Wearing BMC biking apparel and finishing on his custom made BMC bicycle, Cadel Evans made cycling and Australian sporting history in July of this year when he won the 2011 Tour de France.
Evans appreciation of his team and modesty shined through when he spoke post Tour de France race. “We all work together for the same goals to perform as a team and be as successful as we can be and yeah … the results speak for themselves.” (‘BMC’s team ethic can carry Evans to Tour victory’ Sydney Morning Herald. 6th July.)
Riding for BCM’s racing team, Evans wore a specially designed BCM jersey throughout his training sessions as well as on race day. With thanks to BCM, he donated the jersey post-race to CPEC (Cerebral Palsy Education Centre) to be auctioned in efforts to raise money for much needed families. The jersey managed to raise $6300 for the CPEC, which is able to buy four new walking frames for patients in the centre.
Evan’s bike from the Tour de France was also auctioned, selling at $16,100 US dollars. The BCM bicycle, model SLR01, was customised with 172.5mm cranks and 42cm EC90 Carbon Equipe Pro Bars as well as Swissstop yellow carbon brake pads.
The auction winner was in competition with two other serious international bidders, but managed to out-bit competitors over a three-week period. Coming with a letter of authenticity, the collector’s item is one of the most wanted sports memorabilia’s of the decade.