WATCH // Cycling or design genius?

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With sports increasingly about the equipment used and the levels of performance they can help attain, it’s nice to reflect on some designs that were so radical they had to be banned.

Graham Obree, nicknamed The Flying Scotsman, was a cyclist who twice broke the world hour record in the 1990s with the assistance of unique riding positions and a bike designed out of old washing machine parts to enable greater aerodynamics.

This short documentary by performance cycling company Endura – themselves taking cycling equipment performance design to new levels – takes Obree and his designs into the wind tunnel, to see just how revolutionary they were, and how much of their success was down to design or athletic ability.

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Want to read more about aerodynamics in cycling? We explored a project researching the aerodynamic performance of different hill descent positions in cycling using both wind tunnel testing and simulation.

Read about it here.


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