About 85% of a cyclist’s energy is used to overcome aerodynamic drag. That’s a lot of drag. However, reducing drag by 10% can knock 21 minutes from the finish time of a 100 mile ride for a cyclist averaging 20 mph. Until recently, hours of testing in a limited number of expensive wind tunnels was the only way to get the reliable data needed for this level of drag reduction. Not anymore. Say hello to Aero-Intel.
Aero-Intel provides a convenient and affordable way for cyclists to gain performance enhancing aerodynamic advantages. We combine Vmps' cycling and aerodynamic expertise with STAC's Virtual Wind Tunnel computational fluid dynamics technology. And you get an easy way to potentially reduce the drag produced by your current bike position, helmet, and hydration system.
Aero Flo $275
Aero Flo tests the most likely areas for aerodynamic gain by comparing data from your baseline position/equipment combination to two different position/equipment combinations
Aero Pro $425
Love data? Aero Pro compares the data from your baseline position/equipment combination to five different combinations. This level of service is for athletes interested in testing multiple helmets, and several different body and arm positions.
Is it possible to tell which accessories are more aerodynamic by the way they look or feel?
What appears to be aerodynamically fast might not prove so in practice (i.e. initial use of helmet visors or certain helmets on some riders). Also, the ways to the greatest drag reductions might not be the most obvious.
Can’t I just copy what a faster rider is doing with regards to body position and helmet?
Be careful imitating--aerodynamics can be very individual specific, including helmets, body position, arm position, and number of water bottles behind saddle.
What choices don’t vary much from person to person with regards to aerodynamic impact?
Items where the aerodynamic impact is less individualized include aero bike frames, wheels, water bottle horizontal in aerobars (they all tend to be good), aero bento boxes, and shoe covers.
What speed would a cyclist need to average to benefit from reducing aerodynamic drag?
Aerodynamics are important for riders of any average speed; slower riders realize greater time savings for a given race distance than faster riders because slower riders are on the course longer.
Webinar: Optimizing Your Aerodynamics
This webinar covers the basic concepts of aerodynamic testing, with particular emphasis on how computer-based aerodynamic modeling can offer quick, accurate, and affordable data that will improve the race day performance for any athlete. Led by Don Vescio, US Cycling Certified Coach and Andrew Bucknell, a fluid dynamist and founder of the STAC Virtual Wind Tunnel.
Scanning is done at Vmps or at a host scanning site. Currently, the Aero-Intel mobile scanning tent is scheduled to be at Rev3 Quassy race venue on June 2 and 3, 2018.
Contact Aero-Intel if you would like to host Aero-Intel scanning at your race, bike shop, or team event.