Why aren't GB using the new Hope-Lotus Olympic track bikes?

An updated design was released last July, but might not feature in competition before the summer

Ethan Vernon, Ethan Hayter, Ollie Wood and Dan Bigham of Great Britain in the team pursuit at the European Championships
(Image credit: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com)

None of GB’s riders are racing on the new Hope-Lotus HBT at the European Track Championships this week, and they might not do so before the Paris Olympics this August.

British Cycling unveiled an updated model of the track bike last July, ahead of the World Championships, where it was used just once for homologation. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.