There are custom bikes, and custom paint, but nothing compares to EARNING your custom paint, and that's just what Timmy Duggan did in 2012. With roughly 8 miles left in Greenville, South Carolina Duggan attacked an incredibly strong group and was able to cross the line alone for a National Championship. Custom paint is cool, but I can't imagine the feeling of rolling the Stars and Stripes.
Honestly, if it weren't for the bike, I probably would have walked right past Timmy. Now retired, he played the roll of just-another-one-of-the-guys at the start. Clearly an exceptionally strong rider, he was just there to ride with the group. There's something to be said for guys like him, I don't think I could manage to remain so humble after pulling off a victory like he did.
The bike seems to be a rather standard affair outside of his Championship touches and USA Cycling SRM computer. Sporting SRAM Red, a Cannondale SRM, FSA carbon cockpit, and Zipp 101 wheels, the bike could be owned by just about any Joe if it weren't for the paint.
At one point, not too far into the ride, Timmy got a flat. We can all rest well knowing he didn't pull a Lance in Leadville, was able to help himself with ease, and was back on the road.
photos and words by Brandon Elliott