Tour de France: Explore the stats

I’ve been a fan of the Tour de France for many years. I’ve always been a keen cyclist but as a mountain biker the tactical and physical magnificence of the Grand Tours  had always eluded me. It wasn’t until British Cycling’s wave of success swept the nation along that I began to take an interest […]

Cycling’s a drag, but it doesn’t have to be

After a regrettably lengthy hiatus from the blog, this article was inspired by the excellent aerodynamics segments of the ITV’s tour de France coverage (in collaboration with Southampton University). Cycling aerodynamics in the 1980’s A few years ago my colleague Dr Richard Lukes wrote a review paper titled “The understanding and development of cycling aerodynamics” […]

Top 5 Olympic sports that have been influenced by technology: No 1

Number 1: Cycling – Computational modelling of bike design Our final post in this series looks at a technological influence that isn’t focussed so much on the big gains, but more on fine tuning the small details to make a winning difference. As said many times during the Olympics, cycling is all about finding marginal […]

The History of the Bicycle

In 2005 the bicycle was voted the most significant technological invention since 1800; this blog looks back at the history of the bicycle and investigates how sports engineering has helped the bicycle achieve this accolade. The history of the first bicycle is a little muddled; like many great inventions its current design has been more […]

How can we cycle faster?

At the museum we have a great exhibit with two racing bikes along a simulated course; this has sparked a range of questions on the topic of cycling, from the physics of riding a bike to the most popular question; how can we cycle faster? How do we master the art of balancing on two […]