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Hard Statistical Data on Triathlon
CREATED: 12/27/12 by Luke REPLIES: 7
Luke's ravatar Luke    JOINED: 11/28/10    POSTS: 373
Hard Statistical Data on Triathlon
POSTED: 12/27/12 8:11 PM

Does anyone know where I can find some hard statistical data to answer any of these questions:
-How much time does wearing a wetsuit save?
-How much time does riding an aero-dynamic bike save? (versus a road bike)
-How much time does a full carbon bike save? (versus an aluminum bike)
-How much time does an aero helmet save?
-How much time do race wheels save?
-How much time do race flats/race shoes save?

I realize most of these questions depend on how fast an athlete is going. I'm looking for something along the lines of "a rider going 20.0 mph will save 1.0 mph by riding an aerodynamic triathlon bike, instead of a standard full carbon road bike." So far all I can find are opinion-dominated message boards with questionable-at-best reliability. Let me know if you have any more reliable data... or know where I could find data-driven studies on this.

-The one they call Luke

markhakd's ravatar markhakd    JOINED: 10/8/09    POSTS: 223
RE: Hard Statistical Data on Triathlon
POSTED: 12/27/12 9:16 PM

I really like this article on the topic, which will answer some of your questions:
http://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/article/how-aero-is-aero-19273/

ncrcoach's ravatar ncrcoach    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 1064
RE: Hard Statistical Data on Triathlon
POSTED: 12/27/12 9:50 PM

That information can also be found (per 40K) on page 38 in the book Triathlon Training by Michael Finch.

jbrez's ravatar jbrez    JOINED: 1/30/11    POSTS: 271
RE: Hard Statistical Data on Triathlon
POSTED: 12/28/12 6:07 AM

Luke,
Here's a white paper by Trek engineering on the development of the Speed Concept air foils. This probably will give you as much detail as you want on frame design with a pretty good explanation.

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7570982/TK10_SC_white_paper_lores.pdf

It's really too bad Trek's end product didn't ride all that great. It's a wonderful frame design from an aerodynamic standpoint.

dsgrunning's ravatar dsgrunning    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 1331
RE: Hard Statistical Data on Triathlon
POSTED: 12/28/12 8:57 AM

Stuff floating on the internet.

Tuan

jbrez's ravatar jbrez    JOINED: 1/30/11    POSTS: 271
RE: Hard Statistical Data on Triathlon
POSTED: 12/28/12 2:54 PM

Tuan, I expected you to provide something with scientific support such as a sign that reads "make that hill your bitch".

dsgrunning's ravatar dsgrunning    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 1331
RE: Hard Statistical Data on Triathlon
POSTED: 12/28/12 3:23 PM

Jason ... if you are going to quote me, you need to quote me properly. I believe below is what you are trying to say :)

jbrez's ravatar jbrez    JOINED: 1/30/11    POSTS: 271
RE: Hard Statistical Data on Triathlon
POSTED: 12/30/12 4:41 PM

Here's another technical paper on wheel drag with different aerodynamic designs. Full disc, etc.

http://www.cd-adapco.com/pdfs/presentations/eu10/INTELLIGENT_LIGHT.pdf

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