Research and Innovation
In road cycling the margins of victory are small and every second is valuable. For Raceday we were curious to see what we could achieve in terms of aerodynamic performance.
Ryder Hesjedal won the 2012 Giro d’Italia after 91 hours, 39 minutes and 2 seconds of riding. The difference to second place Joaquim Rodriguez was 16 seconds, which if averaged across the 3 476 kilometers of the race, represents 0.005 seconds per kilometer. And across the 21 stages it means an average winning margin of 0.76 seconds per stage.
Studies show that up to 90% of a cyclists effort goes into travelling through the air. Significantly, 80% of this air resistance comes from the cyclist’s body and position on the bike. Being able to affect 80% of your aerodynamic efficiency is a challenge we have taken very seriously and it has required us to find new ways and solutions to improve performance.
Together with the aerodynamic specialists in WATTS Lab we have studied the specific performance needs in road cycling and importantly not only what to focus on, but also where to focus.
We have carefully researched and chosen fabrics, incorporated different technologies and treatments and worked with different panels, strategically placed for aerodynamic efficiency and to improve comfort and breathability.
WATTS Lab is a highly specialized department whose objective is to optimize performance and aerodynamics in POC products, allowing the cyclist to go faster while using less energy.
WATTS Lab brings together knowledge and experience from Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling team, aerodynamic specialists and experts in CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics). All members are carefully selected for their expertise and to give POC’s product development team scientifically validated input on what to apply and focus on to improve performance and aerodynamic efficiency.