22 December 2015
22 December 2015
JEC Group and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) have finished two days of conferences and business networking on the use of composite materials in racing bicycles and on applying technology transfer to the design of consumer bicycles.
“Our first collaboration with SPE came up with a programme of great quality that spans the entire value chain, with top level lecturers from Europe, Asia and Americas,” said JEC Group Secretary General, Daniel Ageda, adding that “the 35 international lecturers and 170 participants from 25 countries included experts from the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Corima, Cervelo, KTM Technologies, Oxeon AB (TeXtreme), LOOK, BCOMP, All Head Composites, Time Sport International, e-Xstream, BikeLabs International, Altair, Rolo Bikes, and Progressiv Engineering.”
According to JEC, the first day was devoted to the latest design and innovation trends for new racing bicycles, with a focus on materials and manufacturing processes for high-performance bicycle frames and various components. On the second day, topics on safety and performance optimisation were discussed, including a number of innovations to improve riding comfort through better wheel performance.
JEC explains that Cycling Science Magasine Journalist, Max Glaskin, co-ordinated these exchanges along with the panel discussion, which featured guest Jurgen Van de Walle, a professional racing cyclist from 1999 to 2013 who competed in the Tour de France (4 times), Giro d’Italia (3 times) First Cyclitech in Brussels and Vuelta a España (twice) bike tours. Panel members also included Rolo Bikes CEO and cofounder Adam Wais, UCI Technical Manager Mark Barfield, and Cervelo Co-founder Phil White.
JEC added, in view of the conference’s success and the enthusiasm of the media and the participants, Daniel Ageda and SPE CEO Willem De Vos have already announced a second session of Cyclitech in 2016, to be held in California’s San Francisco area. The UCI also confirmed that it would participate.
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