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Tour Down Under 2020: Sports Tech of the Pro Women

Tour Down Under 2020: Sports Tech of the Pro Women

Tour Down Under 2020: Sports Tech of the Pro Women


Each time I stock the ladies’s professional ranks, issues recover and higher in phrases of apparatus. Back a couple of years in the past, it felt like a push to also have the similar motorbike frames on a workforce. Whereas this 12 months that’s simply the baseline and the the majority of groups have standardized energy meters too. It’s just right to look development right here, despite the fact that the sponsorship numbers don’t slightly line-up one for one in comparison to the males’s.

In the case of the Women’s Tour Down Under, that race wrapped up on Sunday. Whereas the Men’s facet of the area began on Sunday with a standalone crit match. In earlier years they have got had some component of day overlap, however beginning final 12 months they begun to split them slightly extra in order that they run one after some other. There are professionals and cons to each methods of path.

I had a possibility prior to the Sunday night ladies’s crit level to do a snappy run-through of all the workforce’s motorcycles as they ready for the level get started. It used to be a whirlwind have a look at the groups, since in contrast to the males they don’t have a devoted staging/mechanics house in the TDU Village (which makes it simple to get detailed stock of their equipment).

The subsequent factor to notice is that in contrast to the males’s TDU race, the ladies’s race in fact isn’t the similar ‘level’. Meaning, the Men’s race is a UCI GlobalTour match (the absolute best categorization in professional biking). Whereas the ladies’s TDU race is one stage decrease at the newly pressured UCI ProSequence classification. Certainly, maximum of the most sensible ladies’s GlobalTour groups display up for the Tour Down Under, given the large media publicity. But that does imply that different components like race group give a boost to requirements, prize cash, and so forth aren’t all essentially equivalent. However, in the case of the TDU particularly, the prize cash has been equalized for each women and men as of 2018 (one thing I think you’ll see happen an increasing number of going ahead).

The Power Meters:


Now, similar to the males – sponsorships pressure energy meter and different equipment tech selection. Well, they only with regards to the whole lot. For instance, Shimano sponsors two ladies’s GlobalTour groups this 12 months (Mitchelton-Scott & Team Sunweb), thus, the ones groups will use Shimano’s R9100P energy meter that’s built-in into the DuraAce crankset. Shimano additionally sponsors the males’s facet of the area for the ones two groups as smartly. The similar thought applies for SRAM’s workforce sponsorships on the ladies’s facet, corresponding to workforce Canyon-SRAM, which can be the usage of SRAM’s AXS energy meters. Keep in thoughts once more that now not a majority of these groups are UCI GlobalTour groups, so the ones that lack energy meters are in some circumstances additionally now not UCI GlobalTour groups however decrease stage groups at this match.

There’s additionally most probably a case or two right here the place a unmarried rider might not be indicative of the complete workforce’s energy meter selection. In reality, I notice one or two of those the place I noticed them. It’s much less of a scenario in 2019/2020 the place maximum groups have their energy meters lined by way of sponsors, however it will possibly nonetheless occur. Due to the demanding situations of inventorying the ladies’s box (now not getting access to see all motorcycles from a given workforce at the similar time), it’s believable that occurs right here.

In any case, right here’s the run-down of energy meters of the ladies’s box:

Agolico BMC: Stages left-only
Ale BTC Ljubljana: No energy meters
Astana Women’s Team: No energy meters
BePink: No energy meters
Canyon-SRAM: SRAM RED AXS (Quarq)
FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope: Shimano R9100P
Mitchelton-SCOTT: 4iiii Precision Pro (Dual) & SRM*
Rally Cycling: SRAM FORCE AXS (Quarq)
Specialized Women’s Racing: No obvious energy meters
Team Sunweb: Shimano R9100P (on maximum motorcycles, some no energy in any respect)
Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank: 4iiii Precision Pro (Dual)
Team UniSA-Australia: Mixed [Composite team]Trek-Segafredo: SRAM RED AXS (Quarq)
Vantage New Zealand National Team: Mixed [Composite team]

*So, this one is a humorous one. Mitchelton-Scott is one of two UCI GlobalTour ladies’s groups subsidized by way of Shimano, but, on all the motorcycles I noticed there have been solely SRM & 4iiii energy meters. This would possibly simply be a case of now not slightly having the equipment 12 months this early in the season. Which continuously occurs. Still, notable.

