In the lead up to the Rio Olympics this summer, British Triathlon were in their quest to ensure that they had explored everything possible to ensure that they would maximise performances. Head Coach Ben Bright approached Veloptima to see how we could help. Their own Sports Scientists had analysed the course profile, data that they had collected during the course recce previously. They identified that there were two key sections of the race where speeds would be high and tactically these might be sections where one of their athletes might need to be making a break, or bridge the gap to a group in front. In these scenarios having positions that the athletes could get into to minimise drag might be vital. Ben also wanted to ensure that their athletes were aware of the energy savings that they could make by using different positions during racing, and selecting the correct equipment.
“Heading into the final stages of our Rio prep we knew that aero advantages on the bike leg could prove to be critical. We needed a testing and analysis process that was accurate, fast, cost effective and easy to action. Working with Barney at the velodrome in Derby was easy to facilitate and gave us the answers we were looking for quickly. I would definitely recommend this as a practical ‘real world' approach to aerotesting.” Ben Bright, Head Coach, British Triathlon.
We had some great sessions on the track with Non, Vicky and Gordon, and as expected we found individual differences between each of the athletes, but managed to find individual configurations and solutions that they could use during the Olympic race in Rio.