Cannondale’s Ryan Mullen unveils new tech at Tirreno-Adriatico

Posted on: March 8th, 2017

Cannondale’s Ryan Mullen unveils new tech at Tirreno-Adriatico

  • Irish rider among the first to embrace Velon’s new live data package
  • Also unveiled his new TT bike with special TT disc brakes

Cannondale's Ryan Mullen unveils new technology at Tirreno-Adriatico

Just one of the specialist new items Ryan Mullen unveiled on the opening stage of Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy; the magic box that makes Velon’s new rider live data possible.


Ryan Mullen is a man with a refreshing approach to embracing technology and transparency, as his frequent sharing of his race data attests to.

And today in the team time trial that began the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race in Italy, he had a several new toys to place with.

He was selected to be a featured rider as Velon rolls out is new live data. Fans can monitor in real time the effort riders are putting in on the open road.

And Mullen also shared the shot, below, of his new TT bike with a special item; TT disc brakes.

Mullen rode the new Cannondale Super Slice TT bikes with cable-actuated TRP Spyre SLC calipers with flat mounts

The team used a new prototype rear disc wheel and on the front a CXR Ultimate disc brake enabled wheel.

It didn’t do them too much good as they were 16th on the day. They were 1:18 down in BMC Racing’s winning time of 23:20 for the 22.7km race.


New deal lasting for two years

On the data front, today’s stage represented the first outing of a new deal between Velon and RCS Sport.

RCS owns Tirreno-Adriatico and other major Italian races including the Giro d’Italia and Milan San Remo.

The rider data tracking system will show position, speed, power, heart rate, cadence and acceleration.

It will transmit data from a number of different riders in each RCS Sport race.

The deal runs for two years and you can download the app to track the featured riders during races.

“All the additional insight for fans aside, I like the transparency,” said Mullen.

“It’s important to give the fans of this sport an inside view. It allows them to see for themselves exactly what’s happening beyond the pictures they can see.

“I see new technology as an important step forward. I would compare this to what’s been happening in Formula 1 for years.

“Velon has pushed the sport to adapt and it’s good for fans that teams are embracing it.”