Inadequate specification and fatigue testing key to Australia's Olympic handlebar failure

Australias Alexander Porter reacts after crashing during the mens track cycling team pursuit qualifying event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Izu Velodrome in Izu Japan on August 2 2021 Photo by Odd ANDERSEN AFP Photo by ODD ANDERSENAFP via Getty Images
Alex Porter (Australia) after the failure that caused the crash during the men's Team Pursuit qualifying at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

AusCycling on Thursday released the independent report into the pursuit handlebar failure during the men’s Team Pursuit qualifying at the Tokyo Olympic Games, saying that while a number of factors contributed, two were critical – an inadequate specification for custom-built handlebars and a lack of adequate fatigue testing. 

"Like most failures, there is no one cause for this event, there is however a prime cause which had more impact than any other," the investigation said in its executive summary.

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.