Racing Aerodynamics: Lines of Least Resistance
Discover why the right technique, kit and economy of effort can help shave seconds off your time
Just imagine a world without aerodynamics - there would be no flight, cars would be square and humans would fall over in a gust of wind. Formula One races would take days.
That got us thinking. Racing cars have evolved to optimise speed in every conceivable way, but just because they're machines doesn't mean we can't learn from them.
"Improved streamlining will make you more efficient in each discipline and you'll gain 'free speed'," says coach Steve Lumley (steve-lumley.net). "That is, you'll be going faster for no extra effort. And many small gains can be made from improving your technique and training."
Triathlon kit has evolved, too; the hi-tech fabrics and materials in your trisuit, and on your bike and running shoes, have been developed to maximise the performance of the one variable that kit makers can't control - you.
OK, you can't head off to a wind tunnel and manufacture a new, faster body, but you can
use aerodynamics to improve your form and kit selection, and get that new PB. Click through our slideshow to find out how.
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