Tour de France

23 July 2012
Wow! What a few weeks it has been for British cycling.  The usual ups and downs of the Tour de France, with mountains, sprints, crashes and amazing speed, all topped off with a stage victory and an historic British winner.  Congratulations to Bradeley Wiggins and all of Team Sky.

Plastics have fulfilled some very important roles within the race from the bikes and their components, through to the clothes, sunglasses and helmets worn by the riders.  I suspect that cycling is one of very few sports which relies so heavily on this family of materials. What other sports use plastics so heavily? Please leave us a comment below with you thoughts.

This Pinarello from the MoDiP collection has a carbon fibre frame and forks.
Louise Dennis (Assistant Cuartor)