Bioracer presents The Pursuit of Speed

The road to the Olympic time trial

The road to the Olympic time trial

During the Olympic time trial in Tokyo, Annemiek van Vleuten, Tom Dumoulin and Anna van der Breggen wrote cycling history. With Katana, Bioracer's brand new time trial suit, they had a leg up on their opponents

Four years of innovation in one suit

After successful collaborations for London 2012 and Rio 2016, the KNWU relied on Bioracer again for Tokyo 2020. So, the Dutch time trialists were provided with the newest time trial suits from Tessenderlo. "For each Olympiad, we bring together all the innovations of the past four years in an improved version of the previous model. We gave the 3.0 version of the suit an appropriate name: Katana. That is a Japanese sword that cuts through everything," said Jelmer Jacobs, Performance Manager Speedwear at Bioracer. So, four years of innovation and research came together in one kit, but there is more. Each suit is custom made, sized to the individual athlete's body.

The rule of three

The speed of a time trial suit is determined by three major factors: material, support, and cooling. The aerodynamic properties of the fabric are crucial, but do not play the leading role. That one is reserved for the support the suit provides the rider. In fact, a good time trial suit forces the body into a compact posture with inwardly curved shoulders to minimize the frontal surface area. Thirdly, temperature regulation is essential. In Tokyo, the athletes needed continuous cooling, because when the heat cannot be dissipated, it has a negative impact on their performance.

By thinking about every detail, Bioracer lives up to its slogan #wemakeyoufaster. Every gram counts, so lighter always means better. And the suit is almost seamless. There are no stitches bothering the athletes anywhere. Only where there is no other solution, there are taped seams. Time trialists also ride with chamois pads with more grip. By shifting less on the saddle, their power transfer is more efficient. After all, in top sport, it is all about the details.

From Tokyo to the webshop

How much time can a fast, perfectly fitting time trial suit save versus one of inferior quality? The exact efficiency depends on a lot of factors, but a second per kilometer is a realistic estimation. Annemiek, Tom and Anna were able to experience the advantage. The public can also ride with the latest innovations: Bioracer's racewear effortlessly finds its way from Tokyo to the webshop.

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