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Le Tour c’est arrivée – Cycling and AM

29 June 2017 ...

What burns 123,900 calories, climbs more than 60km and travels through 4 different countries?

The answer … a rider in this year’s Tour de France which starts on Saturday.

The world famous race starts in the German city of Düsseldorf on the 1st July, and then travels through Belgium and Luxembourg before it enters France to ride down Paris’ Champs-Élysées on the 23rd July.

The Tour de France is the world’s most arduous and famous cycle race, each team of 9 riders works with a support crew consisting of 4 coaches, 4 mechanics, 2 hospitality staff and a hospitality manager, 5 carers, 1 Director of cycling, 1 team doctor, 1 chef, 1 comms manager and 1 osteopath. The team will gel together to create one of the most amazing spectacles in sports today.

Additive Manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing,  is becoming a key part in the manufacture of bicycles. 3D printing not only supports manufacturers while they are prototyping their machines but also helps them to reduce unit weight of each bike through the manufacture of everything from frames to joint lugs, mounts, cranks, pedals, hubs, race stems and a myriad of other products. In each case the aim is to reduce weight and increase the parts’ mechanical strength, which will give the rider the edge over his competition.

3T RPD has been working in the cycling industry for many years producing 3D printed bike parts, of course, a number of our staff are keen cyclists so understand how AM can improve a cycle team’s chances.

You can see some of the case studies of work that we have already undertaken in the cycling market here:

Lightweight Bike Stem using metal AM

Plastic AM cycles into the future

AM produces bespoke Garmin mounts

So before we say Allez! Allez! to our favourite teams we have also produced a video infographic which shows where AM production adds value to any cycling team.


If you are a Tour de France cycle team or have an engineering project that you would like to talk to us about, please click here to contact us.

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