Team Garmin meets Team Garmin


Team director and founder, Jonathan Vaughters, discussed how Garmin’s sponsorship of the team aided his own quest for “perfection in the process.”  “We wanted to do everything we could, legally, to be faster. Professional cycling is a race. It’s a game. It should be fun. But the real work is in the preparation that goes into each race. We want to make sure we are the most prepared. Garmin is a sponsor that can bring an advantage to our program.” Team president Matt Johnson further clarified the perfect marriage of talent and technology when Garmin signed on as title sponsor. “In professional cycling, there are no other brands where the title sponsor’s product or technology is used on the bikes. With Garmin, we have your Edge technology on every bike.” 

Matt went on to explain how the team worked with engineers at Garmin to perfect the data the riders could get from the Edge 705 during the Tour. When the team wanted course files for all stages, along with course points, the request went directly to our software engineers, who worked up until days before the tour kicked off in Brest, France. In fact, when some of the stage routes changed, our engineers scrambled to get new course files to the team in time to load to their units.

The Q&A session included serious questions from engineers wanting to know how they could improve the technology plus some lighter anecdotes. Q: “How does your body respond to the demands of a grand tour?” A: (from Danny Pate, who raced his first two grand tours, Italy and France, this summer) “The first 10 days, you get more tired each day. It’s cumulative. Then you feel like you can’t do it anymore. And then it just doesn’t change until the end.”

These guys are machines. And as they sat before the crowd with a certain restlessness coupled with school-boy politeness, one thing was clear. Team Garmin is ready to take on the best of the Midwest … and win. Stay tuned next week as Jake and Peg follow Team Garmin racing through our own backyard.

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