It has been a busy year for the world’s fastest bike.
After a disappointing start to the year, the world is now a world of fast bicycles.
At the top of the speed charts is the World Superbike Champion, Valentino Rossi, who has set the pace of the sport for the past three seasons.
The best-known world champion, Tom Boonen, has ridden a number of bikes over the past year, with the most recent of his efforts taking place on the 2017 Criterium du Dauphiné in France.
A few days ago, the 24-year-old won the 24.5km Euskaltel Superbike Championship for a new world record.
The 2017 season saw the world of sportbike take on a new meaning.
With the introduction of carbon fibre and carbon fibre tubeless tires, many were concerned that the sport would be in danger of being relegated to a “bike of last resort.”
The race was, of course, a resounding success for the sport, with riders competing in both the World Tour and the Vuelta a Espana.
However, there was a hitch.
Bike manufacturers have been working hard to make the sport safer, to make it a more attractive choice for those who want to enjoy the sport.
“The fact that it’s the only major road race in the UCI World Tour in the first half of the season, as well as the fact that we had a major safety issue in the Tour of California and now the Tour de France, it’s hard to see why we shouldn’t go back to a bike of last option,” Fernando Alonso said of the safety issue at the end of the UCi World Tour season.
Ferrari, meanwhile, was keen to push the envelope of performance by using a carbon fibre race bike in the Vuzeo-Michelin Grand Prix in Italy.
After the World Cup and the Tour, the UC I will try to get the UCIs carbon fibre carbon racing bikes back in a competitive format in the next few years, said Federico Chiesa, the President of the Italian Pro-Team.
As we see, there are some real changes coming for the UCIIB in the future, which is why I’m very excited about this new bike, said the team’s CEO, Stefano Domenicali.
The new bike has been designed with aerodynamics in mind, and will feature a carbon-fibre fork, a carbon tubeless rim and carbon seatpost.
This bike is already very well tested in races and is in a very strong position in terms of its ability to perform in races, said Domenici.
It has also been developed with the UC i in mind.
With the UC biannual season just around the corner, the new bike is now ready to roll.
The bike has already been put through its paces at the first two races of the year in California and the Criterio du Daux-de-Provence.
The team hopes to get another shot at the world championship in 2018, with more races to come.