Dealing with drag
GPS specialist Garmin has acquired Alphamantis Technologies, a designer of aerodynamics testing and measurement gear for the cycling market. Alphamantis tech enables everyday cyclists to test and refine their drag coefficients in everyday riding conditions, giving them access wind-tunnel-testing-type solutions.
“Aerodynamics is another way for cyclists to measure and improve their performance – something our customers crave,” says Garmin.
Earlier this year, sports-orientated Garmin announce a range of new apps, data fields and watch faces on its Connect IQ Store from partners including GU Energy Labs. Uber, Trek and nuun Active Hydration. The tie-up with GU Energy Labs will support cyclist nutrition with a data field informing them when to take on GU Energy Gels to boost performance.
Alphamantis could prove a cool catch for Garmin. Not only does it up its bike power, it also brings in significant cachet as the company the exclusive provider of aerodynamics testing to Team Sky for the current Tour de France.