Take two guys with more than thirty years of excellence in designing, building and creating some of the best bicycles in the world, give them a clean slate to do whatever it is they want and what do you get? In the case of Andy Kessler and Gerard Vroomen you get Open Cycle - a relatively new bike brand that had a reputation for excellence as soon as their first bike came out of the carbon fiber mold.
Open Cycle is new(ish), but it is also far from new. Kessler helped guide BMC to worldwide recognition and World Tour victories when he took over the company as CEO when it was poised to fold. Vroomen, likewise, led a bike company - in his case, Cervelo - to countless professional cycling wins and a strong hold as one of the world’s best bike brands.
Vroomen caught the bike-designing bug as a teenager after a family trip to a renewable energy expo in his native Netherlands. There he was introduced to the Human Powered Vehicle concept and designed his first HPV at the age of 18. He’s been obsessing over angles, materials and the science of bicycles from that day forward.