Boardman B56

Where it all began...

 

In the early 90's anyone who knew anything about cycling would tell you that it would be utterly impossible for an athlete to travel more than 56km in an hour.

 

Thanks to the open mindedness and willingness to explore of one gifted sports scientist and two visionary eccentrics, in 1996 Chris Boardman broke the World One Hour Record, far surpassing this 'unachievable' mark. The first eccentric was Mike Burrows with his fabled Lotus bike design, he had the vision to ask 'why does a frame need to be a collection of tubes, why not like a wing'? The second was Graeme Obree, the Scot, who also explored outside of cycling, he looked not to aeronautics but instead to swimming where athletes are not allowed to remain under the water for more than 15m as submerged, with their arms outstretched they went faster! So Graeme adopted this position on a bike and beat the world.

 

Chris took this knowledge and combined it with Peter Keen's (his coach) advanced understanding of human physiology which was used not only to determine training for the record attempt but also to control the temperature within the venue to minimise air density!

 

Due to the inquisitiveness, open mindedness and willingness to explore of these three individuals, Chris went beyond 56km, setting a mark of 56.375km.

 

Image: © Casey B Gibson

 

 

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Where it's going to go...

 

For more than a decade Chris Boardman used this learning to lead Great Britain's research and development team (known as The Secret Squirrel Club) that supplied equipment to the most successful British Olympic cycling team ever.

 

Now, having established the Boardman Bikes brand and using this world-beating philosophy the Boardman team have formed a Special projects Program within the Research and Development Dept to see how far the boundaries can be stretched: 'beyond 56km' - Project >B56. "This is an incredibly exciting project for all of us at Boardman - we want to push our R&D even further and the >B56 program will allow us to go way, way beyond."

 

Look out for the >B56 badge on Boardman prototypes as the team works to create the performance improvements of tomorrow.

Watch this space...

 

In the meantime, here's a couple of recent >B56 projects...

 

 

 

 

 

 


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