Also, I used to be stunned to look that the Specialized Women’s workforce didn’t have energy meters on a minimum of 3 motorcycles (with riders) that I noticed. Perhaps others did have them, however that used to be notable in my thoughts.  Also Note that each the New Zealand and UniSA groups are composite groups for the function of the Tour Down Under, and thus didn’t have any team-wide apparatus sponsorships for energy meters.

Here’s a snappy gallery of all of them:

And right here’s the break-out by way of logo:


Canyon-SRAM: SRAM RED AXS (Quarq)
Rally Cycling: SRAM FORCE AXS (Quarq)
Trek-Segafredo: SRAM RED AXS (Quarq)


FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope: Shimano R9100P
Team Sunweb: Shimano R9100P


Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank: 4iiii Precision Pro (Dual)
Mitchelton-SCOTT: 4iiii Precision Pro (Dual) & SRM (intended to be Shimano R9100P)


Mitchelton-SCOTT: 4iiii Precision Pro (Dual) & SRM (intended to be Shimano R9100P)


Agolico BMC: Stages left-only

Got all that? Good. Note that I may have put the Mitchelton-Scott workforce in like 3 classes (since formally they had been intended to be Shimano). But I determined to head with what they in fact had, as opposed to what they had been intended to have.

Mounts & Bike Computer Bits:


As all the time, I in finding mounts attention-grabbing. Here’s the run-down of what firms had been the usage of. By and big, with the Wahoo BOLT groups, and one SIGMA Team (Sunweb), nearly everybody else used to be on some selection of Garmin’s. It ranged from Edge 520’s to Edge 530 and 830 gadgets, even a pair Edge 1030’s on Rally. Given the timing it used to be tremendous tricky to take a correct stock of head gadgets.

That’s as a result of similar to the males, the ladies don’t have a tendency to place their motorbike computer systems on their handlebars till the second they bounce on the motorbike. So the period of time to catch this is tremendous slender. In any case, right here’s the mounts, together with a couple of different notes in there.

Agolico BMC: Looked like Bontrager mount with Garmin Edge 520/820 gadgets
Ale BTC Ljubljana: Wahoo BOLT inventory mount
Canyon-SRAM: Integrated aero bar out-front mount (Canyon)
FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope: Blend of Garmin & Wahoo gadgets/mounts
Mitchelton-SCOTT: Okay-Edge Splayed Race Mount
Rally Cycling: Garmin out-front inventory mount
Specialized Women’s Racing: Wahoo BOLT inventory mount
Team Sunweb: Okay-Edge Splayed Race Mount with SIGMA ROX 12’s
Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank: Garmin out-front inventory mount (with Edge 530)
Trek-Segafredo: Bontrager mount

Here’s a random gallery of some mounts. Not all of them, however a couple of that had been profitable noting:

As famous the distinctive one right here used to be Team Sunweb which is subsidized by way of Sigma for his or her SIGMA ROX 12. In reality, previous this morning (a couple of days after the race), I used to be mountaineering up in the hills with Team Sunweb for a host of kilometers. You can obviously see their kitted-out ROX 12’s with the particular purple face plates. Also, whilst just about not possible to look, is the Shimano R9100P energy meters.


Good stuff, and actually just right to look ladies’s groups getting now not simply energy meter sponsorships, but in addition head unit completeness too.



Now you might take into accout the males’s publish an afternoon or so in the past, and in that I famous that the professional peloton hasn’t ever been on as erroneous a bunch of energy meters as the UCI GlobalTour groups for 2020 are. However, with the ladies, they’re in fact on a significantly better bunch of gadgets (%-wise anyway). So whats up – that’s certain!

What’s additionally certain is seeing as a lot standardization as we did this 12 months. If we rewind to only some years in the past right here at the Tour Down Under, actually solely 2-Three groups had a regular energy meter throughout the board, let on my own such things as usual head gadgets and motorbike pc mounts. This is excellent growth ahead.

With that – thank you for studying, and keep tuned for extra sports activities tech goodness right here from the Tour Down Under!

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