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Cycling Aerodynamics

This story looks at cycling aerodynamics, drag and rolling resistance. It shows how wind tunnel tests are helping New Zealand cyclists reduce drag to reach faster speeds.

Elite cyclists use wind tunnel testing to reduce their aerodynamic drag. Reduced drag combined with powerful pedalling gives the speed needed to win races.

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New Zealand has many elite cyclists who use the wind tunnel at Canterbury University to improve their racing performance. Lindsey Underwood and Dr Mark Jermy work with cyclists and coaches to help find the body position and equipment that works best for each individual.

This science story looks at how forces affect speed and some of the causes of aerodynamic drag and rolling resistance in cycling. It shows how wind tunnel testing can be used to help cyclists reduce aerodynamic drag to maximise their cycling speed.

The science ideas related to aerodynamics and speed in this science story will lead to a better understanding of cycling aerodynamics and how forces affect motion.