POC Reveals Cerebel Aero Road Cycling Helmet
Swedish company POC has revealed a new aero road helmet, which will be used by Team Garmin-Sharp in this year's Giro d'Italia, which starts later today.
According to POC, the new POC Cerebel helmet has been developed using the competences of POC's internal product team in collaboration with the Garmin-Sharp professional road cycling team, Volvo Car Group and WATTS Lab. The helmet will be revealed at the team time trial stage of the Giro d’Italia 2014 on May 9 in Belfast.
WATTS Lab is a highly specialized laboratory department whose objective is to optimize performance and aerodynamics in POC products, which will allow the cyclist to go faster while using less energy. WATTS Lab brings together knowledge and experience from aerodynamic specialists and experts in computational fluid dynamics.
Commenting on the new helmet POC CEO and founder Stefan Ytterborn told Roadcycling.com "Introducing the Cerebel helmet is about completing our range of road helmets, each developed for a specific purpose. All our four helmets - the Octal, Octal Aero, Cerebel and Tempor - are extremely fast in their respective category, so it is a matter of priorities, conditions, the parcours and personal riding style. What it all comes down to is saving watts and seconds."
To build a deeper understanding of how to improve aerodynamic efficiency, POC has performed CFD simulations and extensive wind tunnel testing together with Volvo Car Group and Garmin-Sharp riders, including Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner Dan Martin, Jack Bauer and Andrew Talansky.
POC has used knowledge and technology it has gained from developing ski and mountain bike helmets in the development of its new road cycling helmets.
According to a POC spokesman, the POC Cerebel aero helmet will be presented at the Interbike and Eurobike trade shows this fall and will be available to consumers as part of POC's upcoming road helmet range in the spring of 2015.