The new Specialized Venge ViAS is quantifiably faster than a standard road bike by a wide margin. What’s more, the bike handles like an excellent race bike should, with nimble handling, a highly efficient chassis and supple tyres mounted on deep, wide rims that deliver huge amounts of confidence in fast turns.

Since you can read about the details of the bike’s design in our news story on the Venge ViAS, I’ll focus here on my experiences on the bike — and the results of a unique Venge-to-Tarmac test that combined wind-tunnel data, real-world riding and the data-crunching simulation software of McLaren Applied Technologies.

I’ll give the ending away. Yes, the Venge ViAS is faster. Much faster.