Riders selling bikes at the END of the season is common place.fatandfast said:Berzin maybe you can look at some of those conjured photos of the Colombian teams in Colorado. Those guys I am sure don't sell any equipment to make ends meet..or to get home after the race. They are probably just using a rental van and loaner mag trainers because they are trying to make friends. Selling equipment and swag by racers is hardly a fairy tale. Doing it to create a drug slush fund may be, after all Landis has a book full
But, according to Floyd Landis, in 2004 at the START of the season (Paris-Nice in March) 60 of 120 bikes allocated by Trek were not available to riders. Which suggests they had been sold and/or reserved for sale by the team before the season was underway.
I would speculate that most of those bikes never left the US as there would be a higher demand in the US driving up prices and for logistic and economic considerations for delivery.
Trek stated (WSJ article) that the bicycles were "meant" for the riders (to use) but Trek were aware they had been sold.
"Robert Burns, general counsel for Trek, said the company was aware that bikes meant for U.S. Postal riders were being sold, but said it didn't know what the money was used for."