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Downhill racing idea is tops

Chris Holloway, 21, who graduates from Brunel University this summer, has won the Xerox Innovation Award for designing a safer system for gear changing downhill, a well-known problem among cyclists.

“My design is something that has come about from my personal experience in downhill racing, both as a rider and a spectator,“ explained Chris, of Sandyhurst Lane, Ashford, Kent.

The University has patented the invention, which has just been exhibited at the New Designers student showcase in the Business Design Centre, in Islington, North London, [July 8-11].

Chris's 'LINK' Gear System is an expanding chain ring gear system which would replace the old chain-and-sprocket system.

“While every other part of the modern mountain bike has changed to meet the modern demands of downhill racing, the gear system has barely changed for over 100 years,“ he added. “For the pinnacle of the sport, it is clear that a better alternative must be found.“

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