Rohan Dennis kicked off the Tour de France 2015 in fine style. Setting a blistering pace that no one could beat. Why in hindsight people were not talking about him more before the start seems a bit daft now (me included). Considering his World Hour record attempt earlier this year of 52.491 km, it shouldn’t have been that hard to figure he might be the man. He clocked a mind boggling speed of 55.446 km/h (34.5 mph) for the 13.8km Time Trial (TT) course which gave him the fastest time of 14 minutes and 56 seconds. I will say, I wish there was another individual TT near the end but, this was the only one planned for this year. The gear used and the played out tension of the TT stages is some of my favourite action of the Tour. Only will the fireworks on the mountain stages makes up for not enough TT action. I think starting the race with a TT was an ace move though, rather than the much shorter Prologue and Rohan will agree.
Other things that were excited about is the deal with Dimension Data to provide a huge amount of statistical data. You might have noticed the data boxes mounted beneath each riders saddle on their TT bikes? This is going to provide an insane amount of data, riders will generate 42,000 geospatial points and 75 million GPS readings, which will be processed in the company’s cloud platform across five continents consuming over 350 000 000 cpu cycles per second. Nerdy to some but seeing how this is interpreted will be interesting, we believe this is the start of something new for fans and make the race a whole lot more interesting.