Garmin Gives Athletes a Competitive Edge
Garmin International announced it has become a sponsor of the 2007 Amgen Tour of California, an internationally sanctioned professional bike race. The Tour de France-style race hosts 18 of the world’s top teams and 144 riders who will race throughout California through February 25.
As a sponsor, Garmin has supplied all race participants with an Edge 305 GPS-enabled cycle computer that will help them monitor their performance throughout the race. Garmin will also have a booth in the daily Lifestyle Festival presented by Health Net, a free race-day festival in finish cities.
The Garmin Edge is a GPS-based cycling computer and personal trainer. It provides athletes with feedback such as time, speed, distance, heart rate, cadence, altitude, grade and more. The Edge’s Virtual Partner feature allows the cyclist to keep pace with a digital person that performs at a programmed pace, duration or distance. The Edge is light-weight and waterproof. Users can customize the display to show up to eight different data fields, as well as altitude and a map view. It attaches to either the stem or handlebars of the bicycle, and is designed for easy removal at the end of a ride.