Road Cycling

Behind the scenes with Chris Boardman's Super Light Sportive frame

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Olympic gold medalist, three-time Tour de France yellow jersey wearer, former world hour record holder... there isn't much Chris Boardman doesn't know about cycling. The Super Light Sportive frame is his latest creation: a chassis claimed to offer the stiffness of his race-ready SLR frame, but with a geometry more inclined to comfort. The frame is being developed under Boardman’s B56 Special Projects Program. Why 56? It’s a subtle reference to the Merseysider’s average speed when breaking the world hour record in 1996 – a cool 56.375km. Boardman's engineers headed to Kitzbühel, Austria for a five-day session testing various iterations of the frame with differing carbon lay-ups. There’s no shortage of stunning scenery in this video – check out the cloud-covered mountain tops at 0:52. "Two years in development and testing, the fine-tuned result is designed to cater for the rider who spends a lot of time in the saddle - either training, racing or purely for the love of cycling," Boardman said. The video offers a fascinating insight into how the Boardman brand approach testing. When the man at the top is recognised as one of the sharpest minds in bike design - Boardman was, until recently, the brains behind British Cycling's "Secret Squirrel Club" little is left to chance. How little? Even the test riders' Assos socks look freshly pressed! Check them out at 2:08.

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