Cervélo Cycles is born
A top-ranked Italian pro cyclist asks Gérard Vroomen to design the fastest time-trial bike in the world. Having worked on bicycles and human-powered vehicles since 1986, Gérard and fellow Cervélo founder Phil White take up the challenge. They evaluate the competition and set an uncompromising design goal: To create a bicycle that’s unbeatably aerodynamic, yet sacrifices nothing in weight or stiffness. The result, a radical carbon monocoque dubbed the Barrachi, pushes the rules on almost every level and tests extremely well. Athletes in both road racing and triathlon show interest in Phil and Gérard's work, but sponsors are unwilling to support it. The designs are overhauled for practicality and adapted to aluminum.