Time trialing has a massive focus on aerodynamics, both to the bike and the rider. But where does the balance lie between aerodynamics, power output, metabolic economy, and thermoregulation? How low should you go?
The International Cycling Union announced new measures to improve rider safety. The UCI will be stricter if riders 'take dangerous positions on the bike'. The UCI refer to the 'super tuck' and 'puppy paws' positions. Riders will first receive a warning, but after April 1st may be suspended. Here is what the riders think.
The UCI has announced that they'll be looking at dangerous behaviour in a peloton, including adopting dangerous positions on the bike; descending on the top tube. Ed Hood takes us on a retrospective a look at descending, handlebars and the evolution of aerodynamics in modern cycling.
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?