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How far can you ride a bike in an hour? Start with an aerodynamicist

How far can you ride a bike in an hour? Start with an aerodynamicist

Filippo Ganna of Team Ineos will attempt to break cycling’s hour record on Saturday. But to tell him how to do it, his aerodynamicist broke…

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Filippo Ganna of Team Ineos will attempt to break cycling’s hour record on Saturday. But to tell him how to do it, his aerodynamicist broke the record first. Filippo Ganna of Team Ineos will attempt to break cycling’s hour record. Picture: Luca Bettini/AFP Dan Bigham has spent three years pondering the fastest way to make 450 left turns on a bicycle.

As a trained aerodynamicist working for the Ineos pro cycling team, he has made it his mission to work out how to explode the hour record, the mark for the farthest distance travelled on a bike, on a track, in 60 minutes. His solution involves computational fluid dynamics, 3-D printed components, and, on Saturday, he’ll factor in one of the strongest riders in the world, Italy’s Filippo Ganna.

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