British Cycling's new Cervélo T5GB track has been developed over the course of hundreds of hours of wind-tunnel analysis, stress testing and computer simulation. According to British Cycling the new track bike "will be the most aerodynamic model the Great Britain Cycling Team has ever ridden"

With only 63 days to go until the start of the Olympic games, British Cycling has revealed the bike that Great Britain’s cyclists will ride in Rio.

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The new bike has been developed by British Cycling’s official bike partner, Cervélo and will supersede the T4 model the team rode at the 2016 Track World Championships.

The rear end looks very similar to the Cervélo P3 Credit - British Cycling

The rear end looks very similar to the Cervélo P3

The Cervélo T5GB has been collaboratively developed by Cervélo and British Cycling, bringing together world-leading experts from both organisations.

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Tony Purnell, Head of Technical Development for the Great Britain Cycling Team, said: “the intelligence and expertise brought together by the partnership between British Cycling and Cervélo is unparalleled and, in record time, has delivered a bike which we are very excited about as we get closer to Rio.”

The patriotic livery with GB decals on the top tube. Credit - British Cycling

The patriotic livery with GB decals on the top tube

According to British Cycling, the Cervélo T5GB has been developed “using expertise from Formula 1, with work on the bike’s development taking place at sites in Oxford, Leicestershire and Nottingham, as well as British Cycling’s Manchester base, the National Cycling Centre.

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“Its development has also been supported by the Research and Innovation team at the English Institute of Sport which aims to ensure British athletes are among the best equipped in the world.”


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The new design appears to be based around the Cervélo P3 TT road frame, which has then been modified for the track, given a new fork, head tube and cockpit.

As Cervélo engineering director, Sean McDermott explained, “the challenge of developing the T5GB was significant. British Cycling’s track team is at the top of its sport, and its innovative approach has certainly contributed to that success.”

The new bike appears to be a P3 with redesigned steerer tube, fork and cockpit. Credit - British Cycling

The new bike appears to be a P3 with redesigned steerer tube, fork and cockpit.

These will be the first Olympic Games since Sydney 2000 where Great Britain’s track cyclists will not be on UK Sports Institute custom track bikes.

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It will be interesting to see if the bike is ridden by the whole track team or just the pursuiters. In the past the sprinters have ridden the UKSI bikes, owing to the extreme power and force they produce.

It's a nice looking machine, but will it be ridden to gold in Rio? Credit - British Cycling

It’s a nice looking machine, but will it be ridden to gold in Rio?

  • Alan

    Never mind all that biomechanics malarkey, the important thing is that it looks very good. British riders already have a shit load of medals, it’s about time we give other Country’s a chance for once.

  • Dave2020

    No, it is not “anything BC”. It has been one and the same thing, all along.

    All the other ‘problems’ stem from a single root cause.

  • Dave2020

    So would I. It would be very enlightening for all concerned, if they could only construct a credible argument to explain their reasoning.

  • mulga bill

    We see that your life now is to slag anything BC, tell us what you have done, who you have coached to world and olympic medals, instead of sitting there like a redundant Ched Evans chaser!

  • Mike Prytherch

    That’s a shame, I would love to hear why they feel it’s not worth it.

  • Dave2020

    Yes, it is based on that fact.

  • Mike Prytherch

    You are correct in that the bike is a tiny percentage, however the winning margin can be down to hundredths of a second, a 1/2 a watt advantage can make a difference. Likewise you say they are better employed on biomechanics, I presume this is based upon the fact you know they don’t already do that.

  • Dave2020

    Oh dear, same old hype. We (should) all know that the drag of the bike is a tiny percentage of the aerodynamic effect of the rider’s position. How does this ‘cutting edge’ stuff compare to the Mike Burrows design of 1992? How much time and money is being wasted, refining things to the Nth degree, within the arbitrary rules laid down by the dumb governing body? This is ‘innovation’ tied up in a straitjacket, precisely the same as F1 technical reg’s.

    Tony Purnell would be better employed doing research on biomechanics. That’s a critical factor for sprinters as well as pursuiters. (and Grand Tour specialists, for that matter!)