance bike I've ever ridden. It's lightweight, agile and responsive. I've ridden it on the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix and through the high mountains of the Dolomites, Alps and Pyrenees. For time trials, I ride a TT01, it's an absolute rocket ship! It handles great, which allows me to descend with confidence and take most corners in the aero bars. For 2010, my ProMachine was decked out with a full Campagnolo Record group, Easton wheels, EC90 carbon handlebar, EA90 alloy stem and EC70 carbon seatpost. I also use a Selle Italia SLR saddle and Speedplay pedals.

The clothing: My Hincapie clothing has everything I need to keep me comfortable and going fast. They produce a large variety of cuts and fabrics so I always have the right tool for the job. No other current American cyclist has the experience of George Hincapie, and this experience is truly reflected in all of the pieces they have designed.

Professional goals: I want to continue my development as a stage racer and time trialist at the Pro Tour. Eventually, I would like to become a top GC contender, but for now I'm happy to learn as much as I can and keep improving.

Greatest pro moment: Sitting in the hot seat at stage 1 of the 2010 Giro d'Italia. The Giro began with a time trial and I had the fastest time out of the finishers before me. I was in the hot seat for over an hour until my time was beat by Bradley Wiggins from Team Sky. I ended up finishing second on the stage. Another great moment for me was riding into Paris on the final day of my first Tour de France. Having battled through three grueling weeks of pain, stress and suffering (physical and mental), and to finally realize it was done and I had endured it, was really satisfying. I have followed the Tour for years, and every year the course changes, but every year I've watched the Tour finish in Paris, racing down the ChampsÉlysées. To find myself in that moment, in that place, and to have a new appreciation for what it meant to make it that far is something that will stick with me forever.

Best advice you've been given: Have fun! When you're having fun and enjoying what you do, you can always dig a little deeper and suffer a little more.

What's your favorite time trial-specific workout and how has it helped improve your time trialing ability?
I didn't do a lot of time-trial specific workouts this past season. It was my first year having a time trial bike at home to train on during the winter, so just putting in time on the bike helped a lot. Specifically breathing, visualizing and focusing, no matter what zone or intensity you are riding at, goes a long way to improve time trial performance.