Tony Martin, world time tri
al champion. Ellen Van Dijk, also world time trial champion. In fact there’s a good chance that you’ll recognise most of the riders that have been spotted wearing a Bioracer skinsuit to victory over the past twelve months.
If you include junior champ Igor Decraene – we’ll let you off if you couldn’t name him – that’s three of the four latest world time trial champions that have been kitted out in the distinctive ‘pinstripes.’
Look back over 2013 more closely and you’ll see most of Team Sky’s riders were kitted out in pinstripes for time trials too.
Regular readers will recall that last month’s cover shot of Sir Bradley Wiggins (on the start line of the 2013 Tour of Britain’s time trial) included the same, notched fabric fading over the Olympic champion’s shoulders into the soft focus background.
Tell us what you know about the people who make those suits, however, and the answers might soon run dry. Bioracer (they insist it is pronounced bee-yo) are the high authorities on airflow, yet are a relatively small and little known company located in the far east of Belgium, a far cry from the globalized household brand names that prevail in professional cycling.
What is it that they do differently that means the fastest riders in the world go to them for help going that little bit faster? And how on earth do they do it? Cycle Sport took the long drive to Bioracer’s Limburg headquarters to learn the secrets to making the fastest cycling kit in the world.