I have found that pacing the 20-minute test can be quite tricky, so I have devised an alternative 20-minute test that is a combination of a step ramp test and the 20-minute test.
Measuring saddle positions
The standard method is to measure height from the ground and off-set of the saddle nose from the centre line of the bottom bracket. This works well on a single bike but is not ideal when trying to replicate the back-end geometry between different bikes. Here’s an alternative method that I use …..
Boardman Wind Tunnel Experience
Having done extensive “Open Area Testing” at multiple venues, and cross-calibrated them, I’ve always wanted to validate my field-testing results directly with results from a wind tunnel session. The Wind Tunnel at the Boardman Performance Centre has made this more affordable, so I booked a session.
Zwift Workout files
If you are doing high end intervals ERG mode isn’t always what you need. There is a way to disable ERG mode in Zwift without having Zwift change the turbo resistance if the terrain changes e.g. the incline changes or you ride over a bit of “feature landscape” like a wooden bridge section. It does mean manually creating a .zwo …
Newport Velodrome Report
I book a three hour slot at Newport Velodrome twice a year. I use these to validate my “open field” test results and to refine options. I book November and February as a rule, something to do with the weather. It gets a bit too cold to test in a skin suit once the clocks go back.
Training planner and PMC spreadsheet
Not an aero post this week. I thought I’d share the Excel spreadsheet that I use to plan and record my training and events schedule. I’ve just updated it to run from November 1st 2016 to the end of 2017.
Mark Florence Cycling Time Trial Podcast
A few weeks ago I was invite to participate in one of Mark Florence’s series of Cycling Time Trial Podcasts. One of the questions that came up was how did I come up with the name “FloatAero”? When I was think about a name for the service I started from my existing web site address for Formic Intelligent Training Labs …
Testing Race Set-up from Last Sunday
4th October 2016 Another good morning for testing, early before the wind got up. Tested my race set-up from last Sunday (Nopinz skin suit and trip socks) with the AeroHead helmet and then the Bambino. When I used the Nopinz skin suit and trip socks at the Cambridge Chrono earlier in the year my CdA came out a bit higher …
VTTA Rocco Memorial 25
2nd October 2016 VTTA Rocco memorial 25 this morning on H25/1. I was hoping to make top 10 but came out as 14th on standard, 1:02:12 with an average power of 174 watts and a CdA of roughly 0.1760, which is slightly lower than I get when I test at Hillingdon in race kit, but then there is no traffic …