UCI signs Wattbike testing and training deal

British brand’s indoor bike to be used by UCI World Cycling Centre to develop talent outside the traditional cycling nations.

The UCI World Cycling Centre (WCC) has gained considerable attention in recent years for the role it played in helping Chris Froome on the road into the professional ranks of the sport. Now the WCC has signed a deal with Wattbike to help it identify the best new talent from the less well-established cycling nations.

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The deal will see Wattbike’s stationery trainers located across the globe at the WCC’s satellite centres to provide scientific testing to identify talented riders from countries without a history in cycling. Bikes will also be located at the UCI headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland where they will be used to provide structured training and improve the pedalling technique of riders based at the facility.

Developed alongside Peter Keen and the British team in the run-up to the Beijing Olympics, the Wattbike has developed a formidable reputation as the benchmark of stationery trainers since its 2008 launch, with a growing number of amateur riders stomaching the £2250 price-tag in search of the unparalleled data on offer.

The UCI WCC has enjoyed significant success since its establishment in 2002, with almost 900 alumni from 118 countries winning 15 Olympic medals, 33 World Championship titles, and, of course, one Tour de France.

The partnership will be launched at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines in February where Wattbikes will be available in the track centre for warm ups, and public demonstrations will also be taking place.