Barcelona, Dec 1 (EFE).- The 37th America’s Cup in Barcelona 2024 is, in addition to a sporting competition, a true technological revolution and in this edition the return of the so-called ‘cyclors’, the crew members who generate power for the boat Pedaling on adapted stationary bicycles, he has involved the most important cycling brands in high-competition sailing.
The ‘cyclors’ were used for the first time in the 35th America’s Cup by Team New Zealand in Bermuda 2017, were banned in the 36th edition in Auckland 2021 and have been authorized again in Barcelona 2024.
On the AC75 (the 22.90 meter long foil monohull that will compete in the 37th America’s Cup), the hydraulic system powered by ‘cyclors’ is used to control various functions of the boat, such as adjusting the sails .
The ‘cyclors’ are placed in a designated area on the boat, usually towards the rear, strategically to optimize power production and systems efficiency.
The four ‘cyclors’ can pedal at the same time and work in synchronization, generating energy with the leg muscles to drive the hydraulic system.
The pedals are connected to a system of gears and hydraulic pumps that convert pedaling motion into hydraulic pressure. This pressure is then used to control the ship’s complex systems.
In 2017, Emirates Team New Zealand prepared the ‘cylors’ in absolute secrecy for two years and used one of the best companies in the world for preparation: Wattcyles. Founded in Nottingham (UK) in 2007, it has developed the world’s best performing indoor training bike, distinguished by its exceptional precision and advanced technology. It is the system used by the New Zealand ‘All Blacks’ for their physical preparation and muscle strengthening.
For the preparation of its ‘cyclors’, the American ‘American Magic’ has had Sram, the manufacturer of the most advanced bicycle components in the world, as its official partner and supplier. He has 35 years of experience working with high-performance equipment and will provide the ‘cyclros’ technologies on board.
The ‘Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli’ has joined the historic Italian brand Campagnolo, one of the most prestigious in the world in the sector of components for racing bicycles. Its new transmissions, designed specifically for the team, will make the work of the ‘cyclors’ more efficient, improving their performance and, therefore, the speed of the boat.
The technology used in the transmission system is very similar to that used in elite cycling, where Campagnolo has 90 years of experience and 43 victories in the Tour de France. The company will develop an innovative product that remains in absolute secrecy.
The ‘INEOS Britannia’, taking advantage of its association with the Mercedes Formula One team and its Applied Sciences department, with its professional cycling team INEOS Grenadiers, one of the best in the world, works on multiple projects to improve the performance of its ‘cyclors’. ‘.
The INEOS Grenadiers has the high technology developed by the Italian firm Pinarello, which assembles high-end handmade bicycles.
Pinarello has supplied bicycles for years to several professional cycling teams, such as Banesto, Telekom or Movistar. Miguel Induráin won several Tours de France on a bicycle from this legendary brand.
The French Orient Express Racing has closed a strategic alliance with Zycle, a brand of Versa Design, a Spanish electronic engineering company dedicated to the development of innovative solutions for both industry and consumer electronics.
Versa Design, based in Valencia and Barcelona, a world leader in creating indoor cycling experiences designed for professional athletes, has made available to the team its innovative ZBike 2.0, recognized as the most advanced smart bike on the market, along with the innovative ‘smart’ rollers.
This union of sailing and cycling boosts a market that, in racing bicycles alone, generated a business volume of 9,429.27 million dollars in 2022 and is expected to reach 14.9 billion in 2028, according to the Research Reports report. World, the premier market research platform.