[Update 10/3/16: We’re currently checking how the static bike replicates the forces encountered riding in a velodrome]
British Cycling have called in the defence technology chaps at BAE Systems to develop a new static bike that will propel the country’s elite athletes to cycling gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics and beyond.
The new “ergometer”, as it’s being called, is said to be “capable of replicating the centrifugal forces of a velodrome” more accurately than any other testing tool. We’re currently checking how it does this, and whether it’s actually inertial forces which are replicated by the machine.
Of course, it also measures the work-rate and energy expended by cyclists, and the vital data collected includes gas and blood analysis. It also enables testing at high speeds to analyse an athlete’s technique.
Looking quite “industrial”, with more welded metal and less rounded plastic on show than say the Wattbike, which was developed back in 2008 for British Cycling ahead of the Beijing Olympics, the new Cycling Ergometer has apparently already helped track stars like Sir Chris Hoy and Sir Bradley Wiggins power to gold.
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