British Cycling has announced the extension of its partnerships with Renishaw and Lotus Engineering to deliver the bike to be used by the Great Britain Cycling Team (GBCT) track squad at the 2024 Olympics. This builds on the relationships which supported GBCT in the Tokyo Olympics.
The partnerships will strive to increase the team’s bike’s speed through an enhanced design, with Renishaw using its experience in Additive Manufacturing to create lightweight, complex parts for the bike, which will aim to reduce drag and further improve its overall speed whilst Lotus will bring its lightweight designs and aerodynamic efficiencies.
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The bike will be homologated in line with UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) regulations through 2023 to make it competition-ready for the summer Olympics in Paris next year.
“Over the last Olympic cycle, we have developed fantastic relationships with Renishaw and Lotus, working collaboratively to bring together world-leading expertise from their teams into our programme,” stated Stephen Park CBE, Great Britain Cycling Team Performance Director. “This, combined with our in-house team who are constantly working to find the most innovative solutions, such as optimising rider race positions in our newly opened wind tunnel, givesour riders the best possible chance when they get to the start line.
“Having brought back seven track medals from Tokyo, we are excited to see what we can go on to achieve together as we work towards further refining our bike, which is just one part of the world-class support we are able to offer our riders as we set our sights on Paris 2024,” Park concluded.
Ben Collins, Senior Applications Engineer for Renishaw’s Additive Manufacturing Group, added, “We’re really delighted to be working once again with the British Cycling team after the success in Tokyo. Creating a bike light enough for Olympic competition that also stayed within the UCI guidelines was a challenge, but it also gave us the chance to showcase how beneficial Additive Manufacturing can be across all industries.”
Collins continued, “It was great to see how well the bike performed, and now that we’ve renewed the partnership, it will be really exciting to see how we can help improve the bike’s performance for Paris.”