Bradley Wiggins Olympic bike

The Great Britain men’s road race team will line up on the Mall this Saturday not on the Pinarellos and Cervelos they’ve been riding all season, but on plain black UK Sports Institute bikes. From Cycling weekly

The five-man team that consists of Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome, David Millar and Ian Stannard will ride road-going versions of the GB track bikes, designed with aerodynamics in mind.

Built by carbon expert and former sprinter Dimitris Katsanis, a version of these bikes was first used on the track back in 2002. They have been developed ever since, especially in the build up to the Beijing Olympics when Chris Boardman spent hundreds of man-hours in a wind tunnel in Southampton testing everything that could be tested.

The bike is stiff enough to harness the power of Sir Chris Hoy, yet aerodynamic with a low profile (see the low top tube) and minimal frontal area (see the narrow head tube and minimalistic forks).

The British team is going in to the race with the sole aim of delivering Mark Cavendish for the sprint and will also wear aero gear. They will ride the filled-in helmets that we’ve seen all season and likely some version of a skinsuit, rather than shorts and jersey.

The men’s road race starts at 10am on The Mall on Saturday morning and will finish around 4pm.

 

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