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GPS-ready RCX5 Tour de France brings Smart Coaching to your ride

28/03/2012

Kempele, Finland – 28th March, 2012 – If you are dreaming of the leader’s yellow jersey, Polar will take you closer to what your heart wants with a special edition of the GPS-ready RCX5 training computer. Its slim design, user-configurable display and personalized endurance training programs help you train like a Tour de France pro – on and off the saddle.

In order to go far in the Grand Tours, pro cyclists are always looking for that something extra to give them the edge over their rivals. This year it will be the Polar RCX5 Tour de France, the official training computer of the most recognized cycling event in the world. With Smart Coaching features, it will guide you in planning, training and analyzing your performance in detail. The RCX5 allows you to create personalized endurance training programs for cycling and running at polarpersonaltrainer.com, get sport-specific training data and have different settings for your bikes with Sport Profiles, and, of course, cross the finish line in the desired time with its Race Pace feature.

The RCX5 Tour de France training computer comes with a user-configurable display. The Sport Profiles allow you to have different settings based on the sports you’re doing. The big display can show up to four different rows of information about your exercise on one screen. You can even zoom in to the data you’re most interested in. Also, the flat screen minimizes disturbing reflections on the lens in direct sunlight, allowing you to easily read your training data at a glance, even when going all out.

The RCX5 Tour de France is available in a limited edition in three different product sets, so you can choose the one which suits your needs best and upgrade it later with accessories if you want. The bike set comes with magnetic speed and cadence sensors that offer the most reliable and precise cycling speed, cadence and distance measurement with real time response.

If you’re interested in seeing your route on a map after training, pick the GPS set. There’s no need to install or calibrate any sensors on your bike. Perfect for multisport athletes, the G5 GPS sensor measures highly accurate speed and distance in any outdoor sport and allows you to see the altitude curve of your session at polarpersonaltrainer.com. You can wear the small sensor with a GPS clip or in your pocket whichever works for you the best, so it’s easy to take with you whenever you need GPS.

The premium set is a complete package for the most demanding endurance athletes who are looking for versatile feedback on their training and performance in any sport. It includes the GPS and cycling speed sensors as well as the s3+ stride sensor that can tell your running cadence and average stride length to help you improve your running technique. The RCX5 can also calculate your Running Index, which scores your run, based on your speed and distance data from your GPS or stride sensor. Also, if you do two or more disciplines in one session, you can easily switch between sports on the go by using the Sport Profiles.

All sets include the WearLink®+ Hybrid heart rate sensor, Universal Bike Mount, and DataLink data transfer unit. The comfortable and disturbance-free heart rate sensor transfers data both in 5 kHz and 2.4 GHz, ensuring that your heart rate signal is found at all times – even in water. A Universal Bike Mount keeps your training computer steady on the handlebar and makes it easy to attach to and take off your training computer.

After the session, you can transfer your training files with the DataLink to track your progress and analyze your exercise in detail at polarpersonaltrainer.com. As well as seeing your route on a map, you can easily create for yourself personalized endurance training programs for cycling and running to improve your performance. These smart programs are customized to your needs and personal information, and they adapt to your training routines, updating your program every four weeks. If the program is too easy for you, it will be updated to become more challenging. If you’re having a hard time achieving your targets, the program will get a bit easier to keep your motivation up.

In addition, you can find the easy-to-understand Training Load graph at polarpersonaltrainer.com. It tells you when you will have recovered enough for your next session and accurately predicts how your cumulative training load will develop based on your training plan. You can also share your training experience with your Facebook friends by using the share button on the training session overview.

“The Tour de France is the toughest cycling competition in the world. That’s why the RCX5 is the official Tour de France training computer this year,” said Joona Laukka, Cycling, Running & Multisport Segment Manager for Polar Electro Oy. “It’s a dream product for any serious rider as you can use it on and off the saddle with the Smart Coaching features – thus making it more than just GPS. What’s best, the RCX5 is always ready for use without any need for re-charging. The user replaceable battery gives 8-11 months life for the training computer.”

 

The limited edition RCX5 Tour de France comes in an eye catching yellow color design and will be available in three different product sets with different sensors from April 2012. No matter which product set you get, you can add compatible sensors later. All sensors can be purchased separately as accessories. The RCX5 is also compatible with the older G3 GPS sensor W.I.N.D. and the s3 stride sensor W.I.N.D. So if you want to upgrade your training computer, you don’t have to buy new sensors to enjoy the sport you love.

 

About Polar

Founded in 1977, Polar Electro invented the first wireless heart rate monitor. Since then the company has been leading the sports instruments and heart rate monitoring category through its in-depth understanding of human physiology, performance, and the environment. Polar Electro works in close cooperation with leading sports institutes and governing bodies, and has, thus, become widely recognized as the pioneer and world’s leader of heart rate monitoring and fitness evaluation equipment.

Headquartered near Oulu in Finland, the company operates internationally in more than 80 countries and its products are sold through over 35,000 retailers globally.

Today, the award-winning Polar training computers are the number one choice among consumers worldwide. To learn more about how the wide range of Polar products and services can help you achieve your training goals and make your fitness story a success, please visit www.polar.fi