Listen: Tony, Rio Bike, Chris discussed on The Cycling Podcast
"SIS CPI TWENTY-FIVE THAT'S S I S C P twenty five. So where are we now. We've kind of come full circle and the new track bike. It really does seem to be the first step. Would we've had in terms of radical change in design line since I'm no the original latest track bike so we decided to try and delve a bit deeper into evolution of this new frame and went to see the chief of the Secret Squirrel Club himself. The real driving force and inspiration behind this bike tiny now so Tony's career was initially involved in one and About how he first got involved with Great Britain cycling team and where the ideas for the bike I came from it just coincided with me having taken up bike racing again as a schoolboy was mad mad by boat racer to the point that I was in trouble at school. You can relate to that addiction and I started that again and someone must have told old Chris. Boardman that there's this Formula One guy who's bonkers on bike racing next thing I know is Chris is saying would we like to be my successor. They called it the Secret Squirrel Carbon those studies and actually it couldn't have been time better. Life was getting complicated with lots of jobs. Were really into and I feel for fancy that so. That's that's that's that's how and hair so Rio was pretty successful. Oh really very proud of my involvement so just terrific to be of of an outstanding effort put and I learnt so much you know I started thinking. Athletes will from long cars and then I heard is that they they have minds of their own. Moved with Squidgy you know not solid surface and complex human beings so that that was pretty good experience. I thought Crikey Crikey. It's going to be awfully difficult to beat rea- we're we're not GonNa do it by just doing the same old so I really had firmly in my head after Rio that we were going to have to really take a bit of a risk and think laterally on how to you know seek any kind of advantage so when it came to the bike I'd come to the conclusion that all bikes were really refinements of the S- Avello Velo P. Three which I don't know maybe that's twenty years old. It's it's it's some time. But when the P. Three came out it's swept the market because because it was dramatically the best bike and since then everybody's been refining refining towards the same solution solution and the testing that we've done was all the bikes the AH cosmetically look differently. They kind of perform about the same. We wanted to try and do something whereby whereby if nothing else when the opposition look to off stuff they would I would think I wish I had one of that. I know that Sicilia objective but that was some of the thinking. We had a load of brainstorming after a Radio because we had three or four of a suit worked on the Rio bike. And you know we've through ideas and into the ring. Some of the ideas were You know could we do a little bit more off to make the bike and the rider. Interact more positively so that was really where we put a lot of focus. How could we? Could we get a positive interaction going. But how could we A little bit different. We put together a whole bunch of experiments which I think if Joe Public saw they go. What on earth is that going to do with the bike? Are you really into fundamentals of the root cause for things and that look good. We started thinking going wide with the folks and going wide with the seat stays. I actually sketch approach. Artist's impression of how this bike would look along with a pretty coherent argument that it was worth after doing. I showed it to him whether rule if I remember rightly in a cafe and that was you. You just get the string of coincidences bath. I do believe you make your own luck and so I teach at Cambridge University. Stay in whether rule son owns hope his sons Cambridge Ian. WHO's coming down to drop him off? Often things like that and so we met up and we had a chat and I said you know we go. We WanNA do really different bike for Tokyo and I described it to win and I think that's probably the most expensive cup of coffee is because he just said wow you know I think my employees will be be really proud to put together something like that for the British team. Where we're in? I think what was really interesting from listening to Tony it is much. GP have everything meticulously planned between you know between each Olympic Games but this came about relatively late in the day. Yeah absolutely he said it was actually early. Two Thousand Nineteen before everything got going and it's funny because as well with cycling the so much rush tax particularly in track. Cycling only gets unlocked from the cupboards. Once every four years. And it's really rare that you see. It released this early before the Olympics with the full nine months to go. Usually you keep it locked away. You bring it out just before the Games these your products that are going to change the games and and get that gold medal or you bring in different configurations to throw a little curveball as well. Yeah exactly. They've done. They've done this before where they've brought out something that they know doesn't actually make any improvement but other nations. Think this this must be something so then it kind of yes. Sons on the nation's up the garden path. So Yeah you could be forgiven for thinking why Ana at the British cycling launch this bike with four nine months to go. But here's tiny stars. Wi- will make no mistake. This wasn't the chosen path. Beginning of two thousand eighteen might have been later actually anyway. The UCI declared a a new set of rules for the Olympics. Basically you had to race the equipment in two thousand nineteen. And if you didn't race ace it. You can't use it. So that was absolute trauma for the development team especially especially our sponsors. I tell you what it did wonders for the decision making program process. You can't mess about just have to go. Yeah we'll do that so that that's the reason. We competed in Glasgow Minsk because we had to well not only do we speak Tony. We also spoke with our weather from hope to allergy. And here's what he had to say about the impact of this new deadline."