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Alumnus Jim Meyer Gives World-Class Cyclists High-Tech Edge
April 11, 2014
Cycling Innovator: Mathematics alumnus Jim Meyer founded Quarq, whose products have helped world-class cyclists win Tour de France stages and Ironman Hawaii. (Photo courtesy of Dan Lee, Road Cycling and Cyclocross)
As an elite age-group triathlete, Jim Meyer seeks the ultimate performances from his body and the cycling equipment used in competitions throughout the world.
So, he utilized his math and engineering skills to design innovative devices, under his company, Quarq, that are being featured by some of the world’s best short- and long-distance cyclists.
Meyer’s CinQo power meter pioneered a tool free, replaceable battery and was one of the first power meters with ANT+ wireless communication. A next-stage model, the CinQo Saturn, is now being marketed worldwide after Quarq became part of SRAM LLC in 2011.
The lighter weight SRAM RED Quarq Power Meter and a close relative, the Quarq for Specialized Power Meter, powered multiple 2012 world championships, including Pete Jacobs' runaway victory at Ironman Hawaii. In 2013, Quarq technology helped sprinter Mark Cavendish win stages of the famed Tour de France.
“Really, we’re just touching the fringes on the cutting edge of technology in cycling, which is a highly technical, highly competitive marketplace,” says Meyer, whose company is based in his hometown of Spearfish, South Dakota.
The 1999 mathematics alumnus immersed himself in math competitions and solar car racing, being a driver for Rose-Hulman’s Solar Phantom team that placed third in the 1999 Sunrayce cross country race (Washington, D.C, to Orlando). He is a three-time Ironman finisher and won the Solo 30 Men's category at Breck Epic 2012.