Cyclists travelling in groups experience a significant reduction in the wind resistance and those behind consume less energy due to the shielding effect of the front cyclist. We investigated drafting effects by wind tunnel tests realizing a test set-up with two cyclists pedalling at different longitudinal distance. Drag reduction effects on both the leading and the trailing cyclist are confirmed. The presence of lateral wind is also investigated showing a significant reduction of the drafting effect also for light winds.

Drafting Effect in Cycling: Investigation by Wind Tunnel Tests

BELLOLI, MARCO;GIAPPINO, STEFANO GIUSEPPE;ROBUSTELLI, FABIO CRISTIANO;SOMASCHINI, CLAUDIO
2016-01-01

Abstract

Cyclists travelling in groups experience a significant reduction in the wind resistance and those behind consume less energy due to the shielding effect of the front cyclist. We investigated drafting effects by wind tunnel tests realizing a test set-up with two cyclists pedalling at different longitudinal distance. Drag reduction effects on both the leading and the trailing cyclist are confirmed. The presence of lateral wind is also investigated showing a significant reduction of the drafting effect also for light winds.
2016
Procedia Engineering
Cycling aerodynamics; drafting; lateral wind; wind tunnel tests; Engineering (all)
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