Press & Media

Press & Media

Below is a small selection of our coverage in magazines, websites etc. Please download the articles below.

Triathlete Europe magazine - April 2014Triathlete Europe

Simon Smart is one of the best aerodynamicists in the sport of cycling and triathlon. He introduced wind tunnel bike and fit testing in 2007, and his expertise led to him designing aero bikes, wheels and even clothing. Once a time triallist, Smart is now a good middle distance triathlete, who understands the demands of the sport.

Recently, he started working with Dr Jessica Leitch from Run3D to form a collaboration that brings together the best of bike fitting with run mechanics.

During a visit to the Ironman World Championships in 2013 Smart met second place finisher Luke McKenzie from Australia and the two started to work together.

Recently, the speedy Aussie flew to the UK to work with Smart and Dr Leitch to improve his efficiency both cycling and running.

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Procycling magazine - February 2014

Road Tested article

...The margin was the worry. Had Taylor Phinney at least finished close to the medallists in the World Championship Time Trial in Florence last September it would have been easy to attribute the missed medal

to his youth (incredibly, he’s still only 23), imperfect build-up and that dropped water bottle. But two minutes and eight seconds...

That painful fifth place in Italy could end up a blessing in disguise. It was a wake-up call to Phinney’s BMC team and a multi-faceted plan is now in place to ensure his 2014 season is much better. The first stage was a visit at the end of last November to aerodynamicist and TT set-up specialist Simon Smart

of Drag 2 Zero at the Mercedes F1 team’s wind tunnel in Brackley, Northamptonshire. 

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BBC News technology feature

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BBC aerodynamics feature

Pro Cycling magazine article - June 09

Pro Cycling June 09

...For a journalist, there can be few things more titillating than being beckoned past a giant iron door and solemnly informed, “There are certain things in here that you’re not supposed to see.” A security pass marked ‘Brawn GP’ hangs from our necks and a minibus with blacked-out windows and large ‘Highroad’ stickers is parked to our left.

These are the only signs of what lurks within this anonymous grey sprawl of Northamptonshire business park.
We’re at Brawn GP’s Brackley headquarters to watch Columbia-Highroad rider Bert Grabsch refine his technique and bike set-up in one of the F1 team’s two wind tunnels. That’s once Grabsch has finished testing some “confidential” equipment and we’re finally allowed inside. With so much secrecy surrounding the tunnels, it’s no wonder they’ve gained a status within sport as some kind of mythological bunker.

On the brink of collapse in their previous guise as Honda Racing Formula One Team last year, Brawn GP found their saviour in Ross Brawn, their technical mastermind and, as of March 2009, their owner. Brawn is the man who previously hauled legendary F1 teams Benetton and Ferrari out of the doldrums to World Championship glory...

 

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Outdoor Fitness magazine article - September 2012

Outdoor Fitness Magazine Sept 2012

...It is true to say that in cycling, performance enhancement and cheating are all too often mentioned in the same breath. Normally it involves stories of riders using ingenious methods of a pharmacological nature to gain an unfair advantage. However, the sport is also at the cutting edge of a more positive type of performance enhancement: finding ways to ‘cheat’ the wind.

The impressive speeds accomplished by a rider (compared with a runner, for example) mean that the rewards for achieving aerodynamic efficiency are substantial. Between !" and #" per cent of a rider’s power output is used to overcome air resistance (compared with just !.$% for running at a fast pace). A great deal of brainpower and R&D dollars are therefore invested each year in finding the best ways to reduce drag as the sport gets closer to the limit of how much power a rider can produce with legs alone.

A rider has to overcome wind resistance in two forms: air pressure drag and surface friction. Air pressure drag is caused when a shape that is irregular and bulky (such as a human body on a bicycle) moves through the atmosphere creating turbulent airflow and leaving low pressure areas in its wake. With higher pressure in front and lower pressure behind a rider is ‘pulled’ back and has to apply exponentially more power to keep accelerating to higher speeds. This is the primary cause of aerodynamic resistance in cycling...

 

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