Tour De France Riders : The £12,000 Bike Of Team Sky!

Until recently, a £12,000 price tag would placed on a car, or even some futuristic prototype of a concept race bike. The thought of a £12,000 road bike would have been ludicrous as recent as a few years ago! However, with recreational cycling enthusiasts now spending several thousands of pounds on road bikes, it’s little surprise that Team Sky have developed a bike that is worth exactly that…£12,000.

It’s called the Pinarello Dogma F8, and it was designed in conjunction with British Sports Car manufacturer Jaguar. Evidently this amazing piece of design and engineering comes equipped with electronic Shimano DR2 gear system and lightweight wheels. This bike is technologically superior to any other bike on the Tour de France circuit, it isn’t one for the purist cyclists amongst you. Should bikes be this advanced or are we detracting from raw athleticism and cycling grit? I don’t think so, the improved performance of the bike enhances the potential time a rider can complete a stage in, thus pushing them harder to fulfil the bikes potential…the Tour de France will ALWAYS be a gruelling competition no matter what bike they’re on (so long as it’s engineless of course)!

This bike is described as an assured piece of kit, with predictable handling and breathtaking speed. It is amazing to look at and definitely warrants its place on The Tour…this said, a couple of it’s riders have taken serious tumbles during The Tour already, resulting in early exits for Brits Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome! It may be an impressive bike, but it hurts just as much when you fall off it!

 

Source

Telegraph, (2014). How good is Team Sky's £12,000 bike? Retrieved 15th July, 2014, from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/active/recreational-cycling/10951773/Pinarello-Dogma-F8-review-a-Porsche-911-on-two-wheels.html

 

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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