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SRM PC8: The numbers tell the tale

In modern cycling power and other data have become important parameters for riders and trainers. To gather all those data Lotto Soudal has been working together with SRM for several years now. Each rider has an SRM PowerMeter and a PowerControl on the handlebar to display and record data including; power, cadence, speed, heart rate, altitude, and kilojoules. The power of Greipel in Zealand and Tony Gallopin’s ascent in the mountain stage to Plateau de Beille or the speed of Adam Hansen during the descent of the Tourmalet? The SRM knows it all.

The Lotto Soudal riders are now training and racing with the SRM PowerControl8. SRM is a sponsor of seven WorldTour teams. Apart from Lotto Soudal these include Astana, BMC Racing Team, Cofidis, Orica – GreenEdge, Tinkoff Saxo and Trek Factory Racing. The PC8 brings several new features to the pro peloton. It has a larger and customizable display, with backlight, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth functionality. Rachel Weiss is at the Tour, together with a technician to provide teams with necessary support and material. SRM was proud to provide an exclusive sprinter green PC8 for André Greipel.

Rachel Weiss, SRM Sponsorship Manager: “The PowerControl8 is the next generation of the SRM PowerControl. The most exciting new feature in this edition is the GPS tracking capability along with a customizable display and backlight. Our development team also incorporated additional training metrics such as Normalized Power, TSS, Intensity Factor and watts/kg. With Wi-Fi and Bluetooth activated, the PC8 can wirelessly transmit files to a paired laptop or device making data immediately available to trainers and performance staff upon a race finish.”

“As the coaches and staff download and analyze SRM race data from the day, they benefit from a comprehensive overview of how the team is performing and can manage expectations, set goals, and devise strategies for the upcoming days. Many riders have consistent historical SRM data dating back years which makes comparing and analyzing performance an extremely valuable tool in the race to the podium.”

“How a PC8 is used on the race course can differ depending on the type of rider and race. In a TT, a time trial specialist will already have a targeted average power output based on the distance and terrain and can monitor his race effort in real-time to reduce the risk of over-pacing. Or in a classified sprint stage, André Greipel will do his best to conserve energy, working with his teammates to keep his power on reserve until the final sprint. SRM is a key component to a team’s success.”

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