Chris Froome could end his career soon and it seems that this fact was crucial for Froome to invest in the American company Hammerhead, which makes the Karoo 2 cycling computer "I recognise I'm in the latter part of my career," the four-time Tour de France winner explained, as quoted by cyclingnews "I've always said that I'd love to be involved in cycling, even beyond my career.
"It's super interesting for me to be involved in quarterly board meetings and just to understand more about the ins and outs of how a company like Hammerhead works." "I've spent my career riding a bike and it's quite cool to see what happens behind the scenes of a company like Hammerhead"
Froome has been riding these bikes for a year now and it seems that one of the motives for his collaboration was his friendship with the company's founder: Pieter Morgan, with whom he attended college. "The Hammerhead Karoo 2 computer has been vital in getting me back to full fitness," he explained, before giving an example of how the computer has helped.
"Knowing that my right leg was the weaker side, I'd go out and do intervals, specifically to force myself to use the right leg more than the left. The right leg has to work to at least 70 or 75% of the work, giving a free ride to the dominant leg."
At Froome's initiative, they decided to implement a left-right balance, which helped him a lot. "Obviously if I wasn't able to have that left-right balance in real-time, that kind of effort would just be guesswork.
So I'm super thankful to the guys over at Hammerhead for rolling that out already in January, that was a huge help for me"
Condition after accident
Froome feels better after the accident "I can say now that I'm within a measurement error of half a per cent of where I was pre-crash in terms of left-right [balance].
"On the longer stuff I'm back to where I need to be, so the hour-long efforts I'm definitely where I need to be in terms of the fitness that's needed." "Where I'm still a bit behind is the more explosive stuff, the really high end, which comes from a lack of racing.
So sprinting out of corners, accelerations in the bunch, that's where I'm still battling quite a bit at the moment. "We're doing a lot of high intensity here in Tenerife at the moment, so hopefully that will help to put me a bit closer to where I need to be in the coming months."
It is still unknown whether his team (Israel Start-Up Nation) will extend the contract with the company "We haven't actually had conversations beyond this year yet, but I'm sure it will," explained Head of Marketing for Hammerhead, Ross McGraw.