ORICA-Green Edge partnered with Retul
Retül has been selected as the official bike fit technology of ORICA-GreenEDGE. Team staff will utilize Retül’s three-dimensional motion capture system to collect biomechanical data for riders and record bike setup positions for road and time trial bikes. Earlier this season, Retül’s Todd Carver and Ivan O'Gorman worked with the team to collect fit data during the ORICA-GreenEDGE camp in Spain.
“It’s a lot easier for team staff and ultimately better for the riders when there’s not a melting pot of bike fit changes and adjustments,” said Todd Carver, Chief Fit and Education Officer at Retül. “The ORICA-GreenEDGE medical and technical staff are committed to this fit program, and Retül is happy to have the opportunity to empower the team with our tools and training.”
Carver believes that when a team embraces fitting, it alleviates many of the problems that occur when riders are spread throughout the world utilizing inconsistent resources. When team staff is not involved in changes that affect a rider’s bike fit, there is often little context or background as to why the changes are made.
“Christian Meier is a great example,” Carver said. “We worked with him back in 2007 and 2008 when he was with Slipstream. A few things had changed with Christian over the years and he was struggling with his fit on the bike. He made several changes based on feel, but what we found by looking at his Retül data during camp was that the changes had really disrupted his ankling pattern. We adjusted his cleat settings, crank length and saddle position, and those changes made a big difference for Christian. Without the support of data, it’s very difficult to make those kinds of changes with any confidence.”
Carver notes that Retül became involved with ORICA-GreenEDGE at the recommendation of Team Sky. Team Sky also utilizes Retül technology and has successfully implemented a bike fit program within the team.
“The use of data and technology in cycling will continue to grow,” Carver said. “ORICA-GreenEDGE is embracing that, and we had a great experience working with Robert Brown and Dr. Peter Barnes at team camp. In their hands, I think Retül technology will be very powerful.”