How Cloud Computing Helps The US Cycling Team – PSFK (blog)

August 12, 2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Uncategorized

A range of high-tech training tools could bring in that elusive olympic gold

In the London Olympics of 2012, the US Cycling Women’s trio was 5.676 seconds shy of snatching the gold from the Great Britain contenders (who broke the world record). This year, the US team is leaving nothing to chance by upgrading their tools, using the best technology available in the cloud computing space.

IBM helped develop a groundbreaking analytics system that pairs environmental and rider data. Sensors developed by Stages captures cyclist data 64 times a second. The power required to make sense of this plus many other data inputs rely on the cloud.

Through the IBM Watson Internet of Things Platform, coaches can track athlete power watts, lap timing, new muscle oxygenation and matched burned results in real time.

By using cloud-based software, the relay of information to the athletes is quick and concise. These numbers will be seen by the athletes through head-worn displays developed by Solos. (Solos is a successful crowdfunded project who impressively spent its first year as a startup developing a wearable display for the athletes.)

The TA FRD bicycles are imposing in jet black. Built from the ground-up by Felt and only for the purpose of running at high speeds on the track, they are asymmetrical. They’re designed to run the track shaped into the edges of the concave. The slight details that don’t match between its left and right sides allow for better aerodynamics since track bikes ride in one direction. Because of design of the loop track, circuit cyclists always turn left and the asymmetry helps cut wind resistance out as a result.

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Jim Miller, the Vice President of Athletics at US Cycling, says of these radical updates:

“Our goal after London was to assemble the best team in the world and to put that team on the best bike in the world. Working with all of our partners, we feel that we have created a game changer that will help deliver us to the top step in Rio.”

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