The last teams have been selected, the countless hours of training have been completed, and superbikes have been built. Now Emma White and the other four riders in the US Olympic team pursuit squad just need to fine-tune everything and go to Tokyo. Here is White’s Field TA FRD bike, as photographed 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 American team took the silver medal.
In 2020, the American team won the UCI World Championship with White, Jennifer Valente, Chloé Dygert and Lily Williams. The 2021 Olympic line-up, including an alternate, is White, Dygert, Megan Jastrab, Valente and Williams.
The most notable piece on the TA FRD is, of course, the left-hand drive.
“The TA FRD was built specifically to be the fastest bike possible on the velodrome for team pursuit,” said Felt’s Michael White. “We started with a clean slate on aerodynamics for the track. And our engineers learned that if we placed the driveline on the left side, it allowed a little more aerodynamic efficiency than if it were on the right. ”
The basebar is part of the Felt chassis, but the aero extensions are from Aerocoach, which also provides extensions for many top Tour de France riders.
Under UCI rules, TA FRD is available for sale – worth $ 26,000. Has Felt sold anything since 2016? “I can count the number on one hand,” White said. “We knew it would be a rare product and we never expected it to be a revenue generator. This is a project dedicated to customizing the riders with the best possible product on the world stage. We are a long-time sponsor of USA Cycling and are proud of that relationship. ”
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