Canada-based Cervélo was founded in 1995 by Gerard Vroomen and Phil White in a chance meeting between the two engineers at McGill University. Inspired by Chris Boardman and the Lotus bike and Greg LeMond’s then radical TT bar setup, they were interested in applying aero knowledge to bike design. Carbon !ibre was also important. Their !irst ‘professional’ project was making the fastest bike possible for Gianni Bugno. The Barrachi was radical for the time, yet while Bugno loved it his team sponsors didn’t, as the best bikes then were made of Italian steel. They arguably invented the !irst aero road bike with the Cervélo S1, and turned lightweight frame design on its head with the radical R2. Along with the P"Series TT/tri bikes and the T"Series track bikes, Cervélo continue to push boundaries. Vroomen left the company in 2011 to found Open cycles and more recently join up with 3T. Cervélo is now owned by PON holdings with White still steering the ship. PON is a Dutch company whose stable also includes Focus, Raleigh and Santa Cruz.