JIM MEYER’S LAT­EST CHAL­LENGE

DATA QUOLLECTION

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - FEATURES - BY KEVIN MACK­IN­NON

THE GUY HAD al­ways loved to tin­ker. Grow­ing up, Jim Meyer worked in a bike shop. He was part of a so­lar race car team in col­lege, then did grad­u­ate school in me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing at MIT. In 2006 he moved to Aus­tralia with his wife, Meike, while she went to school. He was go­ing to take some time off to train while she stud­ied. By that time he’d rep­re­sented the U.S. at both the short- and long-course ITU world cham­pi­onships. He’d fin­ished three Iron­man races, in­clud­ing the big show in Kona. A few months into his train­ing so­journ, his SRM power me­ter broke. There wasn’t enough money kick­ing around for him to buy a new one, so he was re­signed to hav­ing to fix it him­self. As he pulled it apart he be­gan to re­al­ize that he could de­sign his own power me­ter.

Thus Quarq was born. He and Meike would even­tu­ally start their own com­pany, which they sold to SRAM in 2011. The first Quarq power me­ter, the Cinqo, was a game changer in the in­dus­try – you could re­place the bat­tery with­out any tools and it was one of the first power me­ters to be ANT+ com­pat­i­ble. The story goes that the day they signed the pa­pers sell­ing the com­pany to SRAM, Meyer wowed the new own­ers with a brand new power me­ter that would even­tu­ally be­come the com­pany’s top-of-the-line model – once again chang­ing the scope of the in­dus­try with a model that was lighter and pro­vided left and right power data.

Make no mis­take: Jim Meyer is con­stantly tin­ker­ing and com­ing up with new ideas. Meyer found him­self in a po­si­tion where he’d pretty much di­aled in power mea­sure­ment. Next up in his con­stant search for in­no­va­tion: Quarq Race In­tel­li­gence, “an in­te­grated hard­ware and soft­ware sys­tem that cap­tures and in­ter­prets race per­for­mance and state-of­play in­for­ma­tion – and de­liv­ers that data in real time to spec­ta­tors, com­men­ta­tors, race of­fi­cials, third-party anal­y­sis soft­ware and vi­su­al­iza­tion tools.”

Put sim­ply, Quarq Race In­tel­li­gence pairs a data col­lec­tor (which, of course, is called a “Quol­lec­tor”) that can upload GPS, heart rate, power and other in­for­ma­tion in real time to a web ser­vice so spec­ta­tors, fans and com­men­ta­tors can keep track of all kinds of in­for­ma­tion. Meyer has been test­ing the Quol­lec­tor with pros and select age group ath­letes for the last few years. (He set my wife, Sharon Mack­in­non, up with one when she raced in Kona in 2014 – giv­ing the Mack­in­nons a first look at the tech­nol­ogy and al­low­ing us to keep track of

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