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