How! This crazy 4 km quantum jump in Berlin!

Clock time and achievements took an incredible quantum leap for the Danish 4km team at the World Championships in Berlin. Clocking amazing 3.44,672 and winning the World Championships, over 3 seconds faster than the previous world record and 5 seconds faster than New Zealand who took the silver medals!

Argon 18 Nordic was present and tries to provide some insight with statements from key people around the Danish national team.

Also in light of the fact that this particular World Championships – in an Olympic year – has been a true arms race on frame and equipment. Especially Argon 18’s AUS frame and England’s LOTUS project has made great headlines.

The results are now written in the history books, as the completely almost unreal truth. 

Below some of the details behind the results. 

The world champions in Team Pursuit: Lasse Norman, Julius Johansen, Frederik Rodenberg and Rasmus Lund.

Perfection in all Parametres

World class rider material and ditto analysis team. But how? 

A unique and adaptable rider material that responds perfectly to the analyzes the extended Danish tech team concluded. That simple, as Head Coach, Casper Jørgensen, also states further down.

Denmark has simply transformed the 4 km team pursuit discipline into some very basic parameters: the lenght of the pulls and the gearing on the bikes. This also means that Argon 18’s AUS framework, for example, is so specifically developed for AUS riding strategy. And thus the savings in CDA (aerodynamic drag) also applies subjectively.

We think it just brings even more fascination into the discipline.

We are pleased to note that Argon 18 is one of the the leaders in the field. Whether it is the new Argon 18 x AUS frame that will certainly get faster over time.

Or the original RIO framework, developed by the Danish team, which recently has set unbelievable 3 world records in a row: Argon 18 proves once again that their development take big part in the medal race.
Because, data eventually plays a big role in the history books, but NOTHING beats the man and woman of the right cast. And a brilliant staff, with the perfect preparations.

Here we bring statements from the team about some of these vital factors. Later we will follow up with more deeper details on the Argon 18 Nordic channel.

Casper Jørgensen, Head Coach

“We have adjusted on significant points and the way we prepare the team. We take longer pulls now, and ride with a significantly higher gearing. And it fits our physique really well, so we’ve hit a noticeable difference in time.”

“We have looked at the position we have on the bike a lot and a little differently. How the rider himself is positioned, making sure he is even more aerodynamic. We have also picked up a lot there.”

“Shortly, you can say that the expansion of the analysis team since 2012 – together with riders who are just continuing to strengthen – enables us to take this quantum leap in Berlin. And I just can’t frame the riders enough and especially their willingness and ability to rely on the analysis, go out and train significantly differently for it and go all in for this one joint team strategy. It just gives winners and (gold)medals.”

Casper Jørgensen, Head Coach of Denmark

The perfect race

“The race we ride in the World Championship final was optimal with the rider’s current form. Ahead of the Olympics, there are still things we can optimize. I also think we can go even faster in Tokyo! In our consciousness, this was ‘just’ a World Championship step on the road to Tokyo.”

“So, yes, we need to improve and pull more things up the hat. And I believe we can too. Both specific things we already know now and besides we now also have this much important data input here from Berlin. “

A smiling Casper Jørgensen said Friday night at a hotel in Berlin

Knowledge and Devices

When talking about the extended analysis team, it is clear behind the scenes that many of the staffs have a lap-top in front of them the most of the time during the World’s. Always on to the next even wiser conclusion and small tweaks for seconds.

The team counts Andreas Top Adler, Performance Analyst in Team Denmark and Casper Folsach with his insightful ability to analyze CDA and watts – as former rider on the team. In addition, the team also includes Dan Bingham, UK, who in supplements to his knowledge, brings an interesting new analysis device: NOTIO.

Read more about the NOTIO here.

Notio has been used by e.g Martin Toft Madsen in preparations for his World Hour Record attempts and by several of the country’s world stars, to improve especially their TT position outside – at real pace and environment: on the road.

Notio is a small device, that is mounted on the handlebars. It correlates data for live testing and subsequent in-depth analysis.

Casper Folsach on NOTIO

“We have used NOTIO in combination with the aero-setup, which we have used for several years. To validate precisely those results, we have added NOTIO as the unit of measurement.”

“A new layer of precision. In the past, we simply relied on the method we used when we could see that it produced results in practice on the track. It’s always good to have multiple data points instead of just leaning on one set of results. This means that over time we can run some fewer tests and not constantly have to go back and test the base line (standard setup) with many repetitions. “

Casper Folsach, former rider and Performance Consultant & Technical Assistant

“The performance in the final is a combination of a lot of things. The riders on the bikes are of course always most important, but since none of our riders can produce the same watts as Filippo Ganna solo in 4 minutes, it should be seen as a larger equation consisting of the frame, wheels, handlebars and all other equipment… And here it is important to point out: Our! team and riders. Since it is becoming more and more individual from each nation and thus from equipment to equipment.”

As in the case of Argon 18’s AUS frame and our own developed” frame. Listen to Andreas Top Adlers interview here (in Danish).

The new Argon 18 AUS Electron Pro.

Denmark's Argon 18 Electron Pro

The Danish Track team is racing the Argon 18 Electron Pro, which the developed together with Argon 18 leading up to the Olympic Games in Rio 2016.
Rasmus Lund's Argon 18 Electron Pro in race setup before the final in Berlin.

Denmark's Argon 18 Electron Pro

GCN Tech look into the kit used by the Danish team pursuit squad to demolish the world record.