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Hope and Lotus collaborate on 'groundbreaking' Team GB track bike for Tokyo 2020

Joe Robinson
30 Oct 2019

New bike is still subject to UCI approval but could be revolutionary on the track

Team GB has unveiled its 'groundbreaking' new track bike designed to continue the team's golden success at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In a collaboration between Hope and Lotus, this unique bike has pushed the UCI boundaries as to what's legal, continuing both brands' reputation of thinking outside the box when considering bike design and manufacturing.

Recent UCI rule changes have allowed the design teams to increase the width of the forks and seatstays, creating deeper sections while also reducing the overall weight of the bike.

Rather than the frame, Team GB believe it is the developments in the disc wheels that are truly groundbreaking. Utilising a new manufacturing process, Hope claims to have reduced the weight of the wheels without affecting stiffness.

 

This also signals Lotus's return to the bike manufacturing scene. Best known for its Formula 1 cars, the Norwich-based brand led a revolution in track bike technology throughout the 1990s.

Chris Boardman rode a Lotus track bike to gold at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, winning the 4km pursuit. The monocoque design was then later banned by the UCI. 

Tony Purnell, head of technology at the Great Britain Cycling Team, commented on the success of the partnership and how they look forward to utilising the new bike in the next 12 months.

'It’s a dream team of engineering prowess - Hope Technology bring high-quality manufacturing standards and Lotus Engineering is renowned for lightweight design and outstanding aerodynamic efficiency,' said Purnell.

'Both supported and advised by additive manufacturing experts Renishaw, who have ensured that Lotus and Hope have access to the most modern and fastest turnaround process from design to usable pieces.

'We have the task of evaluating the bike together with the English Institute of Sport to ensure it’s going to have the right performance in Minsk and Glasgow, and of course in Tokyo, and providing feedback to Hope and Lotus engineering teams.'

The bike is, however, subject to approval by the UCI and be ridden at a UCI Track World Cup before the end of 2019. GB riders are expected to break cover with the bike at next weekend's Track World Cup in Minsk, Belarus before racing it at the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome in Glasgow on 8th November.