Sagan and Bora to race with Wahoo Elemnt Bolt computers

Wahoo signs BORA-hansgrohe for 2018

Next season, world road champion Peter Sagan and his Bora-hansgrohe teammates will be racing with Wahoo Elemnt Bolt computers on their handlebars. The sponsorship is a major breakthrough for Wahoo, the US company best known for its Kickr smart trainers.

While Wahoo Kickrs are no stranger to the ranks of elite road professionals, the Wahoo Elemnt Bolt GPS computer has not yet been used in the WorldTour peloton, where Garmin Edge and SRM PC8 head units are the norm. Although, we did spot an Elemnt Bolt recently on Marcel Kittel's 2018 Katusha-Alpecin Canyon Aeroad

Bora-hansgrohe will also use Wahoo's Tickr heart-rate straps, which work on both ANT+ and Bluetooth.

Wahoo has almost guaranteed itself more photos like this in 2018 - but with an Elemnt Bolt computer on Sagan's bars
Wahoo has almost guaranteed itself more photos like this in 2018 - but with an Elemnt Bolt computer on Sagan's bars

The Bolt is the slimmed-down version of the original Elemnt GPS computer, which is configured via a rider's smartphone. Wahoo designed the Bolt and its mount with aerodynamics in mind - a first for bike computers. 

“It’s been a dream of mine to have a World Tour-caliber team racing with Wahoo devices, measuring and planning their stage-winning efforts,” said Chip Hawkins, CEO of Wahoo Fitness. “It was with this goal in mind that we worked with industry leaders in aerodynamics to design the BOLT – with the sole intent of reducing drag and saving watts to help the fastest teams in the world like BORA-hansgrohe go even faster.” 

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
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