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GB Cycling Team wind tunnel opens in Manchester

GB Cycling Team wind tunnel opens in Manchester

The Great Britain Cycling Team has officially opened its new state-of-the-art wind tunnel in Manchester, which will support the team’s riders on the path to…

Friday, Oct 21

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The Great Britain Cycling Team has officially opened its new state-of-the-art wind tunnel in Manchester, which will support the team’s riders on the path to the Paris Olympics as well as helping cyclists at all levels.

The tunnel fan and control units have been re-located to Manchester thanks to Halfords generously donating them for just £1. With the support of UK Sport and Manchester City Council, the tunnel has been rebuilt and upgraded to support riders as they push towards Paris 2024 and LA 2028.

Originally conceived by Chris Boardman and based at the Boardman Performance Centre in Evesham, the tunnel uses a finely tuned data capture system which feeds video imagery and information back to the rider in real-time. Aerodynamicists can continually tune wind speed and direction to mimic the conditions of an event or environment.

The facility, based at the Manchester Institute of Health and Performance on the Etihad Campus in East Manchester, is adjacent to the National Cycling Centre, and opens as the Great Britain Cycling Team’s track riders return to Manchester after spending the majority of 2022 training in Derby.

In addition to unearthing new performance gains for the next Olympic and Paralympic Games, British Cycling is already looking at how research teams will be able to benefit from access to the tunnel through cycling education programmes, equipment development and events.

Thefacility was officially opened on Thursday afternoon, with attendees including Chris Boardman, Ed Clancy, and Halfords’ Paul Tomlinson.

Great Britain Cycling Team Performance Director, Stephen Park CBE said “Having a […]

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