The revolutionary Lotus pursuit bike that helped Chris Boardman to Olympic Gold and kick-started the British cycling success story will be given a starring role at this August’s Lotus Festival at Brands Hatch.
Applying an attention to detail that has innovated car design over the last 60 years, Lotus realised that not only was light weight an important component to track success, but that the aerodynamic profile needed to be addressed. The result was a carbon fibre bike that forced the rider to assume a position that minimised drag. The distinctive design allowed Boardman to pulverise the opposition in Barcelona 20 years ago and he later set the world hour record.
Cycling rules were later tweaked to neutralise the advantage of technology but the genie was out of the bottle. Boardman’s Olympic success spurred him onto future achievements, including the coveted yellow jersey in the Tour de France, the first British success in the race for some years. 2008’s Olympic Gold medal haul and Bradley Wiggins’ historic Tour victory are the highlights of a wave of momentum started in 1992.
The rarely seen Type 108 cycle even spawned a road version, numbered 110. Just a few days after the closing ceremony of the London Olympics and weeks before Brands Hatch hosts the Paralympic Road Cycling events, the Gold-winning original is sure to be a popular attraction at the festival.