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Which Cyclist’s Hill Descent Position is Really Superior? Froome, Pantani, Nibali or Sagan?

Different professional cyclists use very different hill descent positions, and there is no consensus in the peloton on which position is truly superior. Most cyclists did not test different positions in wind tunnels to find which one would give them the greatest aerodynamic advantage. This valuable information could be the difference between winning and losing a major cycling event.

Watch this webinar in which we will discuss which cyclist’s hill descent position is aerodynamically superior by comparing 14 positions used by professional riders in the past. Using two different and independently applied research methods — wind-tunnel testing and CFD simulations (which yield the same conclusions) — we have arrived at the answer scientifically. Learn which positions are superior from safety and power generation viewpoints. Here’s a tantalizing hint: The infamous “Froome” position during the Peyresourde descent of Stage 8 of the 2016 Tour de France is 8 percent slower, provides unequal distribution of body weight over both wheels and reduces power generation. Attend this webinar to discover new results that contradict those announced previously via LinkedIn.

This webinar results from a collaborative research project between the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands, KU Leuven and the University of Liege in Belgium, and Ansys. The webinar was presented by professor Bert Blocken of TU/e and KU Leuven.



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