STAC Per­for­mance Vir­tual Wind Tun­nel

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - T1 -

We wrote about this rev­o­lu­tion­ary new sys­tem last March (TMC March & April 2017). Through a series of scans of your po­si­tion, the sys­tem an­a­lyzes air flow around the rider to mea­sure the drag they are cre­at­ing. The sys­tem uses a 3D scan­ner to cre­ate a high-res­o­lu­tion image of the rider, which STAC then pro­cesses and an­a­lyzes.

Ul­ti­mately, test­ing like this will be­come an im­por­tant part of any se­ri­ous ath­lete’s ar­moury. Boecherer used his test­ing data as the de­cid­ing fac­tor in choos­ing his cloth­ing spon­sor for 2018 – test­ing a num­ber of suits and stick­ing with the one that made the most dif­fer­ence for him. That per­sonal com­po­nent is an im­por­tant one. Dur­ing some test­ing we did last year it was sur­pris­ing to see how the same hel­met could make dra­matic dif­fer­ences for one ath­lete and ac­tu­ally slow another down based on their head po­si­tion and neck flex­i­bil­ity. Boecherer found that suits that worked well on other ath­letes didn’t pro­vide him with the same ben­e­fits.—km

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.