‘Bicycles in extraordinary shapes! ‘Team GB unveils new ‘radical’ Lotus aerodynamic bike.
CHRIS Hoy struggled to keep his excitement in check as he revealed how Team GB’s cyclists will compete for gold in Tokyo utilizing top-of-the-line British engineering.
The six-time Olympic champion told the BBC that Team GB’s new ‘Lotus’ bike is as “radical” as it sounds and might be a game changer for the team. He highlighted how the design is built on optimizing the bike’s and rider’s aerodynamics, with the forks immediately in front of the rider’s knees, allowing air to flow around the rider to get them around the track at breakneck speed and perhaps put Team GB ahead of the competition.
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“Aerodynamics is such a crucial aspect of cycling,” Mr Hoy told BBC News.
“You can go quicker in one of two ways: as an athlete, you can produce more power, or you can minimize the resistive forces that are pushing against you.
“You’re attempting to shrink and become as slick as possible.
“Understanding how to achieve that and the dynamics of a team pursuit with four riders all pedalling… “It’s not like a static object that you can throw in a wind tunnel and say, ‘That bike is superaero.’
“It’s about how items move and interact with one another,” he added, adding, “Other countries are starting to get a handle on it as well.”
“When one country raises the bar, information and knowledge spreads to other countries as well.” He added of the new Lotus bike, “It looks as radical as it says.”
“Everyone’s attention is drawn to the forks in the front.
“It’s about looking at how the bike breaks the air and how it interacts with the body.” The Track Cycling World Championships are now taking place in Tokyo, and Team GB is competing for gold.
With a time of 3:50.455, Canada was in first place in men’s team pursuit qualifying.
However, Denmark has now blown that out of the water with a time of 3:45.014, a new Olympic record.
That beats Great Britain’s previous best of 3:50.265 achieved in 2016 when they won gold in Rio.
Laura Muir of Team GB breezes through the 1500m heats, while. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”