Following Swiss Side’s huge successes in reducing aero drag and making significant time savings with older brother Andreas, it was Michael Raelert’s turn to step into the wind tunnel. Andreas and Michael now share the same aerodynamically optimised Cube Aerium time trial bike, developed by Swiss Side for the 2015 Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, so it was time to work on Michaels complete setup to help him extract the maximum potential from his bike setup. The Swiss Side aerodynamicists were already very familiar with the interaction between rider and bike having completed extensive CFD work developing the frame. So it was a matter of confirming these trends with Michael and fine tuning his body position and equipment setup to find the optimum. Once again, significant time savings were achieved in particular with a modified body position, race suit and helmet.
Following the wind tunnel session, Michael was sent out on the road with Swiss Side’s unique instrumented bike, in order to collect real world aero data for correlation with his wind tunnel measurements and for use in performance simulation calculations.
The whole Swiss Side team wishes Michael the very best for his season ahead!