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!
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...
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...
The Drag2Zero wind tunnel facility operates out of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One scale wind tunnel. This is one of the few open jet wind tunnels available for use by cyclists.
We want to make the most of the time you have with us and our experience of wind tunnel testing over the last 7 years has enabled us to determine how best to do that. Simon Smart has worked with over 250 cyclists – some of them going onto become world and national champions so he has a fair amount of experience in knowing how to make someone go faster! In coming to us you are accessing Simon’s broad knowledge of what works for the varying body shapes that we see, along with his knowledge of the equipment that is available and what is likely to work for you. His aim is to find the most efficient power:drag ratio – providing the best compromise between power, comfort and drag.
A minimum 2 hour test is required (for those returning for a second session less time may be necessary). During this time it will be possible to cover all aspects of a rider’s position. It is possible to book additional time but for most people a 2 hour session is optimal with further adjustments being looked at in a second visit.
With all of the product development work that Simon is involved in, the number of test days available to cyclists is limited, so you are advised to plan well ahead if you would like to visit us.
Simon will discuss with you what you want to achieve during the test, looking at your history, your recent results and anything else that is relevant.
Evaluate rider’s current position. This establishes the baseline drag level which can be related to known performances, then based on our experience and rider preference we will devise a test protocol for you.
Under Simon’s guidance, the rider will try out various positions on his/her bike, while pedalling on the advice of the aerodynamicist.