Some time in the winter of 2012-13 we felt that the amount of wheel and frame manufacturer’s wind tunnel data in the public domain had reached the right critical mass to compile a database of component drag data. We used this to power our Aero Components Evaluator which allows people to estimate power or time savings achievable due to certain equipment choices on a range of simplified course layouts.
It wasn’t long before wheel manufacturers started to get in touch volunteering their wind tunnel data for the database. We love it when manufacturers are truly open with their performance data, allowing athletes to make well informed equipment choices, and if you’re in the component business then we’re always hungry for your numbers. Williams Cycling were the first and we went on to run some performance simulations illustrating the benefits of Williams’ flagship wheels in a couple of real race scenarios.
When Williams enhanced (and significantly quickened!) their product for 2014 they were naturally keen to translate new wind tunnel data into meaningful performance data for their customers. CPL applied Performance Modelling to compute the real-world benefit of the new wheels at both Kona and the US Pro Time Trial Championships. This sort of analysis is just one example of the power of Performance Modelling and you can read the report here.
Welcome to our blog. Since CPL began we’ve been working hard to stay abreast of developments in the fields of cycling and triathlon science. But things move fast at the cutting edge - so we hope that the blogging format will help us keep you up-to-date.
In the coming months we’re planning a series of posts to help followers unleash the phenomenal power of Performance Modelling. Using computer modelling to simulate rider performance on any course allows us to uncover countless truths. We’ll look at competitor benchmarking, goal setting, scenario analysis, equipment and pacing optimisation, among other applications. Check back to catch it all.
Right now we’re in the middle of July and the Tour de France is entering the mountains. The cycling world is on the verge of it’s annual crescendo. We have a bunch of reflections, numbers and more to share, benefitting always from the analytical tools we’re continuing to develop. Perhaps you have a suggestion for a post you’d like to see – just get in touch and let us know.
Until the next time.