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Polar Adds Altitude to the Popular Polar RC3 GPS Training Computer

03/04/2013

In celebration of the centenary of the world’s greatest cycling race, the Tour De France, Polar today launches the most advanced generation of its popular RC3 GPS training computer. With a bold yellow band to match the coveted Yellow Jersey, the RC3 GPS Tour De France version now features real-time GPS-based altitude information, allowing riders to see their current altitude as well as how far they have already climbed or descended. It is the official training device of riders from teams FDJ, Argos-Shimano and Euskaltel-Euskadi, including Nacer Bouhanni, Marcel Kittel and Samuel Sánchez.

The RC3 GPS Tour De France edition is designed for cyclists and other sportspeople active in endurance sports, including running and cross-country skiing. As well as speed and distance information, its integrated GPS provides real-time altitude measurement, adding to the information Polar makes available to athletes so that they can train smarter. Notable features include:

  • Integrated GPS: as well as speed and distance information, the RC3 GPS’s integrated GPS provides real-time altitude measurement, adding to the information Polar makes available to you so that you can train smarter.
  • Back to Start functionality: uses GPS to guide you back to where you began your training
  • Route Mapping: helps you analyze and share your route through Polar’s dedicated training site, www.polarpersonaltrainer.com.
  • Training programs: www.polarpersonaltrainer.com also offers a series of endurance training programs that can be uploaded onto the device
  • Smart Training features: Sports Zones and Training Benefit features provide information on each training session’s intensity and benefits thanks to Polar’s H3 Heart Rate Sensor. This data can be combined with data on cycling speed, distance and cadence to help you train smarter

Marco Suvilaakso, Group Product Director at Polar said: “Polar has been supporting pro cyclists in their preparation for the Tour De France for over twenty years. But anyone can benefit from the smart insights our innovative products draw from training data. We’re launching our special edition RC3 GPS Tour De France training computer in celebration of the Tour’s centenary year, allowing everyone with a passion for cycling to unlock better performance.”

Iwan Spekenbrink, Team Manager of Team Argos-Shimano said: “There are so many elements that need to come together to bring a team to peak performance for the Tour De France: training, rest, race-strategy, team-spirit, nutrition and some luck of course. Polar’s products, like the RC3 GPS Tour De France training computer, are an essential part of our preparation and in-race tactics. They tell us, in real-time, how our riders are performing and how much more they can give.”

With its sporty and ergonomic design, breathable wristband and 12 hours of battery life, the RC3 GPS Tour De France training computer is an essential and unobtrusive companion for training and racing. When used with the Polar’s H3 Heart Rate Sensor and Cadence Sensor it becomes a powerful tool for gathering performance data and offering smart real-time analysis.

Pricing, availability and compatibility
The Polar RC3 GPS Tour De France edition will be available around the world at the beginning April for a suggested retail price of $322.24 / €279.90. It will also be available in black or red versions. The RC3 GPS Tour De France bike version will be available at the same time for a suggested retail price of $345.26 / €299.90.

About Polar
Founded in 1977, Polar Electro invented the world’s 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 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.com.