Chris Froome unstoppable above and below sea level
REIGNING Tour de France champion Chris Froome is unstoppable on a bike above and below sea level. The Englishman recently became the first person to cycle from the United Kingdom to France under the sea.
As part of Team Sky's partnership with prestige carmaker Jaguar, a short film titled "Team Sky - Cycling Under The Sea" is about to be released which documents the Team Sky leader riding from the Eurotunnel Terminal in Folkestone on England's south-east coast, to Calais in France.
Froome rode through the 50.45km tunnel at "training-pace", completing the world first ride in a time of about 55 minutes and reached speeds of up to 65kmh.
Jaguar and Team Sky began discussions over six months ago with Eurotunnel, which is celebrating its 20th year in 2014, to make the cycling challenge possible. The service tunnel is one of the highest security sites in the UK and France.
"Cycling under the sea was an incredible experience. Opportunities to become the first person in the world to achieve these kind of feats are extremely rare nowadays, especially as a pro-cyclist," Froome said.
"To become the first person ever to cycle through the Eurotunnel was right up there with some of the most iconic rides I've ever done - this must have been one of very few 'world first' rides left!"
Jaguar has worked closely with Pinarello in the devlopment of the bike being used by Team Sky in the Tour de France.
Aero-led changes include aerofoil-shaped tubing optimised within UCI regulations, and a new aero seat post.
The Dogma F8's front forks have been developed to minimise drag and ensure seamless airflow on to the down tube.
The rear derailleur wire/cable exits the frame at the back of the drop out, again to reduce turbulence. Three holes on the seat tube allow for a lower position for a second drink bottle, to further reduce drag.
In certain areas, Jaguar accentuated the famous asymmetric design of the Dogma 65.1 to improve aerodynamic performance. The seat mono stay around the rear brake is now asymmetric to guide airflow cleanly around the brake calliper, while using the minimal amount of material. The upper section of the rear chain stay is also heavily asymmetric.
The wind tunnel tests show the new Dogma F8 is 26.1% more aerodynamic (complete bike) than the outgoing Dogma 65.1 and 6.4% more aerodynamic including a rider. The frame set alone is 40% more aerodynamic ally efficient.
The worlds of cycling and motoring are growing stronger. Only last week the latest collaboration between Specialized and McLaren was unveiled.
With a price tag of $24,000, the Specialized S-Works McLaren Tarmac utilises McLaren's vast carbon fibre expertise that has resulted in a 10% weight savings over the standard S-Works Tarmac.
Rounding out the package is a custom colourway, co-developed with McLaren and painted in their exclusive McLaren Special Operations Centre in Woking, Surrey UK - the same location where the $1.2 million McLaren P1 supercar is painted.
Only 250 S-Works McLaren Tarmacs are slated for production worldwide and each highly limited bike comes equipped with a pair of custom made S-Works Road Shoes and an S-Works Prevail helmet, both painted to match the frame.
Every S-Works McLaren Tarmac will be built to the individual specifications of the rider.