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NEW AEROFIT STUDIO SESSIONS INTRODUCED

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Smart News | Comments Off on NEW AEROFIT STUDIO SESSIONS INTRODUCED

We are excited to announce that we have introduced some new Aero Bikefit protocols to complement our existing wind tunnel testing service. We have been advising cyclists how to go faster by optimising their position for over 10 years. Using that experience we are now offering services that will meet the needs of riders who are just starting to consider aerodynamics through to those who are chasing those last few watts in a bid to doing well in top 10 TT opens or achieving an age group podium in triathlon. Our new protocols combine aerodynamics...

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6 January 2017 – Team Drag2Zero announces new members on the Women’s team

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in Smart News | Comments Off on 6 January 2017 – Team Drag2Zero announces new members on the Women’s team

6 January 2017 – Team Drag2Zero announces new members on the Women’s team   We are delighted to be bolstering our ladies team this year with the addition of two new riders, Rachael Elliott and Alice Lethbridge.  Rachael and Alice join existing members Julia Shaw, Vicky Gill and Kate Allan.  Here is some background information on each of our female riders along with an indication of what each hopes to achieve in the coming season.  We wish all of them the very best of luck – we are very excited to see what 2017 holds in...

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TeamDrag2Zero 2016 line up confirmed

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Smart News | Comments Off on TeamDrag2Zero 2016 line up confirmed

TeamDrag2Zero 2016 line up confirmed We are delighted to announce the full line up for TeamDrag2Zero this year as follows: Kate Allen/McNeil, Dan Bigham, Kieron Davies, Vicky Gill, Chris Goodfellow, Mark Holton, Jeff Jones, Charles McCulloch, Alan Murchison, Keith Murray, Lee Piercy, Julia Shaw, Jon Simpkins, Henry Sleight, Simon Smart and Paul Welsby. Best of luck to all of our riders, looking forward to a fun year of racing! Here is some more information about the riders that make up the team. Kate McNeill/Allan Kate took up the sport of...

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Bottrill takes UCI amateur National Time Trial title

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Smart News | Comments Off on Bottrill takes UCI amateur National Time Trial title

Bottrill takes UCI amateur National Time Trial title

This weekend I took part in the Tour of Cambridge amateur national time trial event. This is a new event that’s been added to the UK calendar, which gives all different age categories the chance to qualify for the amateur world championships in Denmark later this year. When I first heard of it I was unsure what it would exactly be, but when I knew it was going to held on closed roads and with the full atmosphere I wanted to be part of it. The event would cover 16.4 miles of an out and back circuit, which was quite rolling and...

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Bottrill takes another course record in the A5 Rangers 31mile hilly

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Smart News | Comments Off on Bottrill takes another course record in the A5 Rangers 31mile hilly

Saturday 14 March 2015 – the warm weather from the previous week gave way to bitterly cold winds in the A5 Rangers 31mile hilly time trial.  Riders would take in two laps of an undulating course and very technical circuit. Starting in Litchborough near Towcester in Northamptonshire , the course  would take in the villages of Duncote, Weedon, Farthingstone and finally finishing back at Litchborough to give an opening lap distance of 15.4miles The race got underway at 1pm, and it was soon clear that it was going to be a hard days racing...

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Smart Aero Technology and Drag2Zero – A year in review, 2014

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in Smart News | Comments Off on Smart Aero Technology and Drag2Zero – A year in review, 2014

Smart Aero Technology and Drag2Zero – A year in review, 2014

2014 has been an incredible year for our team; record-breaking results on both the cycling and triathlon racing circuits; new collaborations; product launches alongside some of the top names in our industry. We thought it would be valuable to reflect back over our experiences and share some of what we have done over the past 12 months with you all as a ‘Drag2Zero -Year in Review’.

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Sunday 7th September 2014 – Bottrill breaks the 25 mile Time Trial Championship Record

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Smart News, uncategorized | Comments Off on Sunday 7th September 2014 – Bottrill breaks the 25 mile Time Trial Championship Record

On Sunday morning, the UK’s finest time trialists, took part in the Port Talbot Wheelers 25 mile race, a competition which saw 240 riders participating in three events.   Starting at 1pm, the main class race was one that was attracting attention with the recently crowned 10 mile time trial champion, Matt Bottrill coming head to head again with former champion Michael Hutchinson The out and back course started in Glenyneth -South Wales. The course is renowned for producing fast times – with one downhill stretch seeing riders...

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Sunday 31st August 2014 – Matt Bottrill takes the national 10 mile Time Trial Championship

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Smart News, uncategorized | Comments Off on Sunday 31st August 2014 – Matt Bottrill takes the national 10 mile Time Trial Championship

On Sunday afternoon the UK’s finest time trialists took part in the men’s National 10 mile time trial championship, 150 riders facing the time keeper on what is known as the UK’s fastest 10 mile course at South Cave, near Hull, It was going to be a highly contested race.  Michael Hutchinson, 10 times a winner at this distance and the former competition record holder (being beaten earlier this year by Alex Dowsett), would be racing alongside, Ryan Mullen (An Post Chain Reaction) and Sean Kelly, the Irish road and time trial...

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Launch of Scott Plasma 5

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Smart News | Comments Off on Launch of Scott Plasma 5

15 July 2014, Aigle, Switzerland The launch of the new Scott Plasma 5 was the culmination of hours of wind tunnel testing, CFD analysis and design work.  All of that hard work with the Scott guys was worth it when we saw Sebastain Kienle, Luke McKenzie and Jodie Swallow speeding around the velodrome at the UCI headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland. “Developed to be faster with the rider than without “ may sound obvious but when Simon Smart, Technical Director of Smart Aero Technology was approached again by Scott Bikes to assist them in...

