Ed's Rant: With the British Cycling team unveiling their new Lotus/Hope steed for the Tokyo Olympic Games next year, Ed Hood has had a look at this piece of art and at some of the other 'weird' bikes of the past. Aerodynamic and functional, but also damn nice to look at, what else do you want? Ah yes, UCI approval.
DeFeet International, manufacturers of performance socks and accessories for cycling, announces the arrival of the most aerodynamic cycling socks made, the new DeFeet Evo Disruptor.
Toolbox: I was a speaker last week at the Science & Cycling conference in Brussels. One of the talks I found fascinating was by Koen Pelgrim from Deceuninck - Quick-Step, all about the TTT testing that they have done. He shared some interesting info on what they've learned from wind tunnel and real world testing.
Toolbox: Getting into a more aero position on your bike definitely makes you faster, and we've seen all kinds of variations by riders like Froome, Pantani, Sagan and more. We look at some actual wind tunnel testing to get to the bottom of which position on your bike is fastest for riding and also descending.
Toolbox: Since the era of Banesto, Postal, and now Sky, the Grand Tour climbs have turned into massive team leadouts, with Indurain, Armstrong, Wiggins, Froome, & Thomas protected by an armada of climbing domestiques. But is there an actual benefit to having teammates pacing on climbs?
Toolbox: The team pursuit is one of the marquee events at the Track Cycling World Championships, where optimal drafting technique and positions can make the difference between winning medal glory, or becoming footnotes in the cycling history books. Behind the enormous power and graceful beauty of the event lies an interesting question: how do we optimize the rider order?