Garmin is sponsoring Team Slipstream, providing riders with the Edge 705, the newest GPS-enabled cycling computer. Slipstream’s support vehicles will use Garmin’s nüvi 770, which combines compact functionality with comprehensive preloaded maps of North America and Europe.
“Garmin is thrilled to be joining forces with Slipstream, a team that exemplifies sportsmanship and integrity in this new era of competitive cycling,” said Jon Cassat, Garmin’s vice president of communications.
According to Garmin, Slipstream cyclists can display their customizable data fields on large 2.2-inch color screens. The Edge 705’s barometric altimeter makes it easier for cyclists to match their altitude profile with their speed, cadence and heart rate during post-ride analysis. And when paired with a third party’s ANT+Sport-enabled device, the Edge 705 measures power – torque and cadence for each leg at the pedals – which is often cited as a true indicator of an efficient ride.
“Technology plays a key role in our training, traveling and communicating as a team.” said Jonathan Vaughters, CEO/President, Slipstream. “Garmin is the perfect fit for our team’s needs, and we are very excited to work with them this season.”
The Edge 705 features power compatibility wireless unit-to-unit connectivity and the ability to monitor GPS position, heart rate, speed, cadence, altitude and gradient on the same display. Slipstream teammates will be able to share their information – including saved rides, waypoints and workouts – with each other through ANT+Sport™ wireless technology.
Slipstream cyclists and coaches can analyze their performance long after the ride ends by turning to Garmin Connect™ — Garmin’s new and enhanced online training site at connect.garmin.com — where they can track their progress, share workouts and participate in an online community. Garmin Connect calculates measurements such as time, distance, speed, elevation and heart rate.
This information is displayed through charts, illustrations, reports and a variety of map representations including street, photo, topographic, and elevation maps as well as the popular Google Earth application. Team Slipstream can replay its workouts and watch as cyclists move along a mapped route that coincides with selected data fields and the statistics at any given point.