WHO ARE WE
Around 2010, three heads, full of frustrations about the lack of objective analysis tools for bike fitting and ideas how to fill this gap, came together. Raymond Vanstraelen, founder and CEO of Bioracer was doing bike fittings for over 30 years. Being one of the most experienced bike fitters in the world, he mainly used his trained eye to conduct his bike fittings. He helped over 10.000 professional and amateur cyclists to improve their biomechanical and aerodynamic position on the bike. Next to adaptation on the bike he also made customized heat-molded insoles to improve the rider's stability and symmetry during cycling. Although he was convinced his interventions were going to improve the efficiency of the rider (which was also confirmed by the results of the riders), he often got frustrated that he couldn't give the riders any objective data to proof his bike fitting concepts.
At that point he got in touch with Dr. Pieter Mertens, a general and sports doctor and former Pro World Tour rider. Although he could look back on a successful cycling career, during his time in the peloton he struggled to optimize his cycling position. Just as Raymond, he was disappointed by the lack of scientific bike fitting knowledge. Sharing those thoughts and frustrations, very soon they started brainstorming on how their complementary experience and knowledge could merge to find a solution for this problem.
Both being passionate as they are, the brainstorming quickly became more serious. They realized that the solution to their problem would involve 3D movement analysis and Jeroen Dierckx, a software engineer specialized in motion capturing, was involved in their ambitious project.
Not willing to compromise on the quality of the product, they did not leave one stone unturned, which was often accompanied with heavy discussions, disappointments and facing new obstacles with every step forward in the process. Nevertheless, their hard effort and determination paid off and together they developed a 3D motion capturing system for bike fitting using ultra-accurate high-speed cameras and wireless active markers. The system measures both sides of the rider simultaneously.
During those first years, Sven Van Den Houte, a former pro rider, joined the team as bike fitter. His main task is in-depth testing of the system, in order to provide feedback to the developers to turn the system into a functional, user-friendly platform for every expert bike fitter.
Mid 2017 we decided to take in Jon Wiggins to boost our sales and support. As a 3* olympic trainer, sports scientist and author of "In Pursuit of A Powerful Performance" he is a great addition to our passionate team.
The latest addition to the team is Jarich Braeckevelt, who has to take a scientific approach to the data we gather. As an engineer/data scientist, he obtained a PhD funding from VLAIO to increase our research budget. Constructing testing scenarios is one of his tasks but the main goal is to take a data-driven approach to bikefitting by using novel machine learning techniques.