For the Rio triathlon, Richard reached for Specialized's road race specific Tarmac road bike. To match the other Specialized bikes at the Rio Olympics, Richard's bike underwent the Torch paint job treatment. This camera breaking paint scheme changes colour from orange to yellow as parts of the frame heat up.




Richard rides on SRAM's wireless Red eTap drivetrain, which makes the Tarmac's internal routing partly redundant, with only the brakes requiring a mechanical connection.





The Roval CLX 64 wheelset is an aerodynamic and tubeless-ready carbon clincher and is hand-built onto a Roval hub featuring DT Swiss 240 internals and CeramicSpeed bearings. While Richard currently has the Specialized Armadillo tyres on the bike, he usually races on the brand's Turbo Cotton tyres.


Richard's cockpit oozes lightweight and aero S-Works components including the wind tunnel test Aerofly handlebars and a Power saddle. The Look pedals do upset the theme however, but Specialized do not make those, yet.


  • FrameS-Works FACT 11r carbon, OSBB, full internal cable routing, internally integrated seat clamp, 130mm rear spacing
  • ForkS-Works FACT carbon, full monocoque, size-specific taper
  • CranksetSpecialized S-Works
  • Front DerailleurSRAM Red eTap
  • Rear DerailleurSRAM Red eTap
  • ShiftersSRAM Red eTap
  • CassetteSRAM Red
  • ChainSRAM Red
  • BrakesSRAM Red
  • Bottom BracketPress Fit 30 Ceramic Speed bearings
  • RimsRoval CLX 64
  • HubsRoval by DT Swiss
  • SpokesDT Swiss
  • TyresSpecialized Turbo Cottons (training Specialized Armadillos)
  • StemSpecialized S-Works SL
  • HandlebarSpecialized S-Works Aerofly
  • SeatpostSpecialized S-Works 27.2 20mm set back
  • SaddleSpecialized S-Works Power Saddle
  • PedalsLook
  • Bottle CagesSpecialized S-Works Rib Carbon