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Bottrill take 6th place in British National champs then two days later goes on to break the 50 mile competition record!

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Smart News | Comments Off on Bottrill take 6th place in British National champs then two days later goes on to break the 50 mile competition record!

Bottrill take 6th place in British National champs then two days later goes on to break the 50 mile competition record!

Fantastic riding from our team rider, Matt Bottrill last week.  6th place in the British National Time Trial Championships and then riding the fastest 50 mile time trial the UK has ever seen, it was some week! British Time Trial Championship 2014 On Thursday Matt set out to compete in the British Time Trial Championships.  With reigning champion Alex Dowsett looking to retain his title, and the likes of  Sir Bradley Wiggins, Geraint Thomas and Luke Rowe from Sky, the field was strong.  The course was also a tough one, hilly and...

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Matt Bottrill defends National 50 Time Trial Title

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in Smart News | Comments Off on Matt Bottrill defends National 50 Time Trial Title

Matt Bottrill defends National 50 Time Trial Title

Sunday 8th June 2014, Poole, Dorset National 50 mile Time Trial Championships – Matt Bottrill defends National 50 Time Trial Title   Sunday morning saw the first of the British National 50mile championships of 2014, taking place in Poole, Dorset. The UK’s finest time trialists would complete the undulating circuit, taking in some hard terrain and rough roads. With warm temperatures and the highly contested battle to be expected between Matthew Bottrill www.drag2zero.com and Michael Hutchison In-Gear Quickvit Trainsharpe Rt,...

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Endura and Drag2Zero Announce New Clothing Partnership

Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in Smart News | Comments Off on Endura and Drag2Zero Announce New Clothing Partnership

Endura and Drag2Zero Announce New Clothing Partnership

Immediate objective is to deliver the fastest aero-kit in the WorldTour peloton to Movistar Team. Livingston, Scotland / Brackley, England, February 3rd 2014 – Endura and Drag2Zero are excited to announce a new collaboration to develop a range of aero cycle clothing commencing with the development of aero-suits and overshoes for Movistar Team, the world’s number 1 ranked team. Endura’s technical clothing sponsorship of the Movistar Team started on January 1st, however collaboration between Endura and Drag2Zero started many months...

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Release of Smart ENVE System Aerobar

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Smart News | Comments Off on Release of Smart ENVE System Aerobar

Release of Smart ENVE System Aerobar

Release of Smart ENVE System Aerobar We are pleased to announce that the Smart ENVE System (SES) Aero Bar is now shipping from ENVE in Ogden, Utah. The first component in the SES lineup, the SES Aero Bar was specifically developed for the aftermarket and allows unprecedented adjustability without compromising top level aerodynamics. “When ENVE partnered with Simon Smart the goal was to bring world class aerodynamics to ENVE’s already outstanding product. From the beginning, we knew that the collaboration would extend beyond wheels and the...

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Taylor Phinney of BMC racing team in the D2Z wind tunnel

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Smart News | Comments Off on Taylor Phinney of BMC racing team in the D2Z wind tunnel

Taylor Phinney of BMC racing team in the D2Z wind tunnel

Taylor Phinney of BMC racing team in the D2Z wind tunnel We were pleased to welcome Taylor Phinney of BMC racing Team and silver medalist in the 2013 world time trial championships into the wind tunnel this month. Taylor came with Allan Peiper, BMC Performance Director to look at changes that could be made to his riding position to improve his TT racing in advance of next season. We are looking forward to seeing Taylor implement some of the changes we looked at when racing starts in...

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Matt Bottrill Takes 3rd place at British Time Trial Champs

Posted by on Dec 18, 2012 in Smart News | Comments Off on Matt Bottrill Takes 3rd place at British Time Trial Champs

Matt Bottrill Takes 3rd place at British Time Trial Champs

Matt Bottrill Takes 3rd place at British Time Trial Champs The British National time trial championships were held on Sunday despite the weather trying hard to stop it! The atmosphere around the 29.4mile circuit was amazing with European, World and Olympic medalists, and even postmen, setting about tackling the race. The event was won by Team Sky professional Cyclist Alex Dowsett in a time of 58.26, who is in the form of his life recently taking his first professional road win the weekend before. Next Came Dowsett’s team mate Steve Cummings...

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Timo Bracht with his Smart ENVE System wheels in the Drag2Zero wind tunnel

Posted by on Dec 18, 2012 in Smart News | Comments Off on Timo Bracht with his Smart ENVE System wheels in the Drag2Zero wind tunnel

Timo Bracht with his Smart ENVE System wheels in the Drag2Zero wind tunnel

Timo Bracht with his Smart ENVE System wheels in the Drag2Zero wind tunnel Great news that Timo Bracht will be using Smart ENVE System wheels again this year. He visited the Drag2Zero wind tunnel facility a few months ago to work on his riding position. Timo is currently ranked No 2 in the Kona Pro Rankings, having had a great year last year which peaked with his 5th placing at Kona, where he was riding a set of Smart ENVE system wheels. He is doing everything he can to live up to that ranking and needed no persuading about how valuable a...

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Lucy Hall in the Drag2Zero wind tunnel

Posted by on Dec 13, 2012 in Smart News | Comments Off on Lucy Hall in the Drag2Zero wind tunnel

Lucy Hall in the Drag2Zero wind tunnel

Lucy Hall in the Drag2Zero wind tunnel Lucy Hall visited Drag2Zero at the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One wind tunnel last week to fine tune her riding position ahead of representing Great Britain in the triathlon in Hyde Park on 4 August. “I first came into the Drag2Zero wind tunnel in January with some of my elite squad team mates. We all learnt a lot from Simon Smart about how to make ourselves more aerodynamic, trying out various positions in the wind tunnel” says Lucy, 20, who is set to make her Olympic debut next month. “I have...

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