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British Cycling facing bike crisis ahead of World quest

 

By Matt Slater

British Cycling has admitted all of the bikes its track riders used in Rio have broken, meaning the team will be on old frames at the world championships in Hong Kong this month - but denied it is a concern.

The £10,000, carbon-fibre machines used to such effect at the 2016 Games were designed in partnership with Cervelo, after the Canadian firm became the GB cycling team's supplier in 2015. The five-year deal was set up with the aim of developing the fastest track bike ever made for Tokyo 2020.

But while these British-made bikes were fast, they were also brittle. It is now understood there are no working Mk I T5GB bikes left and the team will be riding a combination of an older Cervelo model and the bikes first developed by the UK Sport Institute for the 2004 Olympics.

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