Cycling Australia today joined with Bike Technologies Australia (BT) to unveil the ‘BT BLADE’, the latest bicycle for use by members of the Australian track cycling team.
The ‘BT BLADE’ will be ridden by Australia’s track endurance cyclists in events including the individual and team pursuit and joins the ‘BT STEALTH’ currently in use by our sprint cyclists.
“An incredible amount of research, design, testing, experience and cost goes into the development of each BT bicycle,” said former Olympian and BT Australia Director, Sal Sansonetti. “We looked at each element of the frame and modeled the stresses and loads applied to it.
“We then chose the best combination of carbon fibre grades and fibre orientation for each individual element,” said Mr Sansonetti. “It’s the same basic approach used in the aero space industry.”
Cycling Australia’s Senior Track Cycling Coach, Martin Barras, says the relationship between the team and BT Australia ensures our cyclists line up with the most technologically advanced bikes available.
“There is no doubt the final result comes down to the performances of each individual cyclist but in events where the result can be decided by a thousandth of a second our team goes into every race confident they are riding the very best bike which gives then a psychological edge over their rivals,” said Mr Barras. “BT Bikes consider every variable in the design of these machines which are custom built to suit each cyclist.”
BT Australia has supplied track bicycles to the Australian team for more than a decade and the company manufactures the most advanced carbon fibre bicycles available in the world today. Nezkot Engineering, the partner company of Bike Technologies, provided the aerospace expertise for the development and design of tooling. Through the use Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling to simulate wind tunnel conditions BT was able to develop optimal aerodynamic frame shapes. All BT carbon frames are created using the company’s ‘Monocoque Method’ – the major factor contributing to a frame’s performance.
“This is a process in which the frame is fused together into a seamless monocoque (one-piece) structure,” said Mr Sansonetti. “Based on feedback from the Australian Institute of Sport and the Australian cycling team the ‘BT BLADE’ continued to be refined until this final version which weighs just 6.8kg complete.
“The result is a frame free of compromise and full of performance providing the Australian team with the ultimate advantage,” said Mr Sansonetti.
The Australian team will also benefit from the latest developments in tyre and wheel technology through Cycling Australia’s sponsors, Vittoria and Mavic respectively. Vittoria has worked closely with Cycling Australia carrying out extensive research and testing to create race tyres that have decreased weight and enhanced grip, responsiveness and overall speed, while Mavic has produced a state of the art wheel used by the leading track cycling teams around the world.
For further information (media only) please contact:
Gennie Sheer, Sheer Rhetoric – Communications Director, Cycling Australia
Tel: +61 (0) 418 863 533
Cycling Australia website www.cycling.org.au