The final teams have been selected, the countless hours of training have been completed and the superbikes are being built. Now Emma White and the four other runners on the US Olympic Team Pursuit team just have to tweak everything and get to Tokyo. This is White’s Felt TA FRD bike, pictured at the US Olympic Training Center Velodrome in Colorado Springs.
Felt created the bike ahead of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where the US team won the silver medal.
In 2020, the American team won the UCI world championship, along with White, Jennifer Valente, ChloÃ© Dygert and Lily Williams. The 2021 Olympic roster, including a replacement, are White, Dygert, Megan Jastrab, Valente and Williams.
The most notable part on the TA FRD is of course the left hand drive.
âThe TA FRD was specifically designed to be the fastest bike possible on the velodrome for the team pursuit,â said Michael White of Felt. âWe started with a clean slate on the aerodynamics of the track. And our engineers learned that if we put the drivetrain on the left side, it allowed a little more aerodynamic efficiency than if it was on the right side.
The base bar is part of the Felt chassis, but the aero extensions come from Aerocoach, which also provides extensions to many top Tour de France riders.
According to UCI regulations, the TA FRD is available for sale – for an amount of $ 26,000. Has Felt sold any since 2016? âI can count the number on one hand,â White said. âWe knew it would be a rarefied product and we didn’t expect it to generate income. This is a project dedicated to equipping runners with the best possible product on the world stage. We are a long-time sponsor of USA Cycling and are proud of this relationship. “
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