Mathias Hecht has made some changes for his 2016 season, switching bikes from the Trek Speed Concept to the new Canyon Speedmax CF SLX. With this change, the Swiss Side aero team wanted to ensure that the new bike was better and that his setup was maximized for the absolute best possible performance. The entire team had to battle with very cold testing temperatures, between 2 – 6C, so the testing was divided into blocks: 1. Bike compare without rider; 2. Bike compare with rider (with warm clothes); 3. Rider position optimization (with warm clothes); 4. Final position and helmet optimization in race clothing.
Despite the challenging conditions, significant gains were found. The Canyon bike confirmed to be an improvement of 3W over the Trek. With the rider themselves contributing around 75% of the total drag on the bike, as expected, position optimization delivered the biggest performance gains. Improvements of just over 20W were achieved. On Mathias, the Louis Garneau P-09 aero helmet was 4W better than the Bontrager Aeolus helmet. However it is important to note that from our wind tunnel testing experience, the helmet performance is often dependent on the rider’s body shape and position. And for those who are interested, the difference between Mathias’ race suit and his warm clothing was 21W!
Mathias’ main season goal for 2016 is to challenge for the win at Ironman Switzerland on 24th July.