posted by George Cant
September 14, 2016

For the 3rd year in a row, Swiss Side hosted its annual wind tunnel battle event at the GST wind tunnel in Immendtaad, Germany, just a few minutes from the Eurobike show. The week began with a 12hour marathon wind tunnel session with Andreas Raelert, finalizing his setup for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii on 8th October. The following days saw Swiss Side hosting the leading European and International press, where each group was invited to measure anything they wanted in the wind tunnel, thereby taking advantage of the Swiss Side team’s unmatched aerodynamic know-how. There were some very eye opening testing done, including naturally battles between Swiss Side aero wheels and their competitors (no surprises here) but also lots of equipment testing such as helmets, jerseys, drinks systems, as well as riding positions analysis. The most surprising results were that loose straps on the helmet can cost you around 4.5W! Also the difference between riding a road bike holding onto the centre of the handle bars, compared to being in a low aero position on the lower drops, is just over 100W difference in aero drag!
Thanks to all the media groups who joined including Bike Radar, Triathlon Magazine, ProCycling, Rennrad, Tri2B, TriTime,