British Cycling have unveiled the Cervélo track bike its riders will be using in search of gold medals at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio this summer.
The Cervélo T5GB has been inspired by Formula One technology and is the result of extensive work – including hundreds of hours of wind-tunnel analysis – between Cervélo and the national federation at sites across Great Britain.
Great Britain swept the floor at the last Olympics on home soil four years ago, winning seven gold medals, a silver and a bronze – with no other nation coming close. Despite that success, the federation switched to Cervélo as its supplier 12 months ago, and this new bike is said to represent the "quest for continuous improvement".
It has been developed with collaboration from the Research and Innovation (R&I) team at the English Institute of Sport (EIS), which aims to ensure British athletes are among the best equipped in the world.
"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," said Tony Purnell, head of technical development.
"It is our constant aim to ensure that the best athletes in the world are supported by the best equipment in the world. It's about the detail – achieving the very best of everything.
"This means that, even after the fantastic success we enjoyed at London 2012, we have been determined to work alongside Cervélo to build and improve on the equipment that has served us so well in the recent past. Without question, this bike represents that quest for continuous improvement."
Cervélo engineering director, Sean McDermott, added: “The uniquely short time frame and ambitious targets made this a challenging project, but now that the new bike is ready, it's clear that it was well worth it. We can't wait to see the T5GB in action in Rio."