Three-year project to create new flagship bike

Boardman Bikes has released a video sneak peek of its new flagship bike, the Boardman Elite Series AiR/TTE time trial and triathlon machine.

The AiR/TTE is the result of three years’ work by Chris Boardman and his ‘skunk works’ >B56 special projects team.

Chris Boardman said: “For our R&D team this has been an all-encompassing and all-consuming project driven by obsessive passion.

“It’s taken over 36 months of hard work, expert design, testing, refining, and re-testing to deliver this high performance TT machine the result of which has been designed for out-and-out, superfast performance - for TT’s and triathlon.”

The bike will be formally launched at this year's Ironman World Championships in Kona on Wednesday October 9. Meantime, see what details you can spot in this clip:

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.