Great Britain's Cycling Team BMX squad is gettin ready for next year's Olympics by adding drone technology to its bikes.
The goal for the team is to give its bikes the ability to ride milliseconds faster by fitting miniature infrared lamps made by defence company BAE systems. Sensors are also placed on the track's sides so that the team can monitor the bikes.
These sensors then send collected data to an app that then helps the cyclist figure out how to fly faster.
"In an elite sport such as BMX, riders are travelling around 40kph and spending more than 40 percent of the race in the air. Every milliseconds counts and one imperfection for your form can put you at a disadvantage," Liam Phillips, a British BMX rider, told The Telegraph. "This new technology from BAE Systems will revolutionise the way we train, allowing us to analyse our techniques with a new-found precision and helping us shave off those valuable fractions of a second."
"BMX is not really at the vanguard of this kind of stuff - it's usually seen as a cool kids activity, but it's been included in the Olympic Games since 2008 and that has upped the ante," Richard Moore, a former racing cyclist turned journalist for the sport, told BBC News. "Sports like that are there to be exploited in terms of finding performance analysis gains. Most countries are not putting a lot of emphasis on BMXing, and I'd be shocked if any other place in the world was treating it with the same kind of seriousness."
The 2016 Summer Olympic Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.