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Cervelo's Gerard Vroomen talks bikes with road.cc

The limits of carbon technology, why good aluminium is better than bad carbon and lots more…

At the recent Cervelo Test Team launch we got to speak to Gerard Vroomen one half of the dynamic duo (along with Phil White) behind Cervelo, and now the Cervelo Test Team.

Vroomen and White set up Cervelo in the mid-Nineties designing cutting edge and often esoteric time trial machines. Their big break came in 2000 when against everyone's expectations, including their own, a meeting with Team CSC boss, Bjarne Riis, resulted in them becoming the bike supplier to the team. Under enormous pressure the duo then produced a whole series of race winning machines culminating in the Soloist which Carlos Sastre rode to victory in last year's Tour de France.

Vroomen has very definite ideas on bike design, materials, and technology and he was more than happy to share a few of them with road.cc… 

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Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.

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