Monash University Engineering School prepared the Tour de France champion.
2011 Tour de France champion, Cadel Evans, used the Monash University Wind Tunnel to maximize aerodynamic efficiency and slash valuable seconds from his road race times.
Professor John Sheridan, of Monash University’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, which manages the wind tunnel, said Evans recently trained on a stationary bike in the tunnel for two hours while being buffeted by winds of up to 70 km/hr.
“Data from this session was used to help perfect Cadel’s riding position and equipment choices to maximize his aerodynamic efficiency,” said Professor Sheridan.
“Cyclists can use more than 80 per cent of the power they generate trying to overcome wind resistance. In a sport where just seconds can separate athletes on
the podium, the adjustments made during sessions in the wind tunnel can be crucial.
“The whole team at the Monash University Wind Tunnel wants to congratulate Cadel. We’re happy to have helped contribute to his success,” said Professor Sheridan.
Monash University Engineering School Mechanical and Aerospace Engineers have worked with Cycling Australia to conduct aerodynamics testing on top-level cyclists for the past five years.
David Martin, the Sport Science Coordinator of Cycling Australia, credited the wind tunnel testing as contributing to the recent success of Australian cyclists.
“There is no doubt that the aerodynamics research and testing conducted by Monash University has contributed to the recent international success Cycling Australia has enjoyed both on the track and on the road. Not only is the partnership between the AIS and Monash University helping cyclists win gold medals, but the collaboration is also leading to successful grant funding and innovative publications,” said Mr Martin.
David Burton, manager of the Monash University Wind Tunnel, said it was clear why a number of elite cyclists, including Evans, had used the wind tunnel.
“The overall goal of sports research is to improve the athlete’s performance within the rules. This means understanding all aspects that contribute to that performance and their relationship. Aerodynamics is vital to cycling success, so testing in the Wind Tunnel is highly beneficial,” said Mr Burton.
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