Chris Boardman was not just a great cyclist (and one of the greatest time triallist ever) he is also keenly involved in developing bike technology and pushing the boundaries of what was possible to do with a road bike .Throughout his rise from humble beginnings to legendary status Chris not only pushed his body to its limits but through his restless curiosity, pursuit of perfection and cutting edge technology also the machines and products he was using.
An excellent example of this was the Lotus Bike, which helped propel Chris to Olympic Gold in Barcelona 1994. At the time it was a revolutionary design, using a single carbon monocoque frame. It even had only one fork to make it more aerodynamic. The UCI later banned this kind of bike; but, Chris retained an interest in developing bike technology within the framework of UCI regulations. Chris currently has a consultancy job with British Cycling where he looks at ways to gain even the smallest of technological advantages. Chris extensively looks at aerodynamics from outside the cycling, for example the airline industry. It is this ‘thinking outside the box’ which helps find the smallest improvements.
Nothing highlights this philosophy more than the Hour Record. Before the very best of the current Professional ranks attacked the hour record, resulting in Bradley Wiggins achieving 54.526Km, Chris Boardman pushed his body and machine beyond what was considered possible and achieved an incredible 56.375km.
Following his career as a rider Chris applied his knowledge, experience and philosophy to the new generation of Olympians through his role as R&D director at British Cycling. This position led to Chris overseeing the product used by the riders competing in the 2008 Olympics and the record breaking 2012 games in London. He was also one of the main Cycling Commentators during the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Chris is in great demand at events throughout Europe with his relaxed and professional presentation style making him an ideal choice for any company